Arsenal boss Unai Emery has been speaking to the media ahead of the game against Cardiff City tomorrow night.
The Spaniard has been discussing all things from fitness, injury updates and potential signings that could happen before Thursday’s deadline, as reported by the club’s official website.
Arsenal will be looking to take all three points on Tuesday night, knowing that a win could see them move level with London rivals Chelsea, who currently occupy fourth spot.
This is what the Arsenal boss has had to say:
Laurent Koscielny suffered a nasty facial injury during the cup defeat to Manchester United.
Emery was able to provide more information about the Frenchman’s current situation.
He also gave an injury update on Sokratis following some concerns surrounding the Greek’s fitness.
“They are not OK for tomorrow but it is good news for example for Laurent Koscielny because he didn’t break his jaw. Sokratis doesn’t have a big injury but he isn’t OK, I don’t know how long but I think maybe two or three weeks.”
Will Mavropanos get a chance to impress?
There has been some speculation that Konstantinos Mavropanos could get a chance to impress after falling out of favour.
The youngster is being tipped for a return in the first team following the recent run of injuries and Emery admits he is not ruling anything out at this stage.
“He has been working with us for the past month and playing with the under-23s and he is OK. The first half can work with him for the squad tomorrow and he is in the squad with the possibility to play.”
Emotions running high at Cardiff
The game on Tuesday night will be Cardiff’s first since the disappearance of striker Emiliano Sala.
Emery paid his respect to both Cardiff and Ligue 1 side Nantes ahead of the game.
“All our thoughts are with Nantes and Cardiff and to the player and the pilot’s families and friends, and tomorrow we are going to remember them. After, we are going to play one match and be remembering this situation but also giving together for one recovery for Emiliano Sala and for the pilot. Also, our thoughts are with his family and all their friends.”
Is it a 'must-win' for Arsenal?
After the win against Chelsea, many have suggested that this game is a ‘must-win’ for the Gunners as they look to close the gap between themselves and their London rivals.
That very question was put to Emery himself during his pre-match press conference.
“We played against Chelsea with the same situation and we won. We are speaking in the dressing room every time for this importance in our way in the Premier League and in each match. If you win against Chelsea but you don’t win tomorrow then you are losing three very important points. We have very big respect for Cardiff because they are a very competitive team. They won in Leicester and the played their last matches where the results were only just against them.”
On potential signings to come this week
With Thursday’s transfer deadline looming, there was a lot of speculation about transfers and Emery was clear in his response.
He confirmed that the club are working on deals, but he could not guarantee that they would be done before Thursday.
“Nil or possibly two. Between nil and two. If they aren’t coming to help us like we want, then we would prefer them to not come. Two because we are looking at two different players who have the possibility to come here.”