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Emery admits Arsenal ‘need’ to beat West Ham

After two defeats in the first two matches, new Gunners boss is in urgent need of his first three points

23 August, 2018 — By Steve Barnett

ARSENAL boss Unai Emery says his team “need to win” against West Ham on Saturday, but admits it will be “a difficult” challenge.

The Spaniard has yet to experience the thrill of earning even a single Premier League point since replacing Arsene Wenger in the summer, having lost his opening two matches against Manchester City and Chelsea.

However, he’s hoping that will change this weekend when the Hammers visit the Emirates Stadium. “In our process we are going to play 38 matches – when you are playing against Manchester City it is the same as against West Ham. There are three points you can win from the game,” said Emery.

“It is clear, every game demands different things tactically. After the first two matches we have two defeats. We need to win this game against West Ham. But there are difficulties in this game. They are a good team, with good players, and a good coach who knows the Premier League. They have a lot of new players but we are thinking in our way and our work. We are preparing well, I think. We are feeling well when I look at the players in training.”

The 3pm kick-off will also mark Jack Wilshere’s return to the club for the first time since joining West Ham in the summer. Emery says he wishes the midfielder all the best – apart from on Saturday.

“I spoke with Jack for 15 minutes before he left,” Emery added. “The first thing for me is I have respect for his career here. And then, he chooses what the best was for him in his future. I know that here, the supporters like him and have this respect also. “I think there is a good reception for him Saturday. Then we are going to play and we are going to think after that, for us to win. But I hope the best for his career.”

Emery also found time for an update on Laurent Koscielny’s injury problems at today’s (Thursday) press conference. Koscielny is still recovering from a long-term achilles problem, and Emery admitted it’s still too early to know exactly when he will be back in action.

“He is working very hard. Every day two sessions,” he said. “We are happy to have him here with us because he is our captain and he is showing his spirit to stay with us. “We need passion with him. It is clear he is very important to us.”

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