Unai Emery says Gunners can reach same level as Man City

Mesut Ozil remained on the bench at Bournemouth

Former PSG coach Emery has enjoyed an encouraging first few months as Wenger's successor, with Arsenal now unbeaten in 16 matches and buoyed by impressive performances against Liverpool, Fulham and Leicester.

22 years of Arsene Wenger came to an end in June this year when the Frenchman left the Emirates, despite not really wanting to go, after more than two decades at the helm.

Arsenal boss Unai Emery reveals that club captain Laurent Koscielny is closing in on a return to competitive action. "I want to be demanding", he said.

Bournemouth and Arsenal have been operating at very different ends of the football pyramid over the years but Sunday lunchtime's Premier League fixture sees the team ranked sixth in the table host the side now occupying fifth place.

"But with time, you can only take care of technique and attacking freedom, losing your defensive structure". I respect him a lot, but no matter how much info he gave me, I had to change things.

"I told the players: "We started at kilometre zero". Arsenal was in decline.

And while the 1-1 draw with Liverpool seemed to indicate that Emery's team have closed to the gap to the top title contenders, they also dropped points against Crystal Palace and Wolves following an 11-game winning streak in all competitions. Arsenal were falling. We had to stop that and start to lift them.

The Gunners have failed to qualify for Europe's elite club competition for two seasons in a row having finished sixth and fifth respectively in their last two league campaigns.

"The Premier League is our priority, and our objective in terms of the table is to finish in the top four", Emery said on www.arsenal.com. "We can", said Emery. Emery didn't mention Tottenham or Man United as any of the teams he wanted to match so if we are going to be moving up to the level of Man City, Liverpool or Chelsea then we really could do with some impressive performances in the coing tests.

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