Published: Sat, October 20, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Unai Emery puts Aaron Ramsey's Arsenal future on hold

Unai Emery puts Aaron Ramsey's Arsenal future on hold

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has called for calm and insisted the Gunners still have plenty to improve on despite a nine-game winning run in all competitions.

Fans chanted "We've got our Arsenal back" during the 5-1 win at Fulham before the global break, which took the Gunners to within two points of the league's leading trio of Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool.

The Wales global is now the Gunners' longest serving player, but with his contract up next summer and with Arsenal having withdrawn a contract offer, it appears that the 27-year old will be looking for a new stomping ground at the end of the season.

"I think the difficulty now is to not relax", said Emery ahead of Monday's visit of Leicester to the Emirates. We need to improve because for example the match against Fulham was a very good result and a very good game for 90 minutes but in the first 45 minutes I thought we needed to do better.

And Emery believes City, Chelsea and Liverpool, who share the Premier League lead on 20 points from eight matches, remain the benchmark.

"On Monday [against Leicester City] it's the same if he starts in the first XI or on the bench, to come with the focus for this match to help us".

"Our demands need to be very high".

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"We need to stay with the best teams in the Premier League".

"But now he is getting better, he is training with us in some things and this is very positive".

While Sokratis Papastathopoulos is unlikely to feature against Leicester due to a "small injury" Emery allayed fears over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's fitness.

Arsenal travel to Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League on Thursday and then face Crystal Palace away on Sunday.

"For me January is very far, I'm thinking Monday first and I want every player staying with the mentality and the preparation for playing together to win", he said.

"With only three days difference between one match and another, you can't do that". "It's hard for me to comment on because I'm not there but I do know he's a great player - if it was me I know I would want to keep him around".

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