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Build Arsenal attacking force around Lacazette, Martin Keown tells Unai Emery

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Former Arsenal defender, Martin Keown has told Unai Emery to build his attacking force around the former Lyon striker, Alexandre Lacazette, uniquesports.com.ng reports.

Lacazette was signed last summer for a then club-record £52million but his place in the team has been compromised by the subsequent arrival of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Emery had struggled to pair the two forwards in his starting line-up until Sunday’s win over Cardiff, during which both players opened their goal scoring accounts for the new Premier League season.

The France international has started the three previous games on the bench but he has proved that he should be included in the starting XI and Keown has been impressed with his attitude as much as his performances on the pitch.

“I think special mention has to go to Alexandre Lacazette,” he told the Daily Mail.

“How patient has that man been? His attitude has been impeccable.

“He failed to make the French squad for the World Cup then watched from afar as they went on to lift the trophy in Russia.

“Emery used him as a substitute in his first three Premier League matches, then he finally gets to start against Cardiff. So what he do? He goes and scores the winner.

“Lacazette now has to play and be the person they build around. Full credit to him.” Keown said.

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Arsenal coach,Emery rates Koscielny’s performance after Qarabag game

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Arsenal manager, Unai Emery was full of praise for defender, Laurent Koscielny after he made his long-awaited return from injury in the Gunners’ win over Qarabag on Thursday.

Koscielny has been out of action since May after tearing his Achilles, but started for the first time in seven months at the Emirates.

Arsenal is in the middle of an injury and suspension crises and Emery hinted that Koscielny could be drafted in against Southampton on Sunday depending on how he reacts to his first match in so long.

“We are doing with him our process after the big injury. Today is another step for him, for us,” Metro UK quoted Emery as saying at his post-match press conference.

“We need to know tomorrow and Saturday how he is going to feel after this match to see if he can help us on the pitch on Sunday.

“For Koscielny, it is good he has recovered. When he is coming back like today every supporter is happy, as are the players.

“He can take confidence again, take rhythm and then we are going to continue our process, maybe Sunday. But I want to wait to see how he will feel.”

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Europa League: What Mesut Ozil said after Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Qarabag FK

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Arsenal playmaker, Mesut Ozil has spoken up on his side’s 1-0 victory over Qarabag FK in the Europa League encounter played on Thursday night.

Ozil has missed his side’s last four matches due to a back spasm he sustained few weeks ago.

The 30-year-old returned for Gunners’ 1-0 win over Qarabag, setting up striker, Alexandre Lacazette to score the only goal of the match to give Unai Emery’s side all three points.

The midfielder took to his Twitter page after the match and wrote: “Simple a good feeling,” Ozil tweeted. “Back on the pitch and back with a win.” He accompanied the message with a picture of him and Lacazette.”

Commenting on the post one fan wrote: “Good to see you back Mesut,” while another added: “You came back with an assist and made my day.”

Ozil will hope to lead Arsenal to victory when they tackle Southampton on Sunday in the Premier League.

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Europa League: Emery praises Nigerian-born forward after Qarabag game

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Arsenal manager, Unai Emery, has hailed 17-year-old Bukayo Saka for playing “with a very big personality” on his full debut for the Gunners, in Thursday’s 1-0 win over Qarabag in the Europa League.

Saka made his first start for the Gunners on the left wing and showed plenty of confidence, as he tested goalkeeper Vagner with an early strike from the edge of the box and tried to take on defenders.

The Nigerian-born forward also missed a good chance to score his first Arsenal goal in ths second half.

Saka is the latest youngster to impress Emery during this Europa League group stage, which has also seen good performances by fellow teenagers Eddie Nketiah, Emile Smith Rowe and Joe Willock.

“They show us in every match positive things. And today Saka also, he played with a good performance with a very big personality.

“We were speaking at half-time, they were trying one-on-ones against the opposition.

“Not every action was good for us, but his personality is very important to continue in the second half trying to do one-on-ones and break lines with his quality. He played with a very big personality for the 90 minutes, and with sometimes a good performance. And for him it’s very important for his confidence,” Emery said after the game.

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