Emery says fixture congestion at Arsenal is no problem

Arsenal face FC Qarabag in the Europa League on Thursday before Sunday’s Premier League match against Fulham

Arsenal face FC Qarabag in the Europa League on Thursday before Sunday’s Premier League match against Fulham

Arsenal eased to Europa League victory against Qarabag on Thursday night - but they were far from their best in Baku.

The Gunners fell at the semi-final stage to eventual champions Atletico Madrid.

Aubameyang did not travel with the rest of The Gunners squad for their Europa League clash against Qarabag, but the good thing for The Gunners was that he was not required in Azerbaijan.

Smith Rowe's next targets are to make his Premier League debut, and join fellow under-17 World Cup victor Jadon Sancho in the senior England squad.

However, this will be our third game in eight days and the players could be feeling the effects of a 5,000-mile round trip to Azerbaijan so we shouldn't be taking anything for granted against a Fulham side that sit 17th in the table.

There are fears that Arsenal might lose star player Aaron Ramsey for free, without cashing in on him after they were unable to tie him down with a deal.

"For me the challenge is every day and every match - to look back to the last match is not good for us and not for me".

Arsenal, up to fifth place after recovering from their slow start to the season, are vying to win six successive Premier League matches within a single campaign for the first time since August to October 2016.

Emery had set up with a back three and they were tested on a couple of occasions in the first half, especially as Mahir Madatov danced past Kolasinac and got a shot away which Bernd Leno did well to keep out. Such a good game was because of the good preparation of the players. I think in the 90 minutes today, the team worked very well.

"There's huge room for improvement".

"We are working to prepare for the next matches".

"The team right now is courageous; really offensive at a good level".

The fact that it is an away game for Arsenal means Unai would want to go with an extra midfielder, rather than an out and out striker, and that makes Henrikh's case stronger.

"We need to be motivated, and we will be ready for the battle".

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