Unai Emery says he’ll play Arsenal’s senior players in the upcoming pre-season friendlies as his starts to manoeuvre his squad through the gears ahead of the opening game of the season at Newcastle United.
The Spaniard has leant heavily on the youngest members of the Gunners’ US tour squad in the wins over Colorado Rapids, Bayern Munich and Fiorentina but expects his established stars to take centre stage when we face Real Madrid, Lyon, Angers and Barcelona.
Facing the media ahead of Wednesday’s showdown (match kicks-off at 00:00 BST) with Zinedine Zidane’s side in Washington DC, Emery revealed that he’s been pleased with the Stateside work so far.
“It’s going all as we prepared with the young players playing and showing their capacity with us, taking rhythm, taking confidence and working tactically with all the players in different situations,” he said.
“Tomorrow is the last game, maybe the most difficult match and another opportunity for every player to show his capacity. But for us the result isn’t the most important, the most important is to use players and have them taking confidence, taking minutes and to share minutes between the experienced players and the young players.”
He added: “We started to playing against Colorado Rapids with a lot of young players and progressively we are using less minutes and to share with the experienced players. It depends on the matches.
“Tomorrow, at the beginning I want to take more minutes with the players thinking about our progress for the first match against Newcastle. But also, we are going to use some young players at the beginning or during the match to continue trying with this difficult capacity against Real Madrid.”