Emery positive about Ceballos injury and still being top

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Unai Emery doesn’t believe Dani Ceballos has suffered a serious injury despite his compatriot pulling up in the second half of Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Vitoria with what looked to be a hamstring problem.

The midfielder pulled up clutching the back of his left leg during the second half and was eventually replaced by Matteo Guendouzi on 54 minutes despite trying to run it off.

Asked about the Real Madrid loanee, Emery sounded relatively positive.

“We are going to wait for the analysis tomorrow but at the beginning I think it is a small injury,” he told his post-game press conference.

Either way, we’re assuming Ceballos is now a doubt for Saturday’s trip to Leicester.

Emery also took the opportunity to remind his doubters that Arsenal are top of Europa League Group F, even if this performance was more befitting a team of drunk Sunday League players.

“In this competition, our objective is to be first in the group and we have 10 points and we are first,” he said.

“We are going to play the next two matches to make sure of that position, and now we are going to prepare for Leicester on Saturday.

“It’s a new competition and it is very important. But the analysis from this match, I think we worked hard and fought against a team who were very strong defensively, and very organised.

“They played against us with 100 per cent motivation and also with their supporters.

“A little disappointed for the result because we wanted to win, but we are first in the group and we want to make sure of that position in the next matches.”

Having watched his side fail to close out a fourth consecutive game from a winning position and with a six point gap opening on the top four, Emery must know his job is on the line if we don’t deliver three points at the King Power.

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Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

“They played against us with 100 per cent motivation” it’s a pity your teams don’t do the same Unai.

Dave M
Dave M

Are you sure that is Unai next to Ceballos in that photo? Looks more like Darth Vader, which would make more sense to this hostile take-over we’ve seen.

Tankard Goonet
Tankard Goonet

Oddly enough I got a Sidious vibe when I saw the photo for the first time.

Jack
Jack

The curse of the 3.50pm kick off.

Man
Man

“We tried with big motivation to prepare disappointment 100% with organisation. They pushed with competitive position etc…”

Bergkamp2Wright
Bergkamp2Wright

He genuinely thinks being top of that group is an achievement. The bloke is a complete fucking joke. If they don’t sack him when we lose to Leicester then there needs to be full scale protests. There can’t be any arsenal fan left that seriously wants this guy in charge any more, even if the results pick up I still want him gone.

Viva La Prof
Viva La Prof

Carlo Ancelotti Is about to be available, I know it won’t help us against Leicester, but he could maybe fuck shit up with this team no ?

truj
truj

Sorry, there is one, who wants to give him more time. It’s me. My favourite player is Mustafi because he scores when he wants and where he wants.

Mouise
Mouise

No worry. £15M Dani will start on saturday even with crutches…

Dave
Dave

Just stop with the BS £15m figure. It’s boring.

Thierry Bergkamp
Thierry Bergkamp

Fully fit squad lasted 1 game

Tapps

half a game!

Confused
Confused

He reminds me of Martinez when he was at Everton…

Malaysian gunner
Malaysian gunner

Yet again Arsenal can t win after leading in as many games.
This is criminal and Emery has to take responsibility.
If Arsenal were lose by a big margin on Saturday,he will and not could
be axed.
Wenger lost 8-2 but survived. Shd a similar scenario happened,
I don’t Emery will be spared.

Chamakhyungpark
Chamakhyungpark

Wake me up when this is over

MateKiddleton
MateKiddleton

Yes, Unai, we’re top of the table above european giants Standard Liege, Vitoria and Frankfurt…

GraeB
GraeB

Just imagine we were in in CL – being trounced by Bayern/Real/Barca – where we would have being using the first team and not the Mickey Mouse comp team 😱

A Different George
A Different George

Well, I’m not as sure about even that after I saw what Frankfurt did to Bayern.

Redsy
Redsy

All.i read anymore is the headline bloggs posts. anything Emery has to say is pointless

Goonerrific
Goonerrific

Ok Unai, time to fuck off now.

Lula
Lula

I wouldn’t mind if we don’t see Ceballos for a while. He’s alright and in demand presumably as long as Xhaka is out. But he takes too many touches, he’s slow and not great defensively. I struggle to think exactly what he can bring which other players can’t to the middle of the pitch.

Mother
Mother

I don’t understand where this sudden disdain for Ceballos has come from…?

He’s in a new team, in a new league, in a new country AND he only turned 23 years old a few months ago. He’s still young and playing in a very bad system that exposes whoever plays in the centre of midfield.

I’d argue that he’s energetic, can put in a tackle, has great close control and possesses a decent passing ability AND he certainly isn’t the reason we’re in such a hole at the moment so give him a break.

Once a gunner
Once a gunner

I don’t know whether you can say this about Xhaka

Sue

Top against those world beaters 🙄
I wonder what excuses he’ll come up with after Saturday, because right now, I’m afraid I can’t see owt other than a Leicester thrashing!

GraeB
GraeB

We reached the EL final before we met a first quality team last year and what happened then! Shit, Citeh even played with Walker in goal, 10 men and got a draw. Spuds get 4 in Belgrade. Liverpool just plough on.

He can’t see winning a group stage in EL a masterpiece of football.

Sue

Oh I bet he does! He doesn’t seem that bothered about winning either, and not just in this competition. Even if Vitoria had gone down to 10 men, we still wouldn’t have won!
Getting worse game by game.. surely Saturday will be the end for Unai… I’m done with this season already……. ☹

Jean Ralphio
Jean Ralphio

Ceballos should be sent back to Madrid. It’s better we give his position to an academy player

charles
charles

well i hope it’s good bye emery come Monday morning.. i believe instead of torriera- guendouzi partnership we’ll see a willock -xhaka partnership as he continues to dig deeper in his search for the tunnel linking emirates with spain