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Premier League: Chelsea v. Arsenal

After playing against the champions Manchester City in the Opening day, Arsenal has another big game against Chelsea for the first London derby. Both coaches preview the big game.

Coach Arsenal, Emery on what to do better than against Man City:

“We need to continue with our work to make the differences in the next match and in the future. For me, what was most important was the players know the positive things we did in this game and also the things we need to improve on and work more for.

First, we want to build a competitive team. We are going to play away but we need to keep our personality, keep our mentality, because I think on Sunday against Manchester City, the team kept their ideas, kept their spirit in the game for the full 90 minutes, even when we were losing, and didn’t let [their heads] go down.

That was a good thing, [despite] us losing 2-0. I want us to continue with this work and to be completive for 90 minutes, but with a better performance than on Sunday, both individually and collectively. We want a good preparation before and a good response on the pitch to that preparation.

 think we can improve in each match, in each training. The difficulty is clear: I believe in our team, I believe in our players. We can improve and we need to improve playing in the difficult games.

Our demands are very high and I want these demands for me first, but also for the players and the club. We need to work hard, we need to work together and we need to suffer together when we lose. It’s the same for me, for the players and for the club. 

On Saturday we need to be a more competitive team on the pitch to change these away performances.”

Coach Chelsea, Sarri on the importance to beat a city rival:

“We started to work all together only 10 days ago. We have to work, to improve, but in my opinion in two months we can be a very good team. It has been very difficult, but in this season it has been very difficult for every club, especially the biggest clubs, with the World Cup, the friendly matches. 

It’s difficult for everybody against Manchester City! Emery is a very good coach. He won the Europa League three times, he won in France with PSG, and I think Arsenal this season will be competitive. They will be able to fight for a place in the Champions League.

In this moment in English football there is a club above the others, Manchester City. We have to try to do our best and try to reach 101 per cent of our potential, and then we have to see. We have to work to reduce the gap.

I don’t know now what can happen, but my feeling is that we can be a very good team.”