EMERY’S BEEN BITTEN BE­FORE BY UN­DER­DOGS

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - FOOTBALL SPY -

UNAI EMERY claims to have blanked the mem­ory from his mind, but the Arse­nal boss has good rea­son to fear Hud­der­s­field this af­ter­noon.

This time last year his all-con­quer­ing Paris Saint-ger­main side saw their 25-match un­beaten run ended by Ligue 1 strug­glers Stras­bourg (be­low).

With fewer mar­gins for er­ror in the Premier League – and with Arse­nal’s 20-match un­beaten run at stake – Emery (above) is in­sis­tent that rel­e­ga­tion-threat­ened Hud­der­s­field must not be taken for granted. “I’ve learnt in the Premier League that ev­ery team has good play­ers, good or­gan­i­sa­tion and has a chance,” said the Spa­niard.

“Against Hud­der­s­field we need to show a great deal of re­spect, more than Manch­ester United, more than Tot­ten­ham, be­cause we need a high level in our per­for­mance to beat them. They are go­ing to push a lot and will want to cause a sur­prise.

“I don’t re­mem­ber Stras­bourg. I said be­fore, I only think about foot­ball in the present.

“For me, yes­ter­day is a long time ago. Satur­day is also long ago. I’m think­ing of to­day, pre­par­ing for Satur­day’s match.

“Foot­ball hap­pens very quickly, with pos­i­tive things, neg­a­tive things, but you need to learn.

“Learn­ing, and also im­prov­ing. You al­ways need to think about how to cre­ate a new vic­tory.”

Firm in the mem­ory of Arse­nal fans is that this is the kind of match in which they would drop vi­tal points in the last days of Arse­nal Wenger. Last sea­son the Gun­ners were beaten at rel­e­gated Stoke and Swansea, held at rel­e­gated West Brom, de­feated at Wat­ford, Bournemouth and Brighton and held at strug­gling Southamp­ton.

They scraped a fi­nal-day 1-0 win at Hud­der­s­field thanks to a goal by Pierre-em­er­ick Aubameyang.

Emery wants to en­sure his side gain an­other vic­tory over the Ter­ri­ers to­day at the Emi­rates.

He is also de­ter­mined to main­tain the feel-good fac­tor which has re­turned to the red and white half of north Lon­don.

“We have worked for that,” he added. “The fans can be happy with us, can be proud with our work, with our vic­to­ries, with our draws.

“Ev­ery day we need to cre­ate this spirit and this feel­ing.

“On Satur­day I want to give the sup­port­ers the same en­ergy, to con­nect with them.

“If we do that, they will re­spond and bring their spirit and en­ergy to lift us.”

BY DAR­REN LEWIS

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