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Daily Star - - SERIOUSLY FOOTBALL - By DAR­REN LEWIS

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 Paris St-Ger­main side’s 25-match un­beaten run was ended at French strug­glers Stras­bourg.

PSG went on to win the league while Stras­bourg’s shock vic­tory proved vi­tal in sav­ing them from rel­e­ga­tion.

But with fewer mar­gins for er­ror in the Pre­mier League – and Ar­se­nal’s 20-match un­beaten run at stake – Emery is in­sis­tent that Hud­der­s­field must not be taken for granted.

The Spa­niard said: “I don’t re­mem­ber [Stras­bourg]. I said be­fore, I only re­mem­ber in foot­ball the present.

“For me, yes­ter­day is a long time – Satur­day is also long ago. “Foot­ball hap­pens very quickly with pos­i­tive things, neg­a­tive things, but you need to learn.

“I’ve learnt in the Pre­mier League that every team has good play­ers, good or­gan­i­sa­tion and good pos­si­bil­i­ties in the 90 min­utes against every team,” he said.

Push

“On Satur­day, the first thing is a very big re­spect, more than Manch­ester United, more than Tot­ten­ham, be­cause we need a high level in our per­for­mance to win against them.

“They are go­ing to push a lot and will want a sur­prise.”

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 for­mer boss Ar­se­nal Wenger.

Last sea­son the Gun­ners were beaten at rel­e­gated Stoke, beaten at Wat­ford, held at strug­gling Southamp­ton, held at rel­e­gated West Brom, beaten at Bournemouth, beaten at rel­e­gated Swansea and seen off at Brighton.

At Hud­der­s­field they ac­tu­ally man­aged a win thanks to Pierre-Em­er­ick Aubameyang and Emery wants to en­sure his side re­peat the feat.

He is also de­ter­mined to main­tain the feel­good fac­tor which has re­turned to the red half of north London.

“We work for that,” he added. “They (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.”

BOSS: David Wag­ner BOY DANE WELL: Mathias Jor­gensen gets to grips with Spurs and Eng­land star Harry Kane in the style of his role model Ser­gio Ramos (be­low) DEADLY DUO: Aubameyang (right) with La­cazette

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