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Alla Zakarian

07-11-2018 | 18:52 Football

Unai Emery reveals Laurent Koscielny close to return, but another star ruled out. Press Conference

Arsenal have a place at least 32 of the Europa League firmly in their sights as they prepare to welcome Sporting Lisbon to the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners have three wins from three in Group E and will advance through with three more points against the Portuguese side on Thursday night. Nacho Monreal will not be fit for Arsenal's Europa League clash with Sporting Lisbon tomorrow night. The left-back, 32, has not played for a month and trained on his own today after losing his race to be fit. Ahead of the clash, Arsenal boss Unai Emery has faced the press. On how he is feeling ahead of the Sporting game We are finding our focus. This competition is very important for us, it is a title and one way into the Champions League next year. And the second focus is in our work. For continuing to improve and taking responsibility and confidence. And above all, I want to continue for 90 minutes with our supporters and with the same spirit as the last matches against Leicester, Blackpool and Liverpool. Tomorrow is a very good test for us. On what to expect from Sporting They are a team with very good players and also a very good history. They changed the coach but for them, it’s a very big match and a very big test in this competition in their thinking about getting the first position against us. We will go into the game with big respect for them to do a big match with our personality. On team news At the moment we continue to have injuries for Mavropanos and Koscielny, he is getting better training with us. Nacho [Monreal] we are taking precaution with him because we don’t want to repeat the same injury. He is starting to train but not doing all with us. He isn’t in the group for tomorrow. On Laurent Koscielny - How long until a return The most important thing is his feeling every day. He can feel better each training with us. He is closer to being with us in competition games. But at the moment we are calm, we are happy with him and he is feeling well. I think he is getting better every day. We are going to think after the international break about how we are going to start with him to play games. On whether being one win away from qualification will make a difference to who he plays against Sporting Of course, the first mind for us is to finish first in the group. Tomorrow is a very important match because it is against the second team in the table and if we win we are first in the group. That is our clear target tomorrow.

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