Manchester City dropped five points behind Liverpool in their race for the Premier League title this week with an unexpected 2-1 defeat to Newcastle United on Tuesday evening.
Unai Emery’s men have won three of their last four in the Premier league but all victories came at the Emirates.
Manchester City host Arsenal on Sunday needing a win.
Ahead of the game, Arsenal boss Unai Emery has spoken out to the press.
Emery has discussed the possibility of loan signing Denis Suarez starting this weekend
If he starts, I have confidence in him. I am thinking about all the players. He [Suarez] started to train yesterday [Wednesday] and today with the group. He has a big character, he has the quality to play. I think he is good. He adapts quickly and he is a player with quality. He can help us with his quality but also his ambition to do something important to him. It’s a good challenge for him to help us.
‘Important’ that Suarez can speak English
He can speak English which is important. He played at Manchester City when he was a young player. He played with Barcelona, in the Champions league with important players. His adaptation will be easier with us.
The Arsenal boss has spoken about how Suarez might fit into his line-up
He can play right, left and he can play inside like a 10 player. I will use him in all positions.
Emery is asked about playing City
Tough match. We are playing against the best. Now, with Liverpool, they are doing a very big Premier League this season. Maybe they have lost some matches but that is an accident. When they are home for us it is difficult. But we want to show everybody we can play. Every player has a big ambition to show their best quality.
Bellerin injury update
It’s a big injury, it’s a long time. This season is impossible. The important thing is to be calm. Usually, this injury is 6/8 months.
Emery positive on Koscielny fitness
He trained today well, we are positive with him.
The news is less good on Matiland-Niles but Henrikh Mkhitaryan is back with the squad:
Today he (Matiland-Niles) didn’t train, we look tomorrow. Mkhitaryan trained today as normal. He is with us now.
More on Suarez’s best position
He played left winger for us with Sevilla, with Villarreal more right winger and with Barcelona more inside.
What does Suarez’s arrival mean for Ozil?
There is no change for him. Denis is coming here because we have a lot of problems with the winger. That is the reason.
Arsenal boss reveals the club were working to bring in three players:
The club was working. We were thinking about the possibility to maybe take three players but only if they could come here on our conditions. Suarez only came, but we are happy and the club is working very well.
Emery ‘very happy’ with state of the squad
I am very happy with the players who are here, we are also recovering some players from injuries who can help over these three months.