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Emery - We want to write a new history

Unai Emery says he wants us to “write a new history” as we seek to improve our record against the top-six teams.

We head into Saturday’s clash against Liverpool having won 12 of our last 13 games in all competitions, and our head coach says we have a chance to make a statement against Jurgen Klopp’s unbeaten side.

on our record against the big six...
We want to write a new history. The new history is in the present and also, with our players, our quality and our capacity, I believe in my players and this project. We are starting this project with a very positive way with what we are doing. We are in our mentality that we also need to improve things but each match they are giving us a lot of information for improvement and development and I trust in my players.

on it being a big match and a chance to make a statement...
I think each match is a very important match and each match for us is very important. The most important is tomorrow. It's a very big test because it's against Liverpool, they are a very good team, an intense team and they require a lot of work for us to battle them but I believe in our team and our players. We are also doing our way. Historically, they say there are a lot of goals in matches between Arsenal and Liverpool and the most important thing for us is that every supporter can enjoy this match. But we want to enjoy winning.

on stopping Liverpool's threats...
We want to not allow them to have or to do, in the 90 minutes, their jobs. With individual players and also their collective and tactical capacity. They are developing a lot with the goalkeeper because they build up on this work with Alisson and the centre-backs and the midfield players. They can progress on the pitch with a lot of quality, starting with Alisson. We need to do a big match in individual duels against them and also tactically, we need to be together and play with our capacity, identity and style and we need to impose on them. It's difficult for 90 minutes to impose our style but in moments we need to impose our ideas and our style and this is the duel for 90 minutes.

on what he learned from losing to Chelsea and Manchester City...
These two matches are so far and also they are so near, so close. Tomorrow is similar because Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool are in front of us in the table and now we want to compete against them and this test, I think, is a very important test but I trust in our players, I trust in our way. The result tomorrow is very important but first I want to show them, to show you and to show everybody our best mentality in the game. I know if we have a very big mentality in the game and a very big performance individually and collectively, and also we need some luck, then I think we can win.

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