Press conference

'The players are very, very focused for this game'

Sunday's game at Everton marks the first of five away games during the run-in to the Premier League season.

We have won five times on the road so far this term, so how does Unai Emery plan to improve that record during this vital period.

"We are thinking game by game and we know we have five of seven matches away," he said. "For us it’s a big challenge, away [from home] we want to achieve the same good performances as when we play at Emirates Stadium. 

"We have confidence now but we know it’s very difficult and I think it’s a long way until the last matches. We’ll think about each match coming, [get] the information on how we can take them.

"I am very realistic. We are in a good moment. It depends on Sunday as well, these three points, but now each match is very important for that. If we win, we are third. If we don't win, we can't hold this position. 

"But football is each moment to enjoy, to prepare, to work, to play. It depends if we are efficient on the pitch. If we are - for 90 minutes - competitive, then I think we can achieve these three points.

"But it's a long way to go and we need to be positive, but also realistic and the reality is that Sunday is a very big challenge and a very big opportunity now. We are going to continue in our way and Sunday is the first. I think the players are very, very focused for this match and for our moment."

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