Emery wary of old allies Gracia and Deulofeu


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Unai Emery says he expects Watford to demand quite a bit from Arsenal on Monday as he goes head-to-head with former teammate Javi Gracia.

The 2 Spaniards performed collectively for a yr at Actual Sociedad within the mid-90s and have stayed in contact ever since, crossing swords as managers on quite a few events in La Liga.

The Hornets have loved a strong marketing campaign within the Premier League – they presently sit tenth within the desk – and final weekend beat Wolves to succeed in the FA Cup last.

Given Arsenal’s poor type away from house, Emery is aware of his gamers have their work minimize out in the event that they’re to take the three factors.

“I do know Javi Gracia and above all his groups are very organised with an enormous dedication to serving to one another,” he informed his pre-game press conference.

“They're very troublesome groups to battle as a result of defensively they're very robust and that is now at Watford.

“They're a really organised staff, with an enormous capability offensively as a result of they create an excellent motion and a good suggestion, a great type to take that.

“They're going to demand quite a bit from us on Monday however it's a good match and I respect it rather a lot, and I need to play matches towards Javi Gracia and Watford as a result of I feel they're doing an enormous season.”

Emery additionally faces a reunion with Gerard Deulofeu, a participant he had on mortgage at Sevilla. The 25-year-old midfielder grabbed the headlines on Sunday when he got here off the bench to bag a brace.

Given his type, he’s more likely to be an enormous menace for the house aspect and he might properly have some extent to show; Emery as soon as referred to as into query his ‘maturity and capability for sacrifice’. 

“He's enjoying additionally now very properly,” stated Emery. “He made the distinction final week towards Wolves within the FA Cup semi-final, with a tremendous two objectives.

“I like this participant lots. I feel Javi Gracia is doing huge work with him and he's displaying now an enormous efficiency and in addition I feel Watford supporters are having fun with him.

“He performed at Milan, he performed at Barcelona, he performed at Sevilla, he wants his course of additionally and he's discovering a superb staff, a great environment, an excellent coach with him [who is] creating him. His profession continues on this course of to enhance and to develop up.”


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