Unai Emery drops Denis Saurez selection hint ahead of Newcastle match

first_img Metro Sport ReporterFriday 29 Mar 2019 2:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Denis Suarez is still waiting to make his first competitive start for Arsenal (Picture: EMPICS)Unai Emery insists Denis Suarez is ready to make his first competitive start for Arsenal ahead of Monday’s Premier League clash against Newcastle.The Spaniard arrived on loan from Barcelona in January but has struggled to make an impact and been restricted to making just six substitute appearances so far.Suarez started on Tuesday as Arsenal concluded their warm weather training camp in Dubai with a 3-2 win over Al Nasr, showing several flashes of promise and combining effectively with Mesut Ozil.On the 25-year-old’s chances of starting against Newcastle, Emery said: ‘I think he is OK for starting in the first eleven, to give us this impact. I think now our focus is collectively a very strong focus to help, in 90 minutes, 30 minutes or one minute.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘We are going to need everybody, every player for the next matches.‘Now we have a lot of players ready, with a big mentality with a big performance to play and help us. For me like that, we can be stronger, more competitive for taking the big performance, with Denis or with another player.’Arsenal put themselves in a strong position with regards to a top four finish prior to the international break with a win over Manchester United which moved Emery’s side to within a point of third place Tottenham. Comment Arsenal moved to within a point of Tottenham in third place with a win over Manchester United earlier this month (Picture: Getty)The Gunners won’t face another ‘Big Six’ side between now and the end of the campaign but their manager denied his side have an easier run-in than their rivals.‘Each day, each match, for us and them, is very important. Thirty-eight matches give us [the chance] to be competitive, to play consistently,’ he added.‘Now we are taking as a big performance as Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham. Now it’s very important and I trust in us.‘I know we need to do a lot to be in the top four. I know Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham are going to win a lot of points between this match and the last.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Unai Emery drops Denis Saurez selection hint ahead of Newcastle match Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

United agree deal for Rojo

first_img Argentina international Rojo, 24, on Tuesday morning hinted he was poised to move to Old Trafford and become part of Louis van Gaal’s squad, and Sporting have now confirmed his departure. Tweets published through the Primeira Liga club’s official account welcomed Nani to the Estadio Jose Alvalade while announcing United had also given Sporting nine million euros to help construct their new indoor arena, the Pavilhao, in exchange for securing Rojo’s services. Press Association Sporting Lisbon have sanctioned the sale of Marcos Rojo to Manchester United with winger Nani returning to Portugal as part of the deal.center_img The 27-year-old Nani, who moved to Manchester in 2007, is understood to have joined the Lions on a season-long loan, but neither United nor Sporting have confirmed the details. Rojo is equally comfortable at centre-back as he is at left-back and played all 120 minutes of July’s World Cup final as Argentina lost to Germany after extra-time in Rio de Janeiro. In an interview with the radio station Continental in his homeland, quoted in several national newspapers, he said: “It’s a dream to play at Manchester United and I am very proud of having the chance of working with (Louis) van Gaal. “I spoke with Juan Sebastian Veron about Manchester United when we were at Estudiantes. I have always liked English football, and I should adapt to this new playing style easily.” United’s move for Rojo had been complicated by a row between Sporting and his third-party ownership group, while the player upset his employers by initially refusing to train in a bid to push through the deal, although he later apologised and returned to work. “There was a misunderstanding, I never wanted to do something wrong at Sporting as I have always been very thankful to that team that gave me many chances for playing in Europe,” Rojo said. “If I made a mistake, I have already apologised because I didn’t want to hurt the feelings of anyone at the club.” Tweets from United’s official account published later on Tuesday read: “#mufc has reached agreement with Sporting Lisbon to sign defender Marcos Rojo, subject to a medical and personal terms. “A further announcement will be made when the process is complete.” last_img read more