Leno set for Arsenal starts as Emery issues Cech injury update

Sherman Parsons
October 7, 2018

Emery insisted this week that Aaron Ramsey wouldn't be distracted by reports that his negotiations with Arsenal have broken down.

The hosts were forced into a substitution on the stroke of halftime after veteran shot-stopper Petr Cech went down with a hamstring and was replaced by Bernd Leno. And what a difference that made!

The Wales worldwide now looks destined to leave either in January or at the end of the season, with Emery insisting the ongoing uncertainty will not affect Ramsey on the pitch, although he was largely anonymous before being replaced by Alex Iwobi after the break.

But there is a parallel process at play which is perhaps even more significant: Ramsey is simply not playing well and Emery's system clearly does not suit him - at least in the role he has been allocated.

"Each player, they have their individual situations with their contracts and this is one thing - for me today is not the day to speak a lot".

"Three weeks ago he was out of the team for two weeks with an injury".

With Ramsey's reputation on the slide along with his performances, do you think Iwobi has earned an extended run in the Arsenal first team?

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I wanted to win.

Emery's side were not at their best as they were outplayed by the Hornets before a late Craig Cathcart own goal and a Mesut Ozil strike secured the points.

However, it is hard to overlook the wins they mustered through that stretch which also points at improvement. Ramsey's 2017-18 season wasn't spotless but he scored his first Arsenal hat trick, against Everton, netted the club's goal of the season against CSKA Moscow and captained the side in Arsene Wenger's final match in charge. "I think that's the way for him and for other players". "We need to continue being calm, and giving them calm".

Watford's Troy Deeney, left, and Arsenal's Shkodran Mustafi battle for the ball during their English Premier League soccer match at the Emirates Stadium, London, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018.

"For me, every player is very important with their relation with the team".

Emery was up against a former team-mate in Gracia, the pair played together at Real Sociedad, and it was the Arsenal boss who would have the upper hand eventually.

"I want him to stay nearer the box to score and be more aggressive, finding assists for team-mates".

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