Rafa Benitez compares Unai Emery's Arsenal to two of his former sides

Ross Houston
September 14, 2018

Emery made five new signings during the summer and has attempted to overhaul Arsenal's playing style and Benitez believes the new-look Gunners side bears the hallmarks of the successful Valencia and Liverpool teams he won silverware with earlier in his career.

United's manager fielded a five-man defence against Premier League champions Manchester City and Chelsea.

Below is how we think Newcastle could line up this weekend, with three changes to the side that were beaten at the Etihad Stadium by Manchester City.

Speaking ahead of Arsenal's trip to Newcastle United this weekend, Emery played down talk of a dispute with the player and insisted that he still has more to offer.

Ozil's retirement from worldwide football came after he made claims of racism from the German football association.

The Gunners' first game after the global break is against Newcastle United, and Emery feels it's an opportunity for Ozil and many others to get a fresh start. Emery has said that he is focused on ensuring that the team is balanced, which may mean that the forwards do not play together.

"For Mesut it is important, for me also, (to have) this focus every day with us".

Emery has already insisted that he wants to keep Monreal at the club for years to come and it seems the left-back has no intention of hanging up his boots in the foreseeable future.

Chief executive Ivan Gazidis' future looks less certain, though, with AC Milan having re-opened negotiations with him. He is very convinced about that in my conversations with him about it.

Yet, despite being handed a hugely lucrative new contract until 2021 in January, he has also struggled to make an impact since Emery took over at Arsenal in June.

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