Unai Emery says Arsenal’s new recruits are in contention to play against Burnley

The Spanish coach says he will pick the best team for getting a result on Saturday (Picture: Getty)

Unai Emery has hinted that some of Arsenal’s new signings could be unleashed against Burnley in Saturday’s Premier League clash at the Emirates.

There were no fresh faces in Emery’s starting XI for last week’s win over Newcastle, though David Luiz, Nicolas Pepe, Dani Ceballos and Gabriel Martinelli were named on the bench – with the latter trio handed cameos in the second half.

Luiz had only signed three days before the trip to St James’ Park but has trained all week and Emery revealed that the new signings are all competing for places in the line-up.

Luiz could slot into the defence against Sokratis on Saturday lunchtime (Picture: Getty)

Asked if the new arrivals are ready to play, Emery explained: ‘Each player is different. After Newcastle and this week the players are working well.

‘We can decide to choose different options in each position. Really I think we need to be competitive.

‘We need different options to decide who is better each match. The new players, the players who were with us last year, the young players, we can achieve our way each match with confidence.’

Asked specifically if record signing Pepe will start, Emery continued: ‘I am going to decide tomorrow because now is a small difference for my decision about the player.

Pepe came off the bench against Newcastle and could start on Saturday (Picture: Getty)

‘It depends how they will be tomorrow in the training. Pepe is training with us, improving with us, knowing us.

‘He’s understanding our style little by little and physically getting better. He is more close to help us at the beginning [of the match].’


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