Arsenal have been handed a major boost in their hopes of Champions League qualification after Unai Emery provided positive injury updates on Aaron Ramsey, Laurent Koscielny, Granit Xhaka, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang while admitting that his squad needs 'everybody' at this point in the season.
Emery's side claimed a crucial 2-0 victory against Newcastle at the Emirates on Monday night, vaulting the north London club into third place in the Premier League table, but the win came at a cost as Ramsey was forced off with 30 minutes left to play, while Xhaka and Koscielny missed out entirely. Aubamayang played the final half hour after starting on the bench due to illness.
Ramsey scored the opener with a fine first-time finish into the far corner and even captained the side despite the midfielder's long-term future residing in Turin. Aubameyang was not fit enough to start but came off the bench to assist Alexandre Lacazette for Arsenal's
Following the match, Emery eased fears over the fitness of his ailing quartet. Speaking after the win over Newcastle, as reported by the Metro, the manager said: "
With a crucial April at their doorstep, Emery recognises that his squad depth will be tested, as Arsenal remain on course for a Premier League top-four finish, while they face a daunting tie with Napoli
Speaking of the Gunners' depth in this congested period, Emery said:
Unai Emery has equalled Arsenal’s points tally from last campaign with seven games to spare in his first season in charge.— Coral (@Coral) April 1, 2019
2017/18: 38 games, 63 points
2018/19: 31 games, 63 points
They go ahead of Spurs and into third for the first time this season. pic.twitter.com/HYsGwEMmeB
Source : 90min