Unai Emery admits he still doesn’t know his best Arsenal XI.
But ahead of Sunday’s game at home to Everton, that is just the way Arsene Wenger’s successor wants it.
His side go into action on the back of three straight Premier League wins, plus Thursday’s victory over Ukrainian side Vorskla Poltava.
Yet that Europa League opener only added to his selection headache with Danny Welbeck and Lucas Torreira, in particular, stating their cases to start against Marco Silva’s Toffees.
Not that Emery is complaining.
The Spaniard said: “As we go into the matchday, I have doubt about who to choose for the first XI. And when I have this problem I am happy because it means many players are putting in good performances.
“I do not want to have a first XI, I want 20 players who are performing.”
Arsenal began the season with two morale-sapping defeats against Manchester City and Chelsea . And while their three wins have come against strugglers — West Ham , Newcastle and Cardiff — they have at least lifted the spirit in the squad.
Importantly, they have also settled the nerves, however temporarily, of Arsenal fans who were beginning to fear nothing was going to change quickly from the dying days of Wenger’s reign.Emery knows they need to keep moving forward.
With the pace of Arsenal old boy Theo Walcott and summer-buy Richarlison, who is back from suspension, Everton should provide a test of his team’s top-four credentials.
Emery added: “Walcott is one player for us to work on. Finding a performance is how we find a way to win against Everton. What is clear to me is that it is very competitive for any team to get into the top four. But I am confident.
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“There are 38 matches for the Premier League season and, at the end of it, if it is us in the top four or if it is other teams, that’s when we will find out who has shown the most quality.”
Emery is under no illusions about how much work there is to be done, although he is still eyeing the biggest prizes on offer to the north Londoners.
He said: “I want to win both the Premier League and the Europa League. The Europa League is very important because it is one title and every title is good for us. To play to win it is the best way. That is correct.”
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