Arsenal boss Unai Emery - I wanted to bring Alexandre Lacazette to PSG

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Koscielny, who won 51 caps for Les Bleus, was named captain by new head coach Emery in pre-season despite his injury. But now he is getting better, he is training with us in some things and I think this progress this is very positive.

Lacazette has been in great form for the Gunners with five goals and three assists in his last seven games, helping Emery's team go on a nine-game winning streak ahead of Monday's Premier League meeting with Leicester.

"He is very important for us because he is our captain", the Arsenal boss told the club's website. The supporters can enjoy it with us but also we're speaking with our reality every day. "We want to continue doing our way with different possibilities tactically and with the players, but if we need [to play] a lot of matches with the players, we can do that".

Emery is confident Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be fit despite sitting out the second of Gabon's Africa Cup of Nations qualifying wins over South Sudan in the past week.

Robert Pires believes his former club Arsenal will "100%" finish in the Premier League top four this season.

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"For me January is very far, I'm thinking Monday first and I want every player staying with the mentality and the preparation for playing together to win", he said. But after six matches winning in the Premier League, it hasn't changed. The football, the future is tomorrow. For example, in the last match he started on the bench, then he played 25 minutes with this [good] performance. "But in the first 45 minutes I thought we needed to do better".

"The same with Mesut as any other player".

Emery added that his players would be able to handle the workload.

Emery said the only new injury concern from the worldwide break is a small knock picked up by Sokratis Papastathopoulos, who could miss the Leicester match.