Arsenal manager Unai Emery reveals real reason why he replaced Arsene Wenger

Unai Emery Arsenal 2018-19

The Watford manager was the first person that Emery called last summer when the possibility of taking over from Arsene Wenger first became a possibility.

The 28-year-old solid form this season has prompted plenty of questions about why Arsenal opted to let the midfielder leave The Emirates for nothing rather than tie him down to a new deal.

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On the field, it didn't seem that Torreira had an injury, but ahead of Arsenal's crucial return leg against Napoli on Thursday, Emery appears to have decided it was better not to risk Torreira in the second half and instead play with Mesut Ozil in a more attacking formation.

"For example we had dinner, their coaches and our coaches, one day in St Albans in September", Emery said. "We spoke with the players, they felt our support and it's all we can do in this moment, try to be together, to help them and nothing else".

Javi Gracia insists Troy Deeney's elbow did not merit a red card against Arsenal in Watford's 1-0 defeat at Vicarage Road.

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"They are my friends, not only Javi Gracia but also his assistant Zigor Aranalde and Inigo Arteaga".

Watford are now 10th, but with a game in hand over Everton and Leicester, Gracia knows the importance of making that count.

The pressure is on the Gunners in the battle to finish in a top four place, meaning boss Unai Emery will want nothing less than three points at Watford.

"They are a very organised team, with a big capacity offensively because they create a good movement and a good idea, a good style to take that".

He said: "I think we can control the match better".

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