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However, the new management structure at Arsenal means Emery has little say when it comes to contract negotiations.

Emery indicated that he has no plans of dropping the Wales global, though, and said he isn't anxious that his performances could suffer.

Although this kind of football has been on display on rare occasions under Unai Emery, Arsenal are very much digging deep and showing a side you would never normally associate with the club.

"He was patient to wait for his moment, and it's arriving", said Emery, whose team leapfrogged Watford into fifth place in the Premier League standings. Suddenly, the spine of this team don't look so powder puff anymore and with players like Alexandre Lacazette, Sokratis and Lucas Torreira, not many teams are going to want to face them if they utilise their physicality. "And he is doing that".

"We had more chances more clear chances, more shots, more shots on target, and feel really good but at the end we didn't deserve the result".

Their seventh successive win came courtesy of Craig Cathcart's 81st-minute own goal and a strike soon afterwards from Mesut Ozil, and after Isaac Success had squandered a fine chance to give the visitors the lead.

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is likely to leave the club next summer after the Gunners withdrew the offer of a new deal.

"He's somebody that I'd like to see stay because I think he is that player who is never afraid".

Arsenal have won their last six games in all competitions and are starting to show that they can compete for a Champions League spot this season.

"I'm happy because I think we are becoming more competitive".

"It is clear also that we are improving in getting more competitive in the hard moments".

"The ball was near our box a lot, the rhythm of the match was not what we wanted". But this passion is necessary today.

"I am very proud of my players". Our quality is on the pitch when we need it.