Unai Emery says things now get more serious and Real Madrid starts Arsenal’s Newcastle preparations
Unai Emery is now setting his sights on Newcastle United.
Arsenal have already had a busy time of it, playing and winning three games in America.
Victories over Colorado Rapids, Bayern Munich and Fiorentina, with Real Madrid to round off the trip tomorrow.
Only 48 days separated Arsenal’s final game of last season (Europa League final) and their first friendly, whilst 66 days was the gap for Newcastle United.
Arsenal have subsequently given younger players a lot more minutes than usual but as from tomorrow against Real Madrid, it will be a case of predominantly the first choice senior players at the forefront, Unai Emery mindful of the visit to St James Park in two and a half weeks time.
Whilst Arsenal take on the likes of Real Madrid and Baracelona before the season kicks off, Newcastle have Preston, Hibs and St Etienne.
Unai Emery ahead of Arsenal’s final USA friendly:
“It’s going all as we prepared, with the young players playing and showing their capacity with us, taking rhythm, taking confidence and working tactically with all the players in varous situations.
“Tomorrow (against Real Madrid) is the last game (in America)
“Maybe the most difficult match and another opportunity for every player to show his capacity.
“But for us, the result isn’t the most important.
“The most important is to use players and have them take confidence, take minutes and to share minutes between the experienced players and the younger players.
“We started against Colorado Rapids with a lot of young players and progressively we are using less minutes (for the younger players) and to share with the experienced players. It depends on the matches.
“Tomorrow (against Real Madrid), at the beginning I want to take more minutes with the (senior) players, thinking about our progress for the first match against Newcastle.
“But also, we are going to use some young players at the beginning or during the match to continue trying with this difficult capacity against Real Madrid.”
The Arsenal pre-season schedule:
Wed 29 May – Arsenal 1 Chelsea 4
Tue 16 July – Colorado Rapids 0 Arsenal 3
Thu 18 July – Arsenal 2 Bayern Munich 1
Sat 20 July – Arsenal 3 Fiorentina 0
Wed 24 July – Real Madrid v Arsenal
Sun 28 July – Arsenal v Lyon
Wed 31 July – Angers v Arsenal
Sun 4 August – Barcelona v Arsenal
Sun 11 August – Newcastle United v Arsenal
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