Unai Emery is proud to have set a new Arsenal record but insists he and the players “have to be concentrated” as they look to achieve their targets.
Unai Emery says he would happily swap the achievement of having won more games than any other Arsenal manager in their first 50 games for winning a trophy.
The Spaniard has enjoyed a good start to life after being named as Arsene Wenger’s successor last summer, winning 32 of his first 50 matches, four more than the previous record holder George Allison, who set his mark of 28 back in 1934.
The Gunners’ good showings with Emery at the helm has left them in a strong position to finish in the top four, while they are 5/2 with Betfred to win the Europa League after reaching the semi-final stage.
Having seen off Napoli in Europe on Thursday, the focus for the north London outfit switches back to the Premier League as they prepare to host Crystal Palace on Sunday.
Emery says he wants to see his side playing in the Champions League next season and says his record-breaking start at the Emirates Stadium will count for little if they don’t build upon it in the quest for trophies.
“It’s great for us as a team and great for me as a coach, but I want to win all of the matches I play,” he told Sky Sports.
“I want to be here and have the possibility to win something important with Arsenal. I think we are improving. It is in our hands to do something important at the end of the season.
“I am proud of the players, I am proud of the club, I am proud of our supporters, I am proud of our situation now – with possibilities in the Europa League and Premier League.
“We want to play next season in the Champions League, but we know it is going to be difficult. We need our focus to be 100 per cent, we need everybody concentrated.”
Arsenal could go above Tottenham into third with a win over Crystal Palace, who haven’t won in north London since 1994 (Arsenal 8/15, draw 7/2, Crystal Palace 11/2 – Match Betting).
The Gunners, who have won their last 10 league matches at the Emirates, will be without Aaron Ramsey for the game after he injured his hamstring against Napoli, while Sokratis is suspended.
Crystal Palace will be without Jeffrey Schlupp, Mamadou Sakho and James Tomkins.
Odds subject to change.