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Emery: Ramsey rift not my concern


Arsenal manager Unai Emery

Arsenal manager Unai Emery

Arsenal manager Unai Emery

Arsenal coach Unai Emery refuses to get drawn into Aaron Ramsey's contract dispute.

Talks over a new deal for midfielder Ramsey, 27, have broken down and he's now likely to leave when he's out of contract next summer.

Ramsey has started all but one of the six Premier League games under Emery but the Spaniard insists his only focus is preparing the team.

"There are three elements," he said. "One is the player with their family and representatives. The other is the club and the other is the squad.

''My focus is always on the team, preparing with the players and only thinking about the match tomorrow."

The Gunners host Watford today having won their last six games in all competitions and will leapfrog the Hornets in the table with victory at the Emirates Stadium.

Emery is keen to keep the momentum going, saying: "Each match gives us the opportunity to take more confidence.

"We are winning, I think the confidence is the best on our individual players and also on our collective work.

"But every match is a challenge to give our best performance. I think each player is thinking well, but also we need more." Emery comes up against a former team-mate in Hornets boss Javi Gracia - the pair played alongside together at Real Sociedad.

"I knew him there, as a player and team-mate," said Emery.

"As a coach he's very competitive. He is improving and he is growing up in football with this mentality. He's very competitive.

"Saturday is, for us, a big challenge to overtake him in the table and win against him.

''But I know before that it's a very difficult match and for them also, it's one very, very big challenge.

"We are excited and I think they are excited for the 90 minutes we are going to play on Saturday."