Emery plays down negative reaction from Arsenal fans to Lacazette substitution

Ozil has a knee problem and might not play against Fulham

Striker Lacazette has scored six Premier League goals this season but started Saturday's 5-1 defeat to Liverpool on the bench, coming on in the 71st minute to replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

"If United want (Fosu-Mensah) he can go because with me he does not play often and I understand he is young and he needs to play". Emery explained. "I need to do my work".

'Tactically in this moment [midway through the second half] we are thinking to change to get more balance.

Unai Emery took off Lacazette for Aaron Ramsey during the win and saw the sub score their third. He helped us for confidence and to earn a good result. We did not win but he is working hard and I am happy.

Spanish media Diario Gol reported earlier today that the Gunners are in the final phase of discussion with the player's representative and a deal could be sealed before the end of next week.

"He hardly ever plays and, when he does, the manager is taking him off at half-time".

ARSENAL: Leno, Sokratis, Koscielny, Mustafi (Torreira, 45), Maitland-Niles, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Kolasinac, Iwobi (Saka, 83), Lacazette (Ramsey, 75), Aubameyang.

The Gunners put the disappointment of the loss against Liverpool behind them and returned to winning ways by putting Claudio Ranieri's men to the sword on New Year's Day. It's one thing for us to work on, to prepare for the second half of the season.

"But the skill of the Arsenal players is incredible and you have to shut up and say: 'Well done.' Now we have to stay together".

"We are in the relegation zone, they are higher".

The England global joined Chelsea from Bolton Wanderers in 2012 and played all but one of Chelsea's Premier League matches in 2016/17, where Chelsea won their fifth title.

ARSENAL host Fulham in their first match of 2019 as they look to recover from two awful Christmas away days.

"When Arsenal created first chance we made a mistake, we were too wide. We had to stay more concentrated in every circumstance".

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