Emery says Arsenal are improving following 'competitive' Watford win

Aaron Ramsey could leave Arsenal on a free transfer next summer

Aaron Ramsey could leave Arsenal on a free transfer next summer

The 27-year-old is now set to leave the club on a free contract next summer.

"I guess he might find his opportunities at Arsenal to play in the second half of the season, if he's still there, more limited than he would like, but he's still a player whose pedigree and quality is very obvious". Three weeks ago he was outside the team because he had an injury. "I'm not sure how much time he'll need, but I'm certain Arsenal will be a success". "We will look tomorrow", said Emery.

The hosts were forced into a substitution on the stroke of halftime after veteran shot-stopper Petr Cech went down with a hamstring and was replaced by Bernd Leno.

Watford dominated the match against Arsenal at times, particularly at the start of either half.

But here, each match is very hard in the Premier League.

"I am very happy with him". He has waited for his moment and it's arriving. "His performance was the best for us today".

The ball was near our box a lot, the rhythm of the match was not as quick we wanted.

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Veteran goalkeeper Cech hobbled off late in the first half at Emirates Stadium after hurting himself in the process of a goal-kick. We needed to be competitive. We need to continue to improve with possession and positioning.

"There are three elements, three aspects", he said.

"He is a consistent performer in a team where people like Mesut Ozil aren't consistent, so whoever brings him in knows what they are getting from him". Making only his third appearance of the season, Arsenal's £19.2m summer signing from Bayer Leverkusen made a string of key saves against Troy Deeney and Andre Gray before the Gunners finally wrapped up the game.

But Hornets boss Javi Gracia rightly felt his side had been unlucky not to emerge with at least a draw.

"What can I say?" he lamented.

The Ramsey situation is yet another example of Arsenal's ineptitude in dealing with expiring contracts within their squad, and they have repeatedly left themselves accepting below market fees for their players as a result. "And if you don't score, you can lose".

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