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Emery on playing style

Unai Emery has laid out his plans for his style of football at the Emirates.

“Our style with the ball is to be protagonists, to do things with combinations, to control the match with the positioning of the ball. And then, when we have the space, to be aggressive going forward.

“Defensively: first it is to be organised, recover the ball quickly. But in these two moments in the match we need to work. To say it here is easier than doing it on the pitch. We also need time, but now I am happy because I think the players are improving.

“We need two things: quality players, which we have, and then organisation. Together I think we can improve, to win in our way. I repeat: organised, then play.”

Ramsey contract latest

Arsenal are optimistic that they will tie Aaron Ramsey down to a new contract but are “not close” to an agreement, according to BBC Sport reporter David Ornstein.

“#AFC optimistic on Ramsey contract but not close,” he tweeted.

If the deal goes unsigned Ramsey would be free to speak to other clubs from January and could move for nothing in the summer.

Ramsey had been linked with a summer exit with both Chelsea and Liverpool mentioned as potential suitors but remained with the club after yesterday’s transfer window deadline.

Merson rates the window

Paul Merson thinks Unai Emery has bought well but will still need time to implement his strategy at the club.

“They needed a defender,” he said.

“Lichtsteiner is 35 and has been a very good player, but how many 35-year-olds are playing at the back in the Premier League? But he’s had to buy experience, we’re not in a position where Arsene Wenger can buy 17 or 18-year-old talent and hope they’re good in five years.

“I think Umai Emery has bought well, but it is going to take time. You have to give this manager time but I think he’ll be alright.

“He couldn’t have a worse start with Man City at home and Chelsea away so for me, you just have to give him time but it’ll be different, even on Super Sunday, you’ll see the way they’ll set up and you know there will be a plan. It won’t be like the old days.”

Window round up

Arsenal finished the transfer window with five new signings as Unai Emery went about overhauling the squad he inherited from Arsene Wenger.

They still look a little light at centre-back with Laurent Koscielny out injured and Calum Chambers joining Fulham on loan.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos was the only new arrival in central defence but the midfield will have a very new look with Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi in with Jack Wilshere going out.

Aaron Ramsey is still without a new contract and is into the final year of his current one, making his future uncertain.

Players in: Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen, undisclosed), Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus, free), Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Borussia Dortmund, undisclosed), Lucas Torreira (Sampdoria, undisclosed), Matteo Guendouzi (Lorient, £8m)

Players out: Major outs: Santi Cazorla (Villareal, free), Calum Chambers (Fulham, loan), Per Mertesacker (retired), Lucas Perez (West Ham, £4m) Jack Wilshere (West Ham, free)

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