Published: Tue, May 14, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Emery wants Hen' in final

Emery wants Hen' in final

As it stands, only Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham are assured of an automatic Champions League qualification, with Arsenal standing an outside chance of sealing a place via Europa League.

This means that the Premier League could soon witness a well-fought transfer race for the defensive midfielder, who is now valued at £35million.

We wanted to be in the Champions League from the Premier League [top four]. However, with a few key players doubtful on their future, the Spurs may consider him as a replacement.

"Four teams in the final shows everyone what a league the Premier League is and we hope we are ready for the final".

The playmaker missed an earlier match in the Azerbaijani capital in the competition this season because of fears for his safety amid ongoing political tension between Azerbaijan and Armenia, whose national team he captains.

Gunners boss Emery said: "One is a political issue and I don't know really know the solution".

Liverpool and Tottenham pulled off sensational comebacks against Barcelona and Ajax during the week to reach Europe's showpiece event, while Arsenal and Chelsea will play out a London derby in Baku in the Europa League final. I've been with him for five years, I've seen many things and we've lived through different situations and tried to deal with them. I'm not going to speak too much about individuals."When we come back on July 1 we can have the next chat and that will be a nice little summer for me".

Virgil van Dijk echoed Milner's ambition, saying: "We have to look on the positive side and remember we are still in Madrid".

"I completely understand what the gaffer means".

Speaking after Sunday's 3-1 win at Burnley to conclude the Premier League campaign, Emery suggested it was far from ideal to be playing the final nearly 3,000 miles away from the homes of the two clubs involved.

"We [the players] are going to be focused only on the final".

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