Emery has a “very, very big” respect for Pellegrini’s West Ham

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01: Unai Emery manager / head coach of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Fulham FC at Emirates Stadium on January 1, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Arsenal manager Unai Emery expects a stern challenge from West Ham ahead of Saturday’s Premier League match

The Spaniard collected his first win as Arsenal coach against the Hammers, back in August, with a 3-1 victory after goals from Nacho Monreal, Danny Welbeck and an own goal from Issa Diop at the Emirates Stadium.

Since then, however, West Ham have hit a solid run of form under new manager Manuel Pellegrini with six wins in their last nine games.

“He’s a very good coach, with a lot of experience,” Emery said on Arsenal.com.

“He was the coach at Villarreal and Real Madrid when I was at Valencia. We know each other very well.

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“I know he needs time to create his idea with the team. I think they are improving and they also have good individual players with quality, like Anderson, like Arnautovic – who are very good players.

“Usually [Pellegrini has] very offensive teams. They usually play matches with a balance tactically but above all with technical, offensive players.

“I know that Saturday will be a difficult match because we need to impose our ideas but also for 90 minutes, we need to control their players and their tactical ideas. The respect for us to them is very, very big.”

Shkodran Mustafi, Laurent Koscielny, Hector Bellerin, Nacho Monreal, Konstantinos Mavropanos and Mesut Ozil have all returned to full training for Arsenal ahead of Saturday’s clash.