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Emery jokes Arsenal “don’t want to play against Liverpool ever”

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has joked that his side “don’t want to play against Liverpool ever” ahead of the club’s trip to the European champions this weekend.

The Premier League‘s top two meet at Anfield on Saturday evening, with both sides beginning the new campaign with back-to-back wins.

Liverpool thrashed Arsenal 5-1 in the corresponding fixture last season, Roberto Firmino scoring a hat-trick for Jurgen Klopp’s side, and ahead of the clash Emery has joked his side would ‘prefer not to play’ the Merseyside club.

“For us we don’t want to play against Liverpool ever,’ Emery told the press after his sides 2-1 win over Burnley.

“We’d prefer not to play against them.

“That is really our challenge, a really good test. For the supporters, for all of us, going there with six points is good.

“Really our target is to reduce the distance to Liverpool, Manchester City, Tottenham and Chelsea,” the Spaniard added.

“When we play against them it is a big challenge to show how we can be. Next week is going to be a very good match.”

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