Emery urges Ramsey to make a major impact for Arsenal before leaving

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The Watford manager was the first person that Emery called last summer when the possibility of taking over from Arsene Wenger first became a possibility.

Emery may have felt that as the game went on, Torreira could go hard into a challenge and come out with a red card, and Arsenal needs Torreira healthy and active for future Premier League matches. "I was talking to (Bernd) Leno walking off and he said "it's not your fault, he's too quick".

Initially, ex-gunner Mikel Arteta was rumoured to be a front-runner for the job but Emery's interest in taking over the North London side was enough to sway the board in his favour.

"Yes sometimes", Emery replied when asked if he met up with Gracia away from football. We spoke about football here, English football and their experience because they were here six months before us.

"They are my friends, not only Javi Gracia but also his assistant Zigor Aranalde and Inigo Arteaga".

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Arsenal travelled to Watford on Monday night, looking to reclaim a top-four place as the season enters its climax.

Gracia gave his players three days off following their semi-final exertions but he has no intention of rotating his squad for Premier League duty with seventh spot still up for grabs. But before I know it he was on me.

"They are a very organised team, with a big capacity offensively because they create a good movement and a good idea, a good style to take that".

"The best news is we have to play one game more than others, not Wolves in this case", said Gracia.

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