Arsenal facing defensive shortage as they sweat on Laurent Koscielny fitness

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Arsenal extended their unbeaten streak in the Europa League to 22 games following their 1-0 win over Qarabag on Match Day 6 at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday.

Emery used the Qarabag clash, which came after Arsenal had made sure of their place in the knockout stage, to bring Koscielny and Mesut Ozil back into the first team following their respective injury lay-offs, and he also blooded some of the young players in his squad.

"Now we will think for Sunday". It's very important for his confidence and for us also, because we can look at this player and see quality to help us. "We need one process with them, but in this process, they also need to show us their [development]".

Emery used right-back Carl Jenkinson as a centre-back in their previous Europa League game, while fellow full-backs Stephan Lichtsteiner and Sead Kolasinac could also be options if Emery plays with a back three.

"We think yes [Ramsey will be available]".

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"I want to wait tomorrow and Saturday for how he will feel after this match, for if he will play or not on Sunday".

Southampton are 19th in the Premier League, but Emery warned that their position is misleading, and he expects new manager Ralph Hasenhuttl to have an immediate impact.

"When a player is coming back like Koscielny after a big injury - because every big injury can give a player a different moment, a more long time or more short - I think for Koscielny it is good he can recover and I think in good time for his big injury".

"I just focused, and I couldn't stop thinking about today and how I was going to play, and I think it turned out alright".

"We know Sunday is a very hard match for us, and they are going to play with their supporters and also pushing a lot against us because they need to win for the three points".

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