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Arsenal boss Emery: I know all about Cardiff tactics - and Warnock

Arsenal boss Unai Emery knows he faces a 'different' test on Sunday at Neil Warnock's Cardiff City.

But the Etihad chief insists he has plenty of experience in his career of dealing with long-ball tactics that are often described as typically British — and has even used them himself.

Emery said: “We need more control. More with the ball, more with our positioning on the pitch, more control when we close the ball.

“Also, when we have the ball we need to be together and to be organised. If we want to do the pressing first it is in a compact block on the pitch. But then it depends on the opposition.

“On Sunday maybe the situation is more to win the long ball first with the head and then press. I've played against this style in Spain, in France, in Russia."

The former Paris Saint-Germain, Sevilla and Spartak Moscow boss added: “In Spain, I played like that at times because I thought it was the best way for us to win. But over 90 minutes you need to play a lot of different ways to win."

Emery is also prepared for his first encounter with Warnock — one of British football's most fiery and controversial figures.

The Arsenal boss admitted: “He is very competitive and I like that. In football you need to be competitive."

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