Arsenal stars told fresh OJ is OK but high-sugar juices must go

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Arsenal head coach Unai Emery wants his players to enjoy the sweet taste of success but has told them to stay away from high-sugar fruit drinks.

The Spaniard’s meticulous eye for detail has led to him banning non-freshly squeezed juices from the club’s London Colney training base.

Instead, Emery wants the team to follow his lead and drink a healthier alternative as his quest to overhaul the fortunes of the club continues.

Unai Emery wants to see Arsenal lifting trophies again
Unai Emery wants to see Arsenal lifting trophies again (PA rota)

They face a trip to promoted Cardiff on Sunday, with Emery explaining why he took such tight measures in his preparation.

“Yes, this is true,” he said when asked about the ban.

“I only changed, I like fruit a lot and I like fruit juice. But with a lot of sugar? Not very good.

“It’s for that and when I was very young, my father was coming every day with one fresh orange fruit juice.

Orange juice has got the green light at Arsenal
Orange juice has got the green light at Arsenal (Florida Department of Citrus/PA)

Arsenal won just three Premier League away games in Arsene Wenger’s final season before he was replaced by Emery in the summer.

Mesut Ozil, who missed the win over West Ham through injury, is fit to return at the Cardiff City Stadium.

“He’s training normally with the group, in every session this week,” Emery said.

“We started on Tuesday and every day he has been training with the group. He’s OK. Also I’m looking at him well every day.”

Arsenal discovered their Europa League fate moments before Emery’s press conference to preview the Cardiff game.

Last season’s beaten semi-finalists face a daunting programme having been drawn alongside Sporting Lisbon as well as Qarabag of Azerbaijan and Ukrainian Premier League outfit Vorskla.

“First it’s three teams and we’ll have the recipe for them,” said Emery, who lifted the Europa League title three times at Sevilla.

“After this, we want to go far in this competition. Each match is different and each match involves a lot of travel.

“For some, the travel is very long but it’s like that. The adaptation for these three teams needs to be positive and we need to face them with ambition and our interest to do well in the competition.”

Emery confirmed Reiss Nelson is set to join German side Hoffenheim on loan for the remainder of the season, although he has also signed a new long-term Arsenal deal.

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