Arsenal manager Unai Emery insists all is Wel-beck with Danny

Posted August 11, 2018

With the likes of Bernd Leno and Lucas Torreira strengthening a side which previously looked weak in key positions, Emery will be hopeful that the new-look Arsenal squad are capable of providing an improved title challenge to the disappointing form of recent campaigns.

Another advantage that Emery probably has going into Sunday's game, and by extension the rest of the season, is the fact he has had more time working with most of the players who were not on World Cup duty for their national teams. For now, Southampton are a real option, primarily if he seeks regular first-team football, or Bournemouth, but Everton, another prospective suitor, might not want him now. "But we are starting a new way, and a new process", he said.

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The Spanish coach takes charge of the Gunners in the English top flight for the first time and assignments don't come a lot tougher than against a City side that won the league by 19 points last season.

A cynic might suggest Emery's feat of winning the Europa League three years in a row with Sevilla was the most relevant achievement on his CV prior to his appointment at Arsenal - who will compete in Europe's second-tier competition for a second successive season.

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"Not only the players in the captain's group".

"We have Koscielny out with a long injury and then also Kolasinac has a long injury". Emery had hinted at his choice of the other four during preseason, as Cech, Ramsey, Ozil and Xhaka were all captain for at least one game. For that, we are working this week and preparing for this game and preparing for the opposition against City as a collective and as individual players. But the new boss has a very clear idea of how he wants his team to play that will no doubt please fans.

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Emery said: 'Carl Jenkinson, Joel Campbell and David Ospina have possibilities to leave. But in these two moments in the match we need to work. "But my idea is to give us the best performance quickly".