Emery names Koscielny Arsenal captain

Kevin De Bruyne

Unai Emery's appointment as the new Arsenal manager has sparked quite a lot of debates and discussions - some revelling in his three consecutive UEFA Europa League triumphs with Sevilla while many pointing out his underwhelming stint at Paris Saint-Germain.

"When we are thinking in an attacking moment, I want the goalkeeper thinking for that, he is the first". Together I think we can improve, to win in our way.

The 32-year-old has been a vital player for Manchester City ever since his arrival from Valencia in 2010. Arsenal must watch long balls over the top, however - Aguero has punished them in that manner in the past, particularly in this year's Carabao Cup final.

Arsenal boss Unai Emery has made Laurent Koscielny captain of the club despite his long-term injury, and named Mesut Ozil among his four other co-captains.

The Citizens did the league double over Arsene Wenger's Arsenal last season, winning 3-0 at the Emirates and 3-1 at the Etihad.

Welbeck, 27, has traditionally played in more advanced positions during his career, but with Sead Kolasinac out for two months with a knee injury and Nacho Monreal also unavailable for their Premier League opener against Manchester City on Sunday, Emery has been toying with using the England global as a left-back.

'Here in England, there are many good teams, ' he said.

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Arsenal kick off their 2018/19 campaign when they welcome defending champions Manchester City to the Emirates this afternoon.

Emery has a number of new faces to potentially hand debuts too, but who will he go with from the start against City?

Arsenal's main concern going into the weekend will be the fitness of Aaron Ramsey. The Welshman just returned to training at the end of the week.

Take a look at the line up here.

"I like this positive spirit to help".

However, Manchester Evening News note that photographers did not see Silva amongst the squad who travelled to London for the highly anticipated match. "He will play an outstanding part for City on the back of an unbelievable World Cup". I believe in me, I believe in the players, I believe in the club. We'll be back on Monday morning for all the reaction to City's game.

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