What Emery expects on his Premier League bow against City


The Spaniard said the players are looking forward to the new season with a sense of optimism and hopes to see that translated into a positive performance against the defending champions this weekend.

Emery's decision to appoint five captains is all part of his desire to change the way Arsenal work after he succeeded Wenger in the summer. I like playing him because the preparation is demanding, to try and beat his teams and when we were in Spain, every match against Barcelona for Valencia and Sevilla was very exciting.

"I met the Kroenke family in Atlanta and he gave us his commitment in this project with Arsenal", added Emery. "He is injured, the first captain in this group is Koscielny".

"We have Koscielny out with a long injury and then also Kolasinac has a long injury. You need building all the time".

This coming Sunday starts the beginning of a new chapter for Arsenal football club, with Unai Emery becoming the club's boss at the start of the summer, after Arsene Wenger's 22-year love affair with the North London side came to an end. Arsenal's decision to cash-in on a player with one year left on his current deal comes as no surprise as Emery looks set to trim his squad even further. "And [we are] keeping a lot of the good ideas they were working with here, and also bringing my new [ideas] for how to improve in the tactical things, or my idea to transmit to the players my spirit".

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"The past is very important in this club, with the people that were working here".

The coach said he expected midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles to start in that position against City, although there was a small chance that Monreal would be ready.

"My first message is clear: think about each match". "But we want to play with the idea to create a winning mentality".

"But then we are going to watch how the team responds against Manchester City". I believe in me, I believe in the players, I believe in the club.