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Unai Emery confirms Mohamed Elneny will stay at Arsenal

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has issued a rallying cry ahead of hosting Premier League champions Manchester City at the Emirates on Sunday. PA Arsenal manager Unai Emery has issued a rallying cry ahead of hosting Premier League champions Manchester City at the Emirates on Sunday. PA
Sergio Cook | 11 August, 2018, 19:32

City will be the first competitive opponents for Arsenal since the appointment of Guardiola's fellow Spaniard Unai Emery as manager in place of the long-serving Arsene Wenger.

The new manager, the Telegraph said, confirmed that Laurent Koscielny, now out injured, would be his main captain, but that he would be backed up by Petr Cech, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka.

With Arsenal to host reigning Premier League champions Manchester City in the season opener on Sunday, Emery could be in for a baptism of fire.

Arsenal's first team left backs aren't available, Sead Kolasinac is now injured and Nacho Monreal just returned to training so he isn't ready for the match against Pep Guardiola's men and the manager has hint that Ainsley Maitland-Niles could be chosen in that position on Sunday. "It's natural these five players are in the position to be captain".

Emery also announced his choices as club captains. But then also we need to build [a mentality] and it isn't a thing you find quickly. "For me, that is very important".

Unai Emery has been speaking ahead of Arsenal's first match of the 2018-19 Premier League season. PA
Unai Emery has been speaking ahead of Arsenal's first match of the 2018-19 Premier League season. PA

Emery speaks English far from fluently but his command of the language has improved since his appointment in May and he hopes his team have made similar strides during the summer. 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.

"I am 46, he is 47 and he started his career as a player, bigger than me", he said at his pre-match presser.

Emery has spent the most part of the preseason drilling his players and infusing in them his footballing philosophies and ideas to help them become a better team. "But we want to play with the idea to create a winning mentality".

"The match is going to give us the information [of what] is our level", he said. I believe in me, I believe in the players, I believe in the club.

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