Emery picks Koscielny as Arsenal captain

Unai Emery has named Laurent Koscielny as Arsenal's main captain though the defender remains out with an ankle injury

Unai Emery has named Laurent Koscielny as Arsenal's main captain though the defender remains out with an ankle injury

Sterling's representatives had opened talks on a new deal before the World Cup finals this summer, the player having enjoyed an eye-catching season in scoring 18 league goals to help City secure the title, only to postpone those discussions before the tournament. To continue working I want one thing because it's very important for the players to take confidence in our work, in ourselves.

"But we are starting a new way, a new process with the same players and the new players, the new coaches".

Last season's champions, Manchester City are the opposition for Unai Emery's first competitive match in charge of the Gunners.

Cech was at fault for the opener after remaining rooted to the spot as Sterling's curling shot flew into the net.

"We spoke also Petr did a very good pre-season, also today I think he played good also".

"Maybe there will be more leaders in the team to show this captaincy, not just in the captains" group.

Granit Xhaka should start and we could see the best of him now that he won't have the defensive duties quite so much following the arrival of Lucas Torreira. "I thought we did it pretty well".

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Where Manchester City won this game was on the flanks.

Cech made several saves to keep Arsenal in the game but also seemed to struggle a bit when playing with his feet, almost scoring an own goal in the first half when he mishit a back pass from Guendouzi.

"He has this experience for continuing to defend our goal", Emery said.

"Right winger, left winger, striker, and also yesterday he worked with us at left-back - his performance was good!"

"But he can wait to arrive in this moment".

Emery said he did not know the status of Maitland-Niles' injury, but said Monreal could be ready to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge next weekend. "He is injured, the first captain in this group is Koscielny".

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