Published: Sun, August 12, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Expected Arsenal Lineup To Face Manchester City

Expected Arsenal Lineup To Face Manchester City

"This morning I give the official captain first", Emery said.

A Golden Boot victor in the Bundesliga, Emery admits that he expects his striker to be in contention for the Premier League gone this season, saying: "Yes, I want strikers who have the possibilities to go for goal, I want to give them more options to attack". Last season we were so happy.

Arsenal meanwhile have added five players and have a new boss for the first time in 22 years.

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Yet despite Arsenal's reduced status, Emery, who parted ways with Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) at the end of last season, jumped at the chance to follow in Wenger's footsteps in north London. Aaron Ramsey and Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be the creative outlets alongside Mesut Ozil who has a point to prove of his own, after the debacle that this summer was for the former German global.

Spreading out the responsibility of shouldering a leadership role could be a way to tackle what was a chronic problem under Wenger, when the Gunners were often accused of lacking natural leaders and a winning mentality in big games.

"It's a new way, a new process", said Emery.

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"I want one thing, because it's very important for us and for the player, is take confidence".

Emery has had plenty of work to be getting on with. You don't choose titles and it (Community Shield) was a final and we spoke about that. "You need building it up in time". Arsenal have an injury concern in the fullback position with Nacho Monreal, Sead Kolasinac and Laurent Koscielny all out and Unai Emry might have to turn to Danny Welbeck to fill the void left by the trio. City beat the Gunners - home and away - with the minimum of fuss last season. We have a lot of players with a lack of condition but we are more than two seasons together and know what to do. Mesut Ozil is still around; there've even been a few signings and the best of those, at first glance, is the tigerish Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira. We made a good performance in general and day by day we will get better and better.

Although English clubs can't buy new players now that their summer window has closed, they can sell.

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Manchester City played with the same level of control and authority as last season, dominating possession throughout the game, pressing well and involving their forwards regularly.

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