Unai Emery confirms new Arsenal captain

Arsenal new head coach Unai Emery. – AFP

Emery faced Pep Guardiola regularly when they were in charge of Valencia and Barcelona respectively.

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.

For Emery, the message to Arsenal supporters is that they must not be fretful.

Three quick thoughts from Manchester City's 2-0 Premier League win over Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday. "Enjoy the challenges of each match", he emphasised the message to his players at the pre-match press conference.

Whereas last season Guardiola used advanced wingers stretching the play and going in behind, often with more conservative full-backs, here his approach was different.

Arsenal signed experienced Switzerland global Stephan Lichtsteiner in a free transfer from Serie A giants Juventus. The new goalkeeper from Bayer Leverkusen might get the nod for his superior ability to play with the ball at his feet - a prerequisite against a team like City.

But without Champions League action, Arsenal are no longer a big draw for Europe's top stars.

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New Gunners boss Unai Emery couldn't have asked for a tougher fixture to make his Premier League bow than one against a manager he has never beaten.

The Gunners appointed Emery early in the summer so he had ample time to prepare, but he was not the Arsenal board's first choice and their primary target, Mikel Arteta, will take his seat on the visitors' bench on Sunday.

"In the past, Arsenal have won games on great football, individual brilliance and having great attacking players", former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher said. I believe in myself, in these players and in the club.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles came on for Kolasinac after he was hurt in Arsenal's 1-1 draw with Chelsea on August 1 and Emery said following the match he would not rule out using the 20-year-old against City.

This was a reminder that last season, in points terms, Arsenal finished closer to bottom than top, and that's Emery's job in transforming Arsenal's tactical and technical approach is very much a long-term project.

Starsport brings you five things we learned about Emery's new-look side.

It appears that he has already identified the two most important men in doing so, with Aubameyang's performances likely to be key to success on the pitch and Lichtsteiner's experience and leadership vital off it.

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