Mesut Ozil named Arsenal co-captain by boss Unai Emery


Koscielny will serve as "No 1 captain" but is likely to be out of action until the new year because of injury.

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has explained how he wants the Gunners to play this season as he prepares to take charge of his first competitive fixture since succeeding Arsene Wenger.

Emery said Welbeck will not be available for selection for their opening league match against Manchester City on Sunday but that he remains part of his first-team plans. "Then I tell the players it is [Petr] Cech, [Aaron] Ramsey, [Mesut] Ozil and [Granit] Xhaka". Despite his emphasis on a new way, the manager's selections represent an expression of confidence in players who have been at Arsenal for years during which the team has been accused of suffering from a chronic lack of leadership. We also need time, but now I am happy because I think the players are improving.

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"And also together to do a new way, a new process in Arsenal".

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

"We are excited", he said.

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Yet despite Arsenal's reduced status, Emery, who parted ways with Paris Saint-Germain at the end of last season, jumped at the chance to follow in Wenger's footsteps in north London. "We are to think only to win the match". 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. He started his career as a bigger player than me.

Leroy Sane may also feel he has a point to prove after not making it into Germany's World Cup squad, and looks a good value longer bet at 17/10 (2.70) considering he has scored in three of his previous four league meetings with this opposition. "And then when we have the space, to be aggressive going forward". "But we want to play with the idea to create a winning mentality. My idea is to give us the best performance".

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