Arsenal's Danny Welbeck training at left-back amid injury crisis

Paola Ditto
Agosto 12, 2018

Emery was reported to only have £50 million to play with prior to this summer's transfer window opening.

They need to be positive going forward, and be very assured in possession. Perhaps we'll see more from him when Lucas Torreira is installed as his regular partner.

"I said to him when he [Welbeck] arrived with us after the holidays, I want the best performance in his career from this player - and to work for that", he said.

"In the end, the agents may not have agreements and that may not happen. We want to give him confidence", stated Emery during his pre-match press conference. His goal drought with England stands at 26 appearances and nearly three years. "It's just one of those things I get judged on". Guardiola's team also won the Premier League by 19 points, breaking the previous record margin of 18 set by Manchester United in 1999-2000.

And, despite just a week of sessions on the practice pitch, City picked up where they left off last term with a confident display that easily put Arsenal to the sword. Raheem had this special relationship with English football, but he's so loved in the locker room. More goals, more assists.

Kevin de Bruyne, David Silva, Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus were all missing from the starting XI, but Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva's goals earned them the win.

Guardiola's side featured a host of players who told the City boss they were ready to play at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday despite their draining World Cup duty in Russian Federation.

France left-back Benjamin Mendy is like a new recruit, given he missed much of last season with a serious knee injury.

It did however drag the mind round to Arsenal's real task: improving the quality of.

He said: "Mendy is Mendy". Sometimes you say, "Wow, what a player".

The Gunners' first competitive game without Arsene Wenger since 1996 ended in a disappointing defeat in front of their own supporters.

"It's a little frustrating to lose but we are a new team", he said. Manchester City are working in their third year with Guardiola.

Given that description, it sounds like Wenger is more laissez-faire (he is French after all) and hands off in certain facets of the game, while Emery is more hands-on in specialization, even to the micro level.

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