Mesut Ozil named Arsenal co-captain by boss Unai Emery

Paola Ditto
Agosto 12, 2018

Unai Emery 46-year-old former Paris St Germain boss is looking forward to taking on fellow Spaniard Pep Guardiola in his domestic bow.

'It is easier to speak here than to do it on the pitch, ' Emery said.

Despite the usual suspects clocking what many would consider routine victories, a poor transfer window for most of the favourites might have handed City the title with Liverpool's acquisitions making them the best placed team to challenge the defending champions.

But with some players struggling for fitness following their World Cup exertions, Arsenal could catch them cold.

Emery (right) added: "We're working".

'I am 46, he is 47.

Here is how you can catch all the action of this first big Premier League match of the season.

Manchester begin the defence of their Premier League title at Arsenal on Sunday. "I have confidence in myself, and also I can give them the confidence".

Rather than ask his players to eradicate that glory from their minds, as Bill Shankly and Sir Alex Ferguson might have done in order to start again, Guardiola is demanding they remember what made them such sparkling winners.

"When we were in Spain each match against Barcelona with Valencia is very exciting and very demanding for me also to prepare for this match". Sunday is the same.

Arsenal will train at their stadium today, in one change from the Wenger era, while he will also not tell his squad the starting XI until matchday.

Arsenal had been stuck in a downward spiral for years and with Wenger unable to reverse the decline, owner Stan Kroenke finally dispensed with the most successful manager in his club's history despite the Frenchman's desire to stay.

However, if Emery can sort out Arsenal's defensive problems then they could be a force to be reckoned with, such is the quality they possess in attacking positions. It could be an absolute cracker, this - keep your emails and tweets coming, and I'll have some team news for you shortly.

Arsenal, meanwhile, have fallen so much behind their rivals that Emery needs to help the London club re-discover its identity.

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