Arsenal boss Emery names Koscielny as captain - plus his leadership group

Petr Cech will captain Arsenal against Manchester City this weekend

Petr Cech is expected to captain Arsenal against Manchester City this weekend Credit GETTY IMAGES

"We spoke also Petr did a very good pre-season, also today I think he played good also".

Emery and his team certainly had to hit the ground running, as the regular season opener came against an opponent that broke the Premiership records for points, victories, goals, goal differential and title winning margin last season. However, Petr Cech has performed well in pre-season and many national newspapers are suggesting he'll be given the gloves tomorrow.

"We are working. I believe in myself, in these players and in the club", he added. Mesut Ozil enjoyed a largely uncharacteristic game in the final third while City's counterpressing did enough to stifle Arsenal and force them into quicker, unstable progressions.

The England forward was outstanding despite having been back in training for less than a week after his exertions in Russian Federation and scored the opening goal as Arsenal, under new management, were swept aside at the Emirates.

We need two things: quality players, which we have, and then organisation.

Granit Xhaka should start and we could see the best of him now that he won't have the defensive duties quite so much following the arrival of Lucas Torreira.

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Unai Emery was taking charge of Arsenal for the first time in a competitive game, succeeding Arsene Wenger following the Frenchman's near 22-year reign.

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"Also he has this experience to continue defending our goal".

"The captain of this group is Laurent Koscielny, who is injured at the moment", the head coach told his club's official website.

"I said to him when he arrived with us after the holidays, I want the best performance in his career from this player - and to work for that", Emery said of the former Manchester United man.

"For that maybe also they are in the team more leaders to show this capacity". But these five players are in this possibility to be the captain'.

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