Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

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

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

While the chances of Everton, Newcastle, Bournemouth and Southampton of signing Welbeck are gone for the summer as the Premier League transfer window has closed, teams from outside the English top flight could still sign him.

Welbeck, who has fallen behind forwards Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette in the pecking order, has been linked with a move to Valencia by the British media, with major European leagues able to recruit players until 31 August.

Arsenal will be playing against Manchester City on Sunday and gunners manager Unai Emery is making final preparations ahead of that match since everyone is looking forward to that match because it will be his first competitive match since he took charge of the North London club in May.

Emery has said all summer that he would name five captains of the squad, with Koscielny now named as the No. 1 among them even though the centre-back isn't expected back until December at the earliest because of a torn Achilles tendon.

The 46-year-old replaced Arsene Wenger in May and, with a trip to Chelsea six days later, Emery could not have wished for a more hard start to life in England.

The Gunners entertain Pep Guardiola's champions at the Emirates on Sunday.

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"We are excited", he said.

Arsenal play Man city in the premier league 2018/19 season this weekend. His statistics are better than me.

To say it here is easier than doing it on the pitch. When you watch their matches, they play with great confidence in themselves and also I think Guardiola's coaching is clear in this team. "His career as a coach is also bigger than mine. We are to think only to win the match".

The manager also insisted that Stan Kroenke's full buyout of the club should be deemed a positive thing.

The Arsenal Supporters' Trust described the move as a "dreadful day" for the club, but Emery is more optimistic. "It's for that on Sunday I want first to be together with our supporters".

A cynic might suggest Emery's feat of winning the Europa League three years in a row with Sevilla was the most relevant achievement on his CV prior to his appointment at Arsenal - who will compete in Europe's second-tier competition for a second successive season.

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