Arsenal must work to 'shorten the difference' with Manchester City - Unai Emery

Florence Fletcher
August 13, 2018

Emery informed his squad on Friday morning of the hierarchy on the eve of a new campaign which begins with Sunday's visit of champions Manchester City to Emirates Stadium. "This morning I give the official captain first", Emery said. "Working to help when we need quick pressing against the opposition".

It was a game that showed Arsenal are very much a work in progress under Emery, who took over from Arsene Wenger this summer, but Emery was confident they are heading in the right direction.

A first half goal from Raheem Sterling followed by an excellent left-footed strike by Bernardo Silva on 64 minutes sealed the victory for the reigning holders.

Arsenal have also signed Juventus defender Stephan Lichtsteiner, Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno, Lorient teenager Matteo Guendouzi and Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos in a busy summer transfer window.

"I think every player and every coach and every supporter also is excited to start Sunday and to watch the match". I think in the majority of games he'll go with 4-2-3-1 but against the top sides like City he may opt for an extra body in the middle of the park and go 4-3-3. "I thought we did it pretty well".

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Lindelof and Bailly - together at the back? "You can't sort of fall back and think "I'm changing my mind", you've gone too far". A player that gets chosen and is happy, you always feel more comfortable than when he's not happy.

Cech made several saves to keep Arsenal in the game but also seemed to struggle a bit when playing with his feet, almost scoring an own goal in the first half when he mishit a back pass from Guendouzi.

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

"But he can wait to arrive in this moment". Against Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech, City took 17 shots, getting eight on target.

Emery said he did not know the status of Maitland-Niles' injury, but said Monreal could be ready to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge next weekend.

The first captain in this group is Koscielny.

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