Emery wants Arsenal to play on the front foot

Jamie Carragher

It remains to be seen how much football Cech, now second in the pecking order, plays this season as Arsene Wenger in recent years used to utilised his second-string stopper in the cup competitions but it's not known whether Emery will do the same.

Arsenal are also without long-term casualty Laurent Koscielny, while England worldwide Danny Welbeck also misses out.

Aaron Ramsey will be a vital figure, even if he's yet to sign a contract extension with the club, and Mohamed Elneny and Ainsley Maitland-Niles will act as ideal reserve midfielders for when Emery needs to rotate his players.

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has ruled out the prospect of England striker Danny Welbeck leaving the club this month but said that Carl Jenkinson, David Ospina, and Joel Campbell have all been informed they are surplus to requirements.

Finishing 37 points behind City was a fitting ending for the dispiriting final season of the Wenger era - a torrid campaign played out to a soundtrack of angry protests against the manager from frustrated fans. "It's for that on Sunday I want first to be together with our supporters". Emery had hinted at his choice of the other four during preseason, as Cech, Ramsey, Ozil and Xhaka were all captain for at least one game.

Koscielny will serve as "No 1 captain" but is likely to be out of action until the new year because of injury. "We want to give him confidence", Emery said.

Pep Guardiola's side visit the Emirates Stadium on Sunday in what will be Emery's first game as Arsenal's head coach.

"We are excited", he said. "And [we are] keeping a lot of the good ideas they were working with here, and also bringing my new [ideas] for how to improve in the tactical things, or my idea to transmit to the players my spirit".

The former Paris Saint-Germain and Sevilla boss faces a baptism of fire by hosting defending champions Manchester City on Sunday, then enduring another tough test the following week with a trip across London to Chelsea. I want those two moments to feel the same for all players.

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