Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Pep Guardiola's chief motivation is for Manchester City to win matches

Pep Guardiola's chief motivation is for Manchester City to win matches

In the absence of injured defender and skipper Laurent Koscielny, Emery has picked out four more "leaders" among his squad - and Cech is one of those.

"On Sunday I want first to be together with our supporters".

Emery urged fans to go into the City game and the season with optimism and said he wanted his players to take one step at a time.

Koscielny will serve as "No 1 captain" but is likely to be out of action until the new year because of injury. Not only the players in the captain's group.

Emery's decision to appoint five captains is all part of his desire to change the way Arsenal work after he succeeded Wenger in the summer.

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The signings of Stephan Lichtsteiner, Bernd Leno, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Lucas Torreira have created some optimism within the club, but the off-the-pitch antics with Stan Kroenke might cause some disruption. "We are to think only to win the match".

With European transfer windows still open, Emery said goalkeeper David Ospina, forward Joel Campbell and right-back Carl Jenkinson could still leave. Monreal returned to full training yesterday but hasn't featured in any pre-season games so is unlikely to be risked against City meaning Maitland-Niles is set to be given his chance.

"The past is very important in this club, with the people that were working here".

Unai Emery says that he will decide his starting lineup tomorrow but it's un clear whether the club will release it right away but it will probably be shown an hour before the match starts on Sunday. This, more often than not, landed them in trouble when they faced fast attacking teams.

But the 46-year-old former Paris St Germain boss is looking forward to taking on fellow Spaniard Pep Guardiola in his Gunners bow. "But we want to play with the idea to create a winning mentality". But then we are going to watch Sunday, how is the response of the team against Manchester City.

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