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But he is ready for the challenge - even if he is aware of the threat posed by last season's runaway champions.

With Arsenal to host reigning Premier League champions Manchester City in the season opener on Sunday, Emery could be in for a baptism of fire. He said on his arrival that he would appoint five players to the role because he wanted a wide spread of leadership throughout the team, and on Friday he revealed he had plumped for Laurent Koscielny, Petr Cech, Aaron Ramsey, Granit Xhaka and Mesut Özil. Arsenal also signed veteran defenders Stephan Lichtsteiner - who is the Switzerland captain - and Sokratis Papastathopoulos, who are also seen as strong personalities both on and off the pitch.

Unai Emery may aspire, and often succeed, to produce a style of football as aesthetically pleasing as that consistently delivered by Arsène Wenger, but goes about it a very different way.

"We only have three players: Carl Jenkinson, David Ospina and Joel Campbell, with the possibility to leave".

"I want one thing, because it's very important for us and for the player, is take confidence". The same when we are thinking defensively, I want our strikers to be thinking: "We need to protect the goalkeepers".

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"I want to show and to be together with the supporters and to start a new way, a new process".

For now, Emery is simply looking to build an identity and improve. But then also we need to build [a mentality] and it isn't a thing you find quickly.

Wenger opted to step down at the end of last season after nearly 22 years in charge.

"For me, that is the best message I can give the supporters".

"For that, we are working this week and preparing for this game and preparing for the opposition against City as a collective and as individual players". "I am going to decide tomorrow [Saturday] on the first 11, but Ainsley is the player who started the last match against Lazio".