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Arsenal without four senior players for Premier League opener against Man City

Arsenal without four senior players for Premier League opener against Man City

Emery however, wants defenders to think like attackers, and attackers to think like defenders, and for the chasm in the middle of the pitch to be filled with agile, hard-working players.

Torreira will be tasked with competing for a starting spot alongside Granit Xhaka, Aaron Ramsey and Mohamed Elneny next term.

Arsenal manager, Unai Emery, has revealed the five captains he will have in his squad, as the 2018/2019 season kicks off.

Opening games against City and Chelsea will provide a flawless test for Emery and his team who will be desperate to improve on last season's sixth-place finish.

"For me, that is the best message I can give the supporters. I want to be together with the supporters to start a new way with the same players, also some new players, and with a new coach and new staff".

Arsenal's first team left backs aren't available, Sead Kolasinac is now injured and Nacho Monreal just returned to training so he isn't ready for the match against Pep Guardiola's men and the manager has hint that Ainsley Maitland-Niles could be chosen in that position on Sunday.

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

Emery has also pored over film of Arsenal's woes last season and his pre-season transfer dealings suggest he has already identified the problems that Wenger struggled to resolve. "Ozil is a player who signed for fortunes and he is expected to play". City, I think, after two years of working with Guardiola they have more stability, more security and when you watch City's matches, they are playing with a very, very great confidence in themselves.

Emery became Arsenal's first new manager since 1996 after Wenger stepped down in May following a 22-year reign. The traditional curtain raiser to the top flight season in England - the Community Shield game between Manchester City and Chelsea - was an indication that Guardiola's team will still be the team to beat. I want those two moments to feel the same for all players.