Arsenal manager Unai Emery is excited about his baptism of fire in the Premier League on Sunday even though he could have wished for an easier first opponent than champions Manchester City. "He is injured, the first captain in this group is Koscielny". What we'll see Arsenal do more this season is win games tactically.
The Premier League kicks off this evening but for Arsenal, the big match takes place on Sunday.
"The other players are OK and we are working on the possibility to work with Ainsley, who has experience in this [left-back] position".
Pep Guardiola's side visit the Emirates Stadium on Sunday in what will be Emery's first game as Arsenal's head coach. "With the same players and also our new players with us, and with a new culture and new staff".
Asked to explain his decision, Emery told the London Evening Standard: "In my career I want leaders in the team - there is the representation for every player and in every time in the season the capacity to do that".More news: Viral Video Shows Brooklyn Nail Salon Workers Hitting Woman With A Broom
"We need two things: quality players, which we have, and then organisation".
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.
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.
"Emery has had longer with his team than anyone else - they've largely all been together for the whole of pre-season - and they could potentially cause an upset against City on day one". "We only have three players, Carl Jenkinson, David Ospina and Joel Campbell, with the possibility to leave", he said. I want those two moments to feel the same for all players.
"The match is going to give us the information [of what] is our level", he said.