Arsenal deny chief executive Gazidis resignation

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Emery handed the captain's armband to Aaron Ramsey against Atletico and said the Wales midfielder possessed the right qualities to lead his team in 2018-19.

"I think [we will play] high pressure, as well as possession; we want to keep the ball".

"We're really happy with the performance of the youngsters, it was a really good time for them to show what they've been training and working for these past years", the Argentine said. The contract is one thing for the club and the player. "We want to do that with style, with a personality, with protagonists on the pitch", Emery said, quoted on the club's official website.

Arsenal, rebuilding under Emery after Arsene Wenger's 22-year reign, are hoping for silverware this season and a return to the Champions League, while Atletico won the Europa League and finished second in La Liga.

Arsenal teenager Emile Smith-Rowe cancelled out Luciano Vietto's opener to take the game to a shootout.

The Spaniard said: "I think this is the moment for the young players to show their quality".

Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick insists Ivan Gazidis is "fully committed" to Arsenal but did not deny reports the chief executive will be joining AC Milan.

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Arsenal, known for playing possession-based football, is likely to switch to a mix of possession and high-pressing tactics under Emery, according to star forward Alexandre Lacazette.

The 53-year-old is now in Singapore on the club's pre-season tour, working closely with new manager Unai Emery, who he has helped to sign Stephan Lichtsteiner, Bernd Leno, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira.

"We understand how important it is for them to rest after the World Cup as we know it's going to be a long season ahead", the Argentine told reporters on Wednesday when asked how the side would cope without several of their best players.

"When I arrived here, the first meeting was with Ivan".

"Football changes every day".

The Czech Republic worldwide was handed the number one shirt at the end of the Premier League season despite the north London side's disappointing sixth-placed finish.

"I have a contract with Arsenal".

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