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


Emery also risked the early wrath of the Arsenal supporters as he suggested majority shareholder Stan Kroenke's move to take complete control of the club is a positive thing. "For me, that is very important". "We are to think only to win the match". "Enjoy the challenges of each match", he said.

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.

The saga concerning Aaron Ramsey's contract situation is yet to come to a close but fans will be thankful that the Wales global enters the season with the club and has battled back from a knock to be in contention to feature on Sunday. It's for that, that on Sunday I want first to be together with our supporters. But then we are going to watch Sunday, how is the response of the team against Manchester City.

Emery has a problem at left-back, with Sead Kolasinac out for two months and Nacho Monreal having only returned to full training on Friday following a minor knee issue.

'We started at the same moment as coaches. I want to show and give our players ambition'.

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Jenkinson and Campbell have had extensive periods away from the club on loan while goalkeeper Ospina is back-up to new signing Bernd Leno and Petr Cech.

There is also believed to be European interest in the forward, with Turkish giants Besiktas linked with a move for the player.

"Today, we had a meeting with the players to close all the possibilities to bring more players". But these five players are in this possibility to be the captain'.

There's also another big absence in the middle, where Laurent Koscielny is sidelined until 2019, but a new face as arrived in Sokratis Papastathopoulos. There were a lot of positives in the pre-season games the Gunners played, especially the seamless induction of young players like Matteo Guendouzi and Emile Rowe Smith into the first team.