Mesut Ozil named Arsenal co-captain by boss Unai Emery

Carragher: New Arsenal boss Emery compared to Rafa Benitez

Unai Emery faces a daunting task to lift Arsenal out of the doldrums as the Gunners head into a new Premier League season without Arsene Wenger as their manager for the first time in 22 years.

The Nigeria worldwide had been linked with a departure from the Emirates Stadium before penning a new long-term contract this month, but even with that, he can still be sold or loaned out to a foreign club before September 1, 2018.

Emery urged fans to go into the City game and the season with optimism and said he wanted his players to take one step at a time.

Emery said: 'Carl Jenkinson, Joel Campbell and David Ospina have possibilities to leave.

"Arsenal are going to play this pressing game and could they catch City off guard?"

Arsenal finished 37 points behind Premier League champions Manchester City last season to highlight the widening gap between the two clubs following Pep Guardiola's appointment at the Eastlands outfit in 2016.

"I think every player and every coach and every supporter also is excited to start Sunday and to watch the match".

Barcelona have buy-back option in Yerry Mina Everton deal
But I was also convinced Everton could improve me and that I would be able to show my best as a player here'. The Colombian centre-back had been linked to Manchester United and Lyon as well as the Toffees this summer.

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher is predicting that we will see a much more tactically astute and disciplined Arsenal side this season under the North London club's new boss Unai Emery. Above all, it is about confidence in ourselves to do the best match on Sunday.

"We are working to improve each match and each training session".

"When we are thinking in an attacking moment, I want the goalkeeper thinking for that, he is the first".

Emery added that Stan Kroenke's bid to take sole ownership of the club could be positive for the club.

The Arsenal Supporters' Trust described the move as a "dreadful day" for the club, but Emery is more optimistic.

And the former Paris Saint-Germain and Sevilla coach has stressed the importance of Arsenal being on the front foot. Also, I think that it's a big and great match that we can play to start this season.

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