Unai Emery confirms new Arsenal captain

Unai Emery has named Laurent Koscielny as Arsenal's main captain though the defender remains out with an ankle injury

Also, they are building one team with security, with good players, with great stability, playing like they want, and we are starting.

"The pre-season is the same opportunity, the same chances for the goalkeepers".

It remains to be seen how much football Cech, now second in the pecking order, plays this season as Arsene Wenger in recent years used to utilised his second-string stopper in the cup competitions but it's not known whether Emery will do the same.

Pep Guardiola has underlined his desire to keep Raheem Sterling at Manchester City, despite talks over a new contract remaining on hold, after the England forward excelled to ruin Unai Emery's first Premier League game in charge of Arsenal. Yes, it's only one game and it was against as formidable an opponent as possible, but there is a ton of room for improvement if Petr Cech and company are to rise above last year's sixth place finish.

"It's clear today Manchester City was demanding our best performance, and today we [can see] we have to continue working, but I am happy with the players because they run, they fight". Then we need to build and create by the way.

"We wanted to start here with our supporters".

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Per Mertesacker previously held the position but barely in the final season before his retirement, with Koscielny regularly taking the armband in his absence.

"He has this experience for continuing to defend our goal", Emery said.

He said: "The first captain in this group is Koscielny".

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".

"Maybe there will be more leaders in the team to show this captaincy, not just in the captains" group.

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