Emery names Koscielny Arsenal captain

AP     Arsenal's Mesut Ozil

AP Arsenal's Mesut Ozil

New Arsenal boss Unai Emery could start Danny Welbeck at left-back against current champions Manchester City as the Gunners' first choice full-backs Nacho Monreal and Saed Kolasinac are out injured for this afternoon's game.

For City, it's a lovely start away from home and it shows that even this early in the season, this team is once again the favorite to win the league.

With Laurent Koscielny out for the foreseeable future, Sokratis Papastathopoulos is likely to make his Arsenal debut alongside Shkodran Mustafi at the heart of the defence.

It's an incredibly hard start for Unai Emery as the Gunners new chapter starts against a team tipped for more superiority after their exploits last season. His battle with Kyle Walker was an intriguing one until injury prematurely ended his day.

The teenager had a couple of hard moments but also looked bright on the ball at times.

And Emery issued a rallying call to the supporters.

MF Granit Xhaka, 5 - Guendouzi might well have expected considerable support from the more experienced Xhaka, but the Swiss was no more effective in the midfield battle.




Midfielder Aaron Ramsey is a doubt for the fixture. But for this game alone, his work as a shot-stopper was outstanding, making a series of excellent saves.

Given the truncated preseason he's had after heavy World Cup involvement, his energy and enthusiasm were impressive. Unfortunately, this was another one of his more quiet afternoons.

FW Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 6 - Like Ramsey, Mkhitaryan spent most of the game chasing shadows.

Those players will join an Arsenal dressing room that is already stacked with top-class talent, with the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Ozil making up the Gunners' ranks.

Maitland-Niles isn't a natural left-back, although was deployed there on various occasions last season, and his right-footedness might help if Guardiola deploys Riyad Mahrez on the right flank, as the Algerian is always attempting to drift inside onto his left.

In the United Kingdom, the Gunners vs. Citizens confrontation will live stream via Sky Sports NOW TV service, while in India, Hotstar will live stream the biggest English Premier League match of the new season so far. Look at his form and where he puts the ball. He should be a useful addition to the squad.

Thus, the 29-year-old will have a point to prove when he makes his Premier League debut on Sunday.

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