Welbeck at the back? Emery impressed by Danny's versatility


GETTY Liverpool have signed well and will be hoping to push Man City all the way

A cynic might suggest Emery's feat of winning the Europa League three years in a row with Sevilla was the most relevent achievement on his CV prior to his appointment at Arsenal - who will compete in Europe's second tier competition for a second successive season. I have already given my reasons for believing Cech will still be Number One for a while and I can see Sokratis, Lichtsteiner and Torreira all being thrown in at the deep end, while he will allow Ozil, Aubameyang and Lacazette to look for the quick breakaway.

While others bemoaned their lack of signings and questioned their club hierarchy's pre-season preparations, most notably Guardiola's nemesis in the red half of Manchester Jose Mourinho, the Catalan had nothing but praise for his squad and his employers, saying "I can not complain for one minute".

"We can do our job, yes, but maybe Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea can do their job better and win", he said. "In my career, I want leaders in the team". Why not try it again?

The game against City will be Arsenal's first in the Premier League without Arsene Wenger as manager since September 1996. "And then, when we have the space, to be aggressive going forward".

While the rest of the league attempted to reload in order to give the Citizens a run for their money, Manchester City splashed plenty of cash of its own, signing winger Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City for a club-record $76.6 million.

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Although attempts were made to add a defensive midfielder to the squad in Jorginho, who instead joined Chelsea, Guardiola insists he is perfectly happy with his group of players. "Now, when I say something to them, they know exactly what we have to do".

"I have said many times I am not a special guy but I am so good at working, working, working a lot and they have to work too". It's excellent. They are excellent human beings.

But with some players struggling for fitness following their World Cup exertions, Arsenal could catch them cold.

Sergio Aguero passed up a hugely presentable chance just before Silva put the result beyond any doubt with 64 minutes gone with a thunderous strike from a Benjamin Mendy cutback, as the Unai Emery era at Arsenal ended in disappointing fashion.

Midfielders Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling are back in contention for City.

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