Unai Emery: 'Pep Guardiola is a better manager than me'

Michael Owen looks on prior to the UEFA Europa League Group A match between Feyenoord and Manchester United FC at Feijenoord Stadion

Arsenal boss Unai Emery has announced Laurent Koscielny as club captain.

The Spanish coach takes charge of the Gunners in the English top flight for the first time and assignments don't come a lot tougher than against a City side that won the league by 19 points last season.

Unai Emery is relishing the challenge of beginning his Arsenal tenure against reigning Premier League champions Manchester City. "Then I tell the players it is [Petr] Cech, [Aaron] Ramsey, [Mesut] Ozil and [Granit] Xhaka".

"I want leaders in the team - every player at every time to have the capacity to show leadership, but these are the five players who have the possibility to be captain".

Saints have already brought in attacking players this summer, with the former Basel winger Mohamed Elyounoussi and the former Celtic man Stuart Armstrong coming to the south coast outfit earlier in the window.

The coach said he expected midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles to start in that position against City, although there was a small chance that Monreal would be ready.

Perez managed to score eight goals in 35 matches for Deportivo who have been relegated into the Segunda division in Spain last season.

The return of Benjamin Mendy from a long-term injury will feel like a new signing, as will Aymeric Laporte who struggled to cement himself in the starting XI but with a full pre-season under his belt, he will now look to kick on. I believe in me, I believe in the players, I believe in the club. I like playing him because the preparation is demanding, to try and beat his teams and when we were in Spain, every match against Barcelona for Valencia and Sevilla was very exciting.

Emery also dodged a question about whether Wenger has sent him any messages at all going into the season, saying only that he wants to build on the Frenchman's legacy. Together I think we can improve, to win in our way. "But my idea is to give us the best performance quickly".

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