Arsenal coach Unai Emery confirmed at his press conference today that his side will be without four of their experienced stars for Manchester City's trip to the Emirates on the opening weekend of the Premier League season.
Elsewhere, fresh from their Championship exploits, promoted teams Wolverhampton Wanderers, Cardiff City and Fulham take on Everton, Bournemouth and Crystal Palace respectively. Ahead of them could be the exciting triumvirate of Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
"In my career, I want leaders in the team".
"We want to start well, we want to play and we want to show our quality, our work in this month tactically and with our spirit", he said. To say it here is easier than doing it on the pitch.
The 29-year-old joined the Hammers after spending two years on loan with Deportivo La Caruna since 2017. "Above all it is important that we have confidence in ourselves so that we produce the best match for ourselves".
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Emery is very hands-on, planning every training session himself and often literally walking his players through every phase of play in minute detail.
The Colombian worldwide will also likely leave the club as Unai Emery says because he has played as a back up for Petr Cech for the last three years and the gunners signing Bernd Leno clearly showed that the gunners don't have trust in him anymore.
"I met the Kroenke family in Atlanta and he gave us his commitment in this project with Arsenal", the Spaniard added.
"The target is to try to win and then in April or May next year we will see".