Emery names five Arsenal captains

Petr Cech will captain Arsenal against Manchester City this weekend

Petr Cech will captain Arsenal against Manchester City this weekend

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

Arsenal begin their Premier League campaign with a daunting clash against champions City at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, and Cech has won over Emery to get the nod between the sticks.

Emery brought in goalkeeper Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen this summer, as insurance in case Cech falters, so the current Gunners No. 1 knows he could lose his gig if he continues to struggle.

"We arrived after a hard season [in 2016, when Guardiola had made a point of contacting Sterling during Euro 2016 to offer his support] and I told him I wanted to help him and would like him to be happy". And the team for 90 minutes, they ran, they tried, they pushed, but I think we need to improve [everything], collectively and also individually.

"Arsene is more about leaving the freedom to the players to decide how they want to do the actions, how they feel in that moment", said Cech. 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.

"With Unai, we work specifically (what) we want to do and how we want to do it". Mesut Ozil enjoyed a largely uncharacteristic game in the final third while City's counterpressing did enough to stifle Arsenal and force them into quicker, unstable progressions. "I thought we did it pretty well".

"Right winger, left winger, striker, and also yesterday he worked with us at left-back - his performance was good!"

Another worry for Arsenal is that their left-back situation worsened when Ainsley Maitland-Niles hobbled off in the first half with a leg injury.

"Danny Welbeck is one of the players who has a multi-position possibility", said Emery.

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