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Instead, Emery must focus on getting the best out of Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who made a fine start with Arsenal following his January move from Dortmund, while also finding a way to dovetail the creative talents of Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Valencia are one club to have reportedly shown an interest in the former Manchester United man - who was part of Gareth Southgate's squad which reached to World Cup semi-finals in Russian Federation.

One of the quartet will take the armband in Sunday's Premier League opener against Manchester City, given Koscielny remains sidelined with the ankle injury that ruled him out of France's triumphant World Cup campaign. Well it looks like we are going to keep the tradition of the non-playing captain but Emery refuses to name a vice-captain!

"We only have three players: Carl Jenkinson, David Ospina and Joel Campbell, with the possibility to leave". The victor of this one, anyway, will go some way towards helping his side to a win.

Emery could not have been handed a more hard start to life at Arsenal with a trip to Chelsea following on from the visit of City.

Emery is set to pit his wits against Pep Guardiola and the reigning champions, who are favourites for the Premier League title this season.

"If we play good and we are consistent we have a chance to repeat the Premier League". Also, I think that it's a big and great match that we can play to start this season.

'It is easier to speak here than to do it on the pitch, ' Emery said.

"They show me in two seasons, especially the last one, we can trust them", Guardiola said. It is for that we are working this week, preparing for this game and preparing for the opposition.

"Also, I think that Guardiola's coaching is clear in this team".

'Winning is the best motivation and we will try to continue what we have done.

Arsenal had been stuck in a downward spiral for years and with Wenger unable to reverse the decline, owner Stan Kroenke finally dispensed with the most successful manager in his club's history despite the Frenchman's desire to stay. They face an unknown entity in Arsenal this time around, though, with a new man at the helm for the first time in 27 years.

"I met the Kroenke family in Atlanta and he gave us his commitment in this project with Arsenal", added Emery. For me this news is positive.

Defence: Laurent Koscielny is obviously out with a long-term Achilles injury and Calum Chambers has been sent on loan to Fulham for the season.