Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Unai Emery confirms Mohamed Elneny will stay at Arsenal

Unai Emery confirms Mohamed Elneny will stay at Arsenal Unai Emery confirms Mohamed Elneny will stay at Arsenal
Kristopher Love | 11 August, 2018, 09:50

"I think that Guardiola's coaching is clear in this team", said Emery. "In my career, I want leaders in the team".

Koscielny usually wore the armband last season as well, as club captain Per Mertesacker rarely played. After Laurent, our other captains are Petr Cech, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, and Granit Xhaka.

Spreading out the responsibility of shouldering a leadership role could be a way to tackle what was a chronic problem under Wenger, when the Gunners were often accused of lacking natural leaders and a winning mentality in big games.

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.

"Today, we had a meeting with the players to close all the possibilities to leave or come with more players", Emery said. For now, Southampton are a real option, primarily if he seeks regular first-team football, or Bournemouth, but Everton, another prospective suitor, might not want him now.

"Keeping a lot of the good ideas they were working here and also bringing a new time to improve in the tactical things under my idea to transmit the players my spirit and in this way the energy in the moment we need that. You need building it up in time". Arsenal's decision to cash-in on a player with one year left on his current deal comes as no surprise as Emery looks set to trim his squad even further.

This coming Sunday starts the beginning of a new chapter for Arsenal football club, with Unai Emery becoming the club's boss at the start of the summer, after Arsene Wenger's 22-year love affair with the North London side came to an end. "For me, that is very important".

Last season's champions, Manchester City are the opposition for Unai Emery's first competitive match in charge of the Gunners. "We are to think only to win the match".