Unai Emery: 'Arsenal must control matches, become more aggressive'

Unai Emery has brought five new stars to the Emirates

Unai Emery has outlined his blueprint for his first season in charge of Arsenal, admitting that his side must become more "aggressive" in attacking transitions.

"My first message [to the players] is clear", Emery said. His distribution skills, calmness, and composure while playing out from the back, the ability to organize the defence will be essential to the way Manchester City will play at Emirates against Arsenal.

Emery has also pored over film of Arsenal's woes last season and his pre-season transfer dealings suggest he has already identified the problems that Wenger struggled to resolve. And stopping Manchester City superstar Sergio Aguero could be an ideal way to silence his critics.

Emery was hired to replace Wenger following the Frenchman's exit at the end of a dismal campaign which saw Arsenal labour to a sixth-place finish in the Premier League.

That's an nearly impossible task against City, who set out to defend their title the same as last season - plus Riyad Mahrez.

But, newly appointed head coach Unai Emery will face a stern test against the defending champions, who are keen to maintain their dominance in English football.

"They can do it", he told a news conference.

"I'm not sure because I am going to decide tomorrow [Saturday] on the first 11, but Ainsley is the player who started the last match against Lazio". He was in France, he was with many teams in Spain, so he has a lot of experience. "People spoke to me when I arrived saying it's like this or like that, but I discovered many things during the process, watching what happens'".

Pep Guardiola believes he is close to implanting the ideal culture at Manchester City and says the key to a "magnificent" follow-up to last season's record title triumph is not to forget it but to remember precisely how that was achieved.

Ramsey, whose contract expires at the end of the season, suffered a slight calf injury but has returned to training and could be fit to take his place in the Gunners side.

Take a look at the line up here. Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira are options there, as Emery will want the second midfielder to be the anchorman for the team. Together I think we can improve, to win in our way. Look at how much Kevin (de Bruyne) or (David) Silva ran last season. I repeat: organised, then play. "I see it as being his year".

"For that, we are working this week and preparing for this game and preparing for the opposition against City as a collective and as individual players".



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