Emery picks Koscielny as Arsenal captain

Unai Emery Maurizio Sarri Arsenal Chelsea 2018-19

Leno is starting with us, he's working very well and played well in pre-season but he can wait for his moment. Then we need to build and create by the way. To continue working I want one thing because it's very important for the players to take confidence in our work, in ourselves.

Pep Guardiola has underlined his desire to keep Raheem Sterling at Manchester City, despite talks over a new contract remaining on hold, after the England forward excelled to ruin Unai Emery's first Premier League game in charge of Arsenal.

Experienced defender Per Mertesacker served as the Gunners' club captain before his retirement at the end of last season and now fellow centre-back Koscielny will take on the responsibility.

The 23-year-old was hailed for his performance in Uruguay's 2-1 win over Portugal in the round of 16 after he marked Cristiano Ronaldo.

Koscielny, now out with an ankle injury, captained the side in place of Per Mertesacker last season.

Petr Cech, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Özil and Granit Xhaka are all in line to wear the armband during the season.

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The French global was one of the most exciting players in Europe when he joined Barcelona in a big-money move from Borussia Dortmund last summer but he endured a frustrating debut campaign in Spain.

But confidence levels are growing under Emery after a positive pre-season and while expectations are cautious for his first campaign, the former Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain tactician has given an insight into how he will look to transform Arsenal's fortunes - though preached that he needs time to implement his methods.

The first captain in this group is Koscielny.

"In my career I want leaders..."

"Maybe there will be more leaders in the team to show this captaincy, not just in the captains' group".

Emery's decision to appoint five captains is all part of his desire to change the way Arsenal work after he succeeded Wenger in the summer. But these five players are in this possibility to be the captain'.

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