Carragher: New Arsenal boss Emery compared to Rafa Benitez

Carragher: New Arsenal boss Emery compared to Rafa Benitez

Carragher: New Arsenal boss Emery compared to Rafa Benitez

Emery's shaky defence will have to face an incredibly lethal Manchester City attack and that could spell trouble for the new Arsenal manager on his debut.

As a result, the deadline for the Premier League's fantasy football is 19:00 United Kingdom time today, so make sure your team has been finalised prior to this evening's kick-off.

However, despite reported interest from Valencia, Emery is unwilling to sell the England worldwide, revealing that only Carl Jenkinson, David Ospina and Joel Campbell are available to leave the Emirates. "Today, we had a meeting with the players to close all the possibilities to bring more players", Emery told reporters.

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 Manchester City. "I am going to decide tomorrow [Saturday] on the first 11, but Ainsley is the player who started the last match against Lazio".

"We have a lot of ambition to start well on Sunday against the last winners of the Premier League". To say it here is easier than doing it on the pitch. "With the same players and also our new players with us, and with a new culture and new staff".

"Each player has this quality, this characteristic to help the team as a collective".

Emery praised City boss Guardiola, whom he faced at Barcelona while coaching Almeria and Valenca, saying: "His career as a player is bigger than mine and his career as a coach is also bigger than mine".

The match is on Sunday, 12 August with kick-off at 4pm at the Emirates Stadium.

Emery added that Stan Kroenke's bid to take sole ownership of the club could be positive for the club. Together I think we can improve, to win in our way.

"I met the Kroenke family in Atlanta and he gave us his commitment in this project with Arsenal", he said.

Arsenal have most of their players fit after very few of their players went far in the World Cup, but they still could have a few players miss out on opening day.

It's hard to see England worldwide Danny Welbeck getting anywhere near the pitch with the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette in front of him this season, and the Gunners should consider offloading him today.

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