Fellow defender Laurent Koscielny is not expected back until the end of the year as he continues to recover from a long-term Achilles injury. Then I told the players it will be Cech, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka. I like playing him because the preparation is demanding, to try and beat his teams and when we were in Spain, every match against Barcelona for Valencia and Sevilla was very exciting. "It's natural these five players are in the position to be captain".
Emery also announced his choices as club captains.
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.
New Customers can get Man City at an enhanced 40/1 to beat Arsenal. "Confidence in our work, confidence in himself", Emery said. The same when we are thinking defensively, I want our strikers to be thinking: "We need to protect the goalkeepers". "You need building it up in time".
Emery speaks English far from fluently but his command of the language has improved since his appointment in May and he hopes his team have made similar strides during the summer. Emery became Arsenal's first new manager since 1996 after Wenger stepped down in May following a 22-year reign. "For me, that is very important".
"Today, we had a meeting with the players to close all the possibilities to leave or come with more players", Emery said. "With the same players and also our new players with us, and with a new culture and new staff". What we'll see Arsenal do more this season is win games tactically. "I am going to decide tomorrow [Saturday] on the first 11, but Ainsley is the player who started the last match against Lazio".