Carragher: New Arsenal boss Emery compared to Rafa Benitez

Silvia Morton
August 10, 2018

Last season's champions, Manchester City are the opposition for Unai Emery's first competitive match in charge of the Gunners. Something in my guts tells me that Arsenal will just nick this one. For a good part, Welbeck has played on either side of attack but through the middle, Emery now prefers other players there.

The 46-year-old Spaniard, who has brought in five fresh faces in the close season since replacing French legend Arsene Wenger, beleives City will have the upper hand as they have a consistent style due to manager Pep Guardiola being with them for two years and he is still bedding himself in at the Gunners.

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.

Turkish club Besiktas are willing to trade Croatian star Domagoj Vida to Arsenal today - but the Premier League side failed to raise the cash on 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.

Perez managed to score eight goals in 35 matches for Deportivo who have been relegated into the Segunda division in Spain last season.

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Jenkinson and Campbell have had extensive periods away from the club on loan while goalkeeper Ospina is back-up to new signing Bernd Leno and Petr Cech.

"Today, Nacho Monreal began to train with the team", Emery said.

"But the other players are with us and we are going to work in the Emirates the day before the match with all the players". They have stability and when you watch their matches you see how they play with a very great confidence in themselves.

"For me, it's positive and his commitment is for me, to Arsenal, the most important".

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

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