Arsenal will have five captains for the new season and Laurent Koscielny will captain the captains, making him the captain.

Or something.

Speaking in his first press conference ahead of a competitive Arsenal match, Emery finally clarified a number of things.

“The captain of this group is Laurent Koscielny, who is injured at the moment,” said Emery.

“After Laurent, our other captains are Petr Cech, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka.

“I want leaders in the team, every player at every time to have the capacity to show leadership, but these are the five players who have a possibility to be the captain.”

Emery is also making a number of other changes, including bringing the squad to train at the Grove on Saturday. He will also not reveal his starting Xi until Sunday, even to the players.

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Daily Mail 11 August 2018

The Arsenal head coach was also asked about Pep Guardiola, a manager he’s knows well from his time in Spain.

“It is easier to speak here than to do it on the pitch,” Emery said.

“After two years with Guardiola, they [City] have more stability. When you watch their matches, they play with great confidence and Guardiola’s coaching is clear in this team. It is for that we are working this week, preparing for this game and preparing for the opposition.

“I am 46, he is 47. He started his career as a bigger player than me. His career as a coach is bigger than me. His statistics are better than me. I like playing him because the preparation is demanding.

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Guardian, 11 August 2018

“When we were in Spain, every match against Barcelona for Valencia and Sevilla was very exciting. Sunday is the same. I want to show and give our players ambition.”

Sadly, Emery has faced Guardiola 10 times and has yet to win.