Unai Emery decides first-choice goalkeeper for new season

Petr Cech will captain Arsenal against Manchester City this weekend

Petr Cech will captain Arsenal against Manchester City this weekend

The Unai Emery era began with a 2-0 loss at home on Sunday to the reigning Premier League champions Manchester City.

"This morning, I give the official captain first", said Emery.

The England forward was outstanding despite having been back in training for less than a week after his exertions in Russian Federation and scored the opening goal as Arsenal, under new management, were swept aside at the Emirates.

"The team, for 90 minutes, they ran, they tried, they pushed, but we need to improve all collective and individual aspects".

"For that maybe also they are in the team more leaders who show this capacity". "The first half we didn't play like we wanted".

"We arrived after a hard season and I told him I want to help him and would like him to be happy".

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No other players on either team demonstrated during the anthem, with the Lions all standing together with locked arms. Attendance and ratings way down".

"We finished with the spirit I want".

Emery was also asked his view on Cech after the 46-year-old Gunners boss opted for the former Chelsea goalkeeper to start ahead of summer signing Bernd Leno. Mesut Ozil enjoyed a largely uncharacteristic game in the final third while City's counterpressing did enough to stifle Arsenal and force them into quicker, unstable progressions. "But I think this process today is normal, especially against a team like Manchester City".

Cech made several saves to keep Arsenal in the game but also seemed to struggle a bit when playing with his feet, almost scoring an own goal in the first half when he mishit a back pass from Guendouzi.

"He has this experience for defending our goal".

"Right winger, left winger, striker, and also yesterday he worked with us at left-back - his performance was good!" Against Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech, City took 17 shots, getting eight on target.

On the appointments, Emery said: "The captain of this group is Laurent Koscielny, who is injured at the moment".

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