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Emery in spotlight as Arsenal begin life without Wenger

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Chelsea Rogers | 11 August, 2018, 19:36

"I met the Kroenke family in Atlanta, and he gave us his commitment in this project with Arsenal", Emery told a news conference on Friday ahead of the season opener against Manchester City.

"I have a lot of confidence in myself and I want to transmit that to my players. The representation for every player and in every time in the season [there is] the capacity to do that", Emery said.

Arsenal meanwhile have added five players and have a new boss for the first time in 22 years.

The club's official website has confirmed a couple of long-term injuries with Sead Kolasinac out for 6-8 weeks and Laurent Koscielny due to return at the end of the year. Arsenal also signed veteran defenders Stephan Lichtsteiner - who is the Switzerland captain - and Sokratis Papastathopoulos, who are also seen as strong personalities both on and off the pitch.

But he is ready for the challenge - even if he is aware of the threat posed by last season's runaway champions.

I am predicting a 2-1 win in favor of the Gunners.

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Thibaut Courtois has been reminded of a time when he hurled taunts at Real Madrid fans, by their local rivals, Atletico Madrid . The 24-year-old Croatian worldwide previously played for Croatia's Dinamo Zagreb, Italian club Inter Milan and Real Madrid .

For now, Emery is simply looking to build an identity and improve.

"The past is very important in this club, with the people that were working here".

In a competitive squad, where Pep Guardiola has a plethora of options in attack, Bernardo Silva would do very well to fend off teammates Raheem Sterling and David Silva for consistency in the team.

"I am 46, he is 47 and he started his career as a player, bigger than me", he said at his pre-match presser. For now, Southampton are a real option, primarily if he seeks regular first-team football, or Bournemouth, but Everton, another prospective suitor, might not want him now.

"It's focus. Today we train, we trained good, that is the point".

He faces a Guardiola who is now fully into the swing of things at Manchester City and had an unparalleled domestic campaign previous year where City racked up 100 points.

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