Welbeck tested in makeshift left-back role for Arsenal

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"First, he is injured but he is also captain of this group, is Koscielny", Emery said ahead of Sunday's Premier League opener against Manchester City.

The game against City will be Arsenal's first in the Premier League without Arsene Wenger as manager since September 1996. I've said many time that I'm not a special guy but I am so good at working, working, working, and they have to work too'.

The former Paris Saint-Germain and Sevilla boss faces a baptism of fire by hosting defending champions Manchester City on Sunday, then enduring another tough test the following week with a trip across London to Chelsea. He was a crucial part of Pep Guardiola's tactics, dictating the tempo of matches and dominating English football last season.

It's a fresh start for everyone at the club and what better way to continue the new found positivity surrounding Arsenal than with an opening day win against City.

"The signings they've made have addressed the positions and signings they needed to be better". Not only are Manchester City the title-holders, but they are still unquestionably the team to beat this season. People say now we have to forget what we did last season.

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Midfielder Aaron Ramsey is a doubt for the fixture. The major issue is at left-back, where Sead Kolasinac is definitely out and Nacho Monreal is considered doubtful, which may mean Ainsley Maitland-Niles starting.

Bernd Leno is expected to be preferred in goal to Petr Cech, with Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis the centre-back pairing.

The Spaniard did return to full training a few days ago, but could be shot of fitness for the City game.

"Pep Guardiola has backed Unai Emery to make an instant impact at Arsenal and turn the club back into Premier League title contenders". Torreira is the likeliest candidate to do so against Manchester City.

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