Emery has worked hard to revamp the squad he inherited from Arsene Wenger with five new arrivals coming through the door this summer so Bernd Leno, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Sokratis, Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi should all be in the squad against City.
However, Arsenal manager Unai Emery has suggested that Welbeck will stay at the Emirates Stadium, which could open the door for Everton and Newcastle to make moves for him in the January transfer window. Emery has commented recently that he wants his team to play like City, and he will demand intensity and pressing that was often lacking from his predecessor's teams. Today, we had a meeting with the players to close all the possibilities to leave or come with more players.
Koscielny usually wore the armband last season as well, as club captain Per Mertesacker rarely played. Emery, even if successful in the long-term, will probably take time to assert himself at a club used to only one man for 22 years. What happened last season, we have learned and we know what to do.
Danny Welbeck began his pre-season work on Monday after enjoying a break following his exploits at the World Cup with England but he's still short of match practice so won't be considered against City. "For me, that is very important", he said. "It is very exciting, a great match to start with", he said.
"For that maybe also they are in the team more leaders to show this capacity". "I have confidence in myself, and also I can give them the confidence". I believe in me, I believe in the players, I believe in the club. Hopefully the fierce jostling for position will drive Manchester City players to improve and develop each other, which can only be seen as a good thing.