Arsenal manager Unai Emery has confirmed that three players could still leave the club this month.
The game against City will be Arsenal's first in the Premier League without Arsene Wenger as manager since September 1996. "I want the players and supporters to feel that together, and also enjoy each match, each moment in our stadium, and in this way the team transmits to the supporters the passion". Also, I think that it's a big and great match that we can play to start this season.
Koscielny will serve as "No 1 captain" but is likely to be out of action until the new year because of injury.
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Emery's decision to appoint five captains is all part of his desire to change the way Arsenal work after he succeeded Wenger in the summer.
Bernd Leno joined from Bayer Leverkusen to offer an alternative to ageing goalkeeper Petr Cech, while Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi have been bought to add energy and steel in midfield.
Emery said he is working hard toward instilling a new mentality in the team, but that it could take time. "If we are good and consistent like last season then we have a good chance". "For me, that is very important".
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For now, Emery is simply looking to build an identity and improve.
Emery faces a trial by fire against the defending champions in the opening game, and said that game will give a better indication of whether the Gunners can compete for the title this season.
Guardiola took time to settle too, but he answered his critics last season and his team's performance in the Community Shield suggested that they are raring to go once more. "But we want to play with the idea to create a winning mentality".
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He faces a Guardiola who is now fully into the swing of things at Manchester City and had an unparalleled domestic campaign past year where City racked up 100 points.