Emery set for baptism of fire as Arsenal host Man City

Arsenal transfer news Jose Mourinho also wants Jerome Boateng

Arsenal are without a victory in their last five league meetings with Manchester City (D2 L3), and have won just two of their last 12 against the Blues (D5 L5).

But Emery will hope for immediate success this season having enjoyed a fine transfer window, signing goalkeeper Bernd Leno, defenders Stephan Lichtsteiner and Sokratis, and midfielders Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi.

It's an exciting time to be an Arsenal fan, and despite missing out on Champions League football for a second consecutive season, there's much to look forward to in the coming campaign.

Arsenal's director of high performance Darren Burgess says the players have embraced new manager Unai Emery's methods.

Given Vida's impressive World Cup outing, it would be a smart investment from Emery to acquire the Croatian's services and the centre-back's experience and know-how could prove to be pivotal during Koscielny's absence.

"Most people recognised that our defence was poor last season", he said, per the Evening Standard.

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"We conceded a ridiculous number of goals around 50 or something which Arsenal hadn't done in maybe 15 years so one thing he's been working on unsurprisingly is making the team a bit more solid and better organised in that area. His sessions are very intricate in that regard".

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is believed to be close to signing a new deal with Arsenal FC this week, following weeks of doubt about the star's future at the Emirates. For a good part, Welbeck has played on either side of attack but through the middle, Emery now prefers other players there. The Gunners have not won the Premier League title since 2004 and they ended up in sixth place and without a trophy last term.

Burgess also gave an insight to how Emery operates as a manager.

No one needs to be reminded of how Guardiola's team blew everyone out of the title race previous year, and they are huge favorites going into this match. He's never not analysing, even in the lead up to friendly games.

Ramsey is a key figure in the club's midfield but they could lose him for nothing next summer if they don't get him tied down long-term.

"He's passionate about playing football a certain way and he really wants Arsenal to play that way".

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