Emery wants Arsenal to play on the front foot

Lehman was asked about the future of Arsenal under new manager Unai Emery as well as the competition he faces in the league.

The Gunners have a tricky start against the defending champions as they look to try and get their season off to a positive beginning.

"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.

Manchester City look set to miss Aymeric Laporte and Benjamin Mendy, according to Physioroom.com. Playmaker David Silva could also feature after sitting out at Wembley and goalkeeper Ederson will return.

Provisional squad: Ederson, Bravo, Walker, Danilo, Kompany, Stones, Laporte, Otamendi, Mendy, Danilo, Gundogan, Fernandinho, Delph, De Bruyne, D Silva, B Silva, Foden, Diaz, Sterling, Sane, Mahrez, Aguero, Jesus.

Manchester City have an abundance of attacking talent, but Silva's metronomic play in midfield is still crucial to their success.

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 Citizens (D5 L5). (Picture: Getty Images)What channel is Arsenal vs Man City on and is there a live stream?

Saints boss Mark Hughes will be desperate to bolster his attacking ranks before this evening's 5pm deadline, after his side's impotency in front of goal almost cost them their Premier League status last season.

Tottenham Hotspur, third last term, are heading into the new campaign with a gleaming new 62,000-seat stadium, which will be ready in September, having not added a single player to their roster hours before the transfer window closed on Thursday.

This might worry Arsenal fans who are optimistic after the exit of Wenger but if the mettle they have shown during their preseason matches is anything to go by, then his first match on English soil against Pep promises to be a cracker.

Ospina has been linked with Turkish clubs Beşiktaş and Fenerbahçe after Arsenal completed the signing of Bernd Leno earlier in the summer.

Last season's champions, Manchester City are the opposition for Unai Emery's first competitive match in charge of the Gunners.

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