Arsenal are on the verge of opening their Premier League campaign against reigning champions Manchester City, and so with it officially beginning their new era under Spanish manager Unai Emery.
The Gunners went about putting in the final pieces of preparation on Saturday, as they trained at the Emirates ahead of the big showdown.
Emery watched over his squad diligently as they undertook a series of drills, while vocalising throughout and barking various commands to different players.
Unai Emery is preparing to get his Arsenal era under way against Manchester City on Sunday
The Spaniard was very vocal in training on Saturday as his side put in one final session
The new boss talked tactics with recent acquisition Lucas Torreira during the session
Emery threw himself into the drills and kept pace with Mesut Ozil to observe his movement
The boss has also challenged Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to try to win the Golden Boot
The Spanish coach wants his side to hit the ground running, and was seen getting very involved in the session and keeping pace with many of his top stars.
Emery must overcome Pep Guardiola if he is to get off to winning ways and begin his reign with three points on the board. He wants all his top names to perform, and has set the high bar for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of challenging for the Golden Boot.
Speaking this week ahead of the tie, Emery admitted he had been using the full depth of his squad in training and even admitted some players could alter their positions.
The Spaniard made the surprise admission that striker Danny Welbeck could even fill in as an emergency left-back, if it came down to it.
‘Danny Welbeck is one of the players who has a multi-position possibility,’ said Emery.
Emery has also admitted Danny Welbeck could play as an emergency left-back if needed
Welbeck will be hoping for opportunities from the new manager as the season unfolds
It wasn’t all serious however, as the players were able to joke around during the warm-up drills
‘Right winger, left winger, striker, and also yesterday he worked with us at left-back – his performance was good! I like this spirit. To help positions across the team with positive spirit.
Emery also insisted on Friday that Welbeck is not one of the players who would be free to leave before the European transfer window shuts at the end of the month.
The Spaniard has said goalkeeper David Ospina, defender Carl Jenkinson and forward Joel Campbell will be allowed to seek a new club – but went on to challenge Welbeck to shine this year.
Alexandre Lacazette will also be expected to provide the firepower for the Gunners
Aubameyang took plentiful sips of water after Arsenal finished their final intense session
‘I said to him when he arrived with us after the holidays, I want the best performance in his career from this player – and to work for that,’ Emery said of the former Manchester United man.
‘(We will be) helping with his quality and also getting better with his quality and his data in this year. More goals, more assists. Working to help when we need quick pressing against the opposition.’
‘For me it’s clear. Yesterday the transfer window closed and our players will stay with us.’
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