Arsenal coach Emery: We will beat Manchester City in season opener

Aubrey Yates
August 12, 2018

'Emile is 17 years old.

On Wednesday, he said Emery had convinced Arsenal's young guns that they can shine, and yesterday it seemed he took that to heart.

Ramsey wore the armband for Arsenal in their preseason friendly against Atletico Madrid on Thursday before being taken off 60 minutes into the 1-1 draw, with the Gunners then losing on penalties.

"It was an impressive performance against a team as strong as Arsenal, and the players showed the work they have been doing is heading in the right direction".

A new contract was handed to Rob Holding and Aaron Ramsey remains in talks about an extension, while Emery has made several new additions to his squad. Despite being out of contract next summer, Ramsey did say he would give 100 percent to the Gunners this year.

Despite the fevered speculation over his future, Ramsey insists he does not feel under any pressure. Although a deal hasn't been reached, the manager believes one could be finalised soon.

"I think Aaron is an important player for us", Emery said during his post-game news conference. "What's important for us is that every young player is working very hard".

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He was also keen to point out that keeping hold of key players like striker Griezmann and goalkeeper Jan Oblak when they were constantly linked with moves away from the Spanish capital was a positive statement of intent for the club.

"It's my decision and whatever I decide to do, that's on me", he said.

"I'm looking forward to that. But Aaron has the condition to be one of the captains".

This claim is supported by Sevilla's director of football, who recently suggested they will only consider selling N'Zonzi if a club meets his clause.

Aubameyang became the club's record signing when he arrived in the January transfer window from Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund and was an instant hit in the Premier League.

"We've yet to come to an agreement".

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