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Unai Emery hints Danny Welbeck could solve Arsenal’s left-back crisis

12 August 2018

Ainsley Maitland-Niles came on for Kolasinac after he was hurt in Arsenal's 1-1 draw with Chelsea on August 1 and Emery said following the match he would not rule out using the 20-year-old against City.

Welbeck is among the players to have been tipped to leave Arsenal before the European transfer window closes on August 31, with David Ospina, Carl Jenkinson and Joel Campbell also expected to move on.

It's an incredibly hard start for Unai Emery as the Gunners new chapter starts against a team tipped for more superiority after their exploits last season.

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Joining Arsenal in 2014 from Premier League rivals Manchester United, Danny Welbeck has so far made 112 appearances for the Gunners across all competitions.

Arsenal legend Ian Wright believes playing Man City on the opening day of the season is a great time to face them.

New signing Stephan Lichsteiner is likely to start at left-back, despite the right being his stronger side, given his experience and Manchester City's tough wingers.

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the new Arsenal kit. "It's natural these five players are in the position to be captain". Arsenal were given a hiding in this fixture a few months back, losing 3-0 on an absolutely freezing night in front of a paltry crowd that pretty much summed up where they were back then. "But we are starting a new way, and a new process", he said.

Guardiola's side might become more technical at the back this season, with Aymeric Laporte and John Stones seemingly his first-choice combination, with the more rugged Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi back-ups. No way. I don't want to forget what we have done last season. But in these two moments in the match, we need to work. "But we want to play with the idea to create a winning mentality".

The Gunners entertain Pep Guardiola's champions at the Emirates on Sunday.

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Unai Emery hints Danny Welbeck could solve Arsenal’s left-back crisis