Arsenal head coach Unai Emery reveals Laurent Koscielny will be club captain for 2018-19

Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has been speaking at London Colney. PA

Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has been speaking at London Colney. PA - Credit: PA Archive/PA Images

Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has been speaking ahead of the eagerly-awaited clash against Premier League champions Manchester City at the Emirates on Sunday. Gunners reporter Layth Yousif was at London Colney to hear the former PSG boss preview the match as well as reveal who will be the North Londoners official captain for the season.

Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has revealed injured centre-half Laurent Koscielny will be Arsenal’s club captain for the 2018-19 season.

The French defender has been sidelined with a serious achilles injury sustained in the second leg of the Europa League semi-final against Atletico Madrid in early May – but the former Lorient defender has been given a vote of confidence by his boss.

There had been suggestions Koscileny, who was vice-captain last term behind Per Mertesacker, would not be considered for the role due to his long-term injury.

However, the former PSG boss dispelled any notions the armband would be given to another senior player.

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Ahead of Sunday’s eagerly-awaited Premier League opener against Manchester City at the Emirates Emery confirmed Koscielny – despite not being available for selection until the end of the year at the earliest – will be skipper.

Emery said: “He’s injured, but he [Koscielny] is captain of this group.”

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However, Emery has insisted all summer whoever he chose as his leader on the pitch would be accompanied by a cohort of senior professionals.

Emery, speaking at London Colney on Friday shared the names of the other players he expects to help with leadership duties

He added: “I told the players, it is Petr Cech, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka.

“In my career I have always wanted leaders in the team, representation for all the players.

“I also think they are in the team more.

“Leaders who will show this capacity during the season. So these five players are in this possibility to be the captains.”

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