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Arsenal have reportedly told Danny Welbeck that he would be surplus to requirements this season under Unai Emery and have instructed his agent to find a new club for the forward.

Emery praised City boss Guardiola, whom he faced at Barcelona while coaching Almeria and Valenca, saying: "His career as a player is bigger than mine and his career as a coach is also bigger than mine".

Speaking in an interview with BBC Sport, Wright said: "They start against a City team who know exactly what they are doing, but this might be a good time to play them because some of their players are late back from the World Cup". Together I think we can improve, to win in our way. The same when we are thinking defensively, I want our strikers to be thinking: "We need to protect the goalkeepers".

Arsenal's opening game of the season will be against reigning champions Manchester City on Sunday, August 12, before facing rivals Chelsea six days later. "Above all it is important that we have confidence in ourselves so that we produce the best match for ourselves".

"I think every player and every coach and every supporter also is excited to start Sunday and to watch the match".

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He's in the group of players who didn't have a pre season, it's as simple as that. "There is not a story". He said: "I have my players, I like my players, I like to work with my players".

"I want to do it one way with this personality, enjoying with our supporters". "But we want to play with the idea to create a winning mentality".

The Spaniard said the players are looking forward to the new season with a sense of optimism and hopes to see that translated into a positive performance against the defending champions this weekend.

"Each player has this quality, this characteristic to help the team as a collective".

Emery has added a mix of youth and experience to the squad he inherited this summer, with deals done for the likes of Stephan Lichtsteiner, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Bernd Leno and Lucas Torreira.