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Mesut Ozil appointed the co-captain of Arsenal by the Unai Emery chief

Mesut Ozil appointed the co-captain of Arsenal by the Unai Emery chief

LONDON – Arsenal Unai Emery captain has made Laurent Koscielny the club captain despite his long-term injury, and has named Mesut Ozil among his other four co-captains. Emery said throughout the summer that he would name the five captains of the team, with Koscielny being named the number 1 among them even though the central defender is not expected before December due to a tendon d & # 39; Torn Achilles. The other four captains are goalkeeper Petr Cech and midfield trio Aaron Ramsey, Ozil and Granit Xhaka, Emery revealed on Friday. "This morning, I give them [the squad] the official captain. Firstly, he is injured, but he is also the captain of this group, he is Koscielny, "Emery said ahead of Sunday's opening match against Manchester City. In my career, I want a leader in the team. … It is natural that these five players are in the position of captain. "Last season Koscielny also wore the captain's armband, as captain Per Mertesacker rarely played: Emery had mentioned the other four during the preseason, as Cech, Ramsey, Ozil and Xhaka were all captains for at least one game. Arsenal & # 39; s Mesut Ozil before the friendly against Lazio Stuart MacFarlane / Arsenal via Getty Images Spilling the responsibility to take a leadership role could be a way to deal with what was a chronic problem under Wenger, when the Gunners were often accused of lacking natural leaders and winning mentality in big games, Arsenal also signed veteran defenders Stephan Lichtsteiner – who is the captain of Switzerland – and Sokratis Papastathopoulos, who are also seen as strong personalities both Emery said he is working hard to instill a new mentality in the team, but that could take some time. "I want one thing, because it's very important to us for the player, it's getting confidence, trust in our work, self-confidence," said Emery. "I trust myself, and I can trust them too. But then we must build too [a mentality] and it's not something you find quickly. You need to rebuild it in time. "Emery also avoided asking him if Wenger sent him any messages for the whole season, saying only that he wants to build on the French heritage: Emery became the first new manager of Arsenal since 1996 after Wenger got resigned in May after a period of 22 years. "The past is very important in this club, with the people who were working here. But we are starting a new way and a new process, "he said." IS [we are] keeping many of the good ideas they were working with here and also bringing my new one [ideas] how to improve things tactics, or my idea to convey to my players my spirit. "Emery takes a fire test against the reigning champions in the opening game, and said the game will give a better indication that the Gunners can compete for the title this season." The game will give us the information [of what] it's our level, "he said." But we want to play with the idea of ​​creating a winning mentality. … I believe in me, I believe in the players, I believe in the club. But then we'll watch on Sunday, as is the team's response against Manchester City. But my idea is to give us the best performance fast. "
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