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Carragher: New Arsenal boss Emery compared to Rafa Benitez

Carragher: New Arsenal boss Emery compared to Rafa Benitez

Pep Guardiola set very high standards for City last season (Picture: Getty Images)What are the odds?

It remains to be seen what kind of impact the new boys can have, as Arsenal prepare for a testing opening to the new season against Manchester City and Chelsea, but the Gunners are setting the loftiest of targets.

The north London side are now preparing for their first season under Unai Emery following his appointment at The Emirates as Arsene Wenger's successor back in May. He said on his arrival that he would appoint five players to the role because he wanted a wide spread of leadership throughout the team, and on Friday he revealed he had plumped for Laurent Koscielny, Petr Cech, Aaron Ramsey, Granit Xhaka and Mesut Özil. He spoke of the need for Arsenal to show fresh energy and a keen understanding of his tactics, and for supporters to rally around the new approach. Together I think we can improve, to win in our way. "The representation for every player and in every time in the season [there is] the capacity to do that", Emery said. The same when we are thinking defensively, I want our strikers to be thinking: "We need to protect the goalkeepers".

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Emery also dodged a question about whether Wenger has sent him any messages at all going into the season, saying only that he wants to build on the Frenchman's legacy. I like playing him because the preparation is demanding, to try and beat his teams and when we were in Spain, every match against Barcelona for Valencia and Sevilla was very exciting.

During the second period of former boss Arsene Wenger's 22-year reign as manager, the Gunners were routinely criticised for their tactical naivety. "With the same players and also our new players with us, and with a new culture and new staff". "But we want to play with the idea to create a winning mentality. I repeat: organised, then play".


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