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New Arsenal manager Unai Emery has laid out what he expects to see from his Gunners, ordering them to play with “style and personality”.
The north Londoners finished sixth last season as Arsene Wenger’s 22-year reign fizzled out, their 63 points leaving them closer to bottom club West Brom than champions Manchester City.
Preparations for their first season without Wenger since 1995-96 are continuing in Singapore, and Emery wants his men to play without fear.
He said: “Each match, you are looking for every player to transmit intensity, aggression, to show that they want to win and are prepared to work hard to win.
“We want to do that with style, with a personality, with protagonists on the pitch.”
Emery, who led former club Sevilla to three Europa League final triumphs in a row, has been busy in the transfer market, adding Greece centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Borussia Dortmund and Juventus’ Swiss international full-back Stefan Lichsteiner, Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno and Uruguay World Cup midfielder Lucas Torreira.
Talks are ongoing with Sevilla for a reunion with midfielder Steven N’Zonzi, who was a member of France’s World Cup winning squad this summer.
He has also seen England midfielder Jack Wilshere leave at the end of his contract as he could not guarantee him regular football.
The 46-year-old added: “We want every player to create things and find things when they’re on the ball. When we are without the ball, we also want to show ambition to recover the ball quickly.
“We want to demonstrate that not only in every match, but also in every training session.
“We want our players to be energetic, full of action — with or without the ball — and as protagonists on the pitch doing things.”