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11 August 2018, 09:50 | Anna Jefferson
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Welbeck's departure would benefit both him and Arsenal; the England forward would get some much-needed game time, and Unai Emery would have some funds freed up to use before tonight's deadline strikes.
Arsenal boss Unai Emery has admitted that Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola is a "better" manager than him, as the two men prepare to lock horns this weekend. Emery became Arsenal's first new manager since 1996 after Wenger stepped down in May following a 22-year reign. "For me, that is very important", he said.
Finishing 37 points behind City was a fitting ending for the dispiriting final season of the Wenger era - a torrid campaign played out to a soundtrack of angry protests against the manager from frustrated fans. The Arsenal Supporters" Trust insist they are "wholly against the takeover'.
"(On Thursday) the window closed here in the Premier League", Emery told a news conference on Friday.
The 46-year-old Spaniard arrives with an intriguing pedigree, having enjoyed success with PSG, only to pay the price for failing to fulfil the club's desire to win the Champions League.
On the appointments, Emery said: "The captain of this group is Laurent Koscielny, who is injured at the moment".
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It's been great getting to know him". "There's no doubt he loves playing for Arsenal and would like to stay on the right terms". For a good part, Welbeck has played on either side of attack but through the middle, Emery now prefers other players there.
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Chris Woakes is expected to replace all-rounder Ben Stokes, who is standing trial in Bristol on a charge of affray. The play is set to start at the usual time of 11 a.m. with an extra 30 minutes to allowed at the end of the day.