Arsenal manager Unai Emery expects tough debut against defending champions Manchester City

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"I met the Kroenke family in Atlanta and he gave us his commitment in this project with Arsenal", the Spaniard added.

Kroenke's £550m offer to buy Alisher Usmanov's 30% stake has been accepted, meaning Kroenke will be able to make a compulsory purchase of the remaining shares.

"But we are starting a new way, a new process with the same players and the new players, the new coaches. It helps if we're together, for the players to show their best performance and to transmit with every supporter the quality, the energy and the spirit to go forward against Manchester City".

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.

Emery said he is working hard toward instilling a new mentality in the team, but that it could take time.

"My first message is clear: think about each match".

'It is for that we are working this week, preparing this game and preparing the opposition. I believe in me, I believe in the players, I believe in the club. For now, Southampton are a real option, primarily if he seeks regular first-team football, or Bournemouth, but Everton, another prospective suitor, might not want him now.

Danny Welbeck has been linked with a move to Valencia by the British media, with major European leagues able to recruit players until 31 August.

Saints have already brought in attacking players this summer, with the former Basel winger Mohamed Elyounoussi and the former Celtic man Stuart Armstrong coming to the south coast outfit earlier in the window.

However, Unai Emery has confirmed Mohamed Elneny is staying at Arsenal, and that only Carl Jenkinson, David Ospina and Joel Campbell are the ones close to departing the club this summer.

"But the other players are with us and we are going to work in the Emirates the day before the match with all the players". "For me, that is very important", he said.

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