Unai Emery gives update on Danny Welbeck’s Arsenal future

Unai Emery has closed the door on Danny Welbeck leaving Arsenal until January.

The Gunners were willing to listen to offers for the England striker this week but were unable to agree a deal for him to leave.

Emery had already informed Welbeck – who scored five goals in 28 Premier League appearances last season – that he will not be a regular this season.

Yet he insisted the door is now closed on any outgoings for the coming campaign – despite clubs being able to sell to their foreign counterparts until the end of August.

Emery said: “Today, we had a meeting with the players to close all the possibilities to bring more players.

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“We only have three players: Carl Jenkinson, David Ospina and Joel Campbell, with the possibility to leave. 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.

“Only two young players are going today, to play tomorrow with the under-23s against Manchester City away. They are Emile Smith Rowe and Eddie Nketiah.

“The others, they are with us and tomorrow we decide the group for going to the hotel and also the first 11 and the first 18 players.”

Arsenal kick off their Premier League season at the Emirates on Sunday against Manchester City.


Emery has a poor record against Pep Guardiola, winning none of his last ten meetings with the City boss. But he insisted he will send his side out with the belief that they can end that run this weekend.

He added: “It’s more easy to speak here than to do it on the pitch. City, I think, after two years of working with Guardiola they have more stability. “More security and when you watch City’s matches, they are playing with a very, very great confidence in themselves.

“Also, I think that Guardiola’s coaching is clear in this team. For that, we are working this week and preparing for this game and preparing for the opposition against City as a collective and as individual players.

“Above all, it’s about confidence in ourselves to play the best match on Sunday. We are to think only to win the match.

“I am 46 and he is 47. His career as a player is bigger than mine and his career as a coach is also bigger than mine. But we started at the same moment, our career as coaches.

“His coaches, with statistics and data, are better than me also. But I like to play more against him because it’s demanding for your preparation, to try to win against his teams.

“When we were in Spain, for me, each match against Barcelona with Almeria and then with Valencia for four years, was very exciting and demanding.

“It’s for that reason that Sunday is the same for me here. A new experience, but with one work with a lot of ambition for me. I want to show and to give our players also this ambition.”

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