Emery opens up on his expectations ahead of Man City clash
- Gunners boss make an appeal to fans to show their support as much as they can on this Sunday
- New Premier League season starts today, but Arsenal will play their first match on Sunday, August 12, against Pep Guardiola's side Manchester City
Speaking about what the Spanish manager wants to see from the Gunners on Sunday, he revealed: "We are working to improve each match and each training session. But Sunday, we need to show on the pitch our performance at a big level. The position is demanding our best moments tactically and also individually.
"It's for that, that on Sunday I want first to be together with our supporters. 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."
During the pre-Man City press conference, Emery has also sent a special message to his players: "My first message [to the players] is clear. Think about each match. Enjoy the challenges of each match. I am looking every day and the players are smiling in training with a big collective spirit. They are working and finishing tired but with a smile also on their face.
"For me, that is the best message I can give the supporters. It's for that [reason that] my message for Sunday is [one of] optimism."
In addition, speaking about the appropriate way of playing against the Premier League titans, Unai Emery said: "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.
Last year, in Arsenal's opening Premier Leauge day, the Gunners played against Leicester City, with Alexandre Lacazetted opening the scoring on the second minute of the match. The game turned out to be passionately nervous but dazzle, how every Premier League supporter would like it to be.
What do you expect from Sunday's opening game?