Arsenal vs Manchester City: 3 key battles in Emery’s league debut


He faces a Guardiola who is now fully into the swing of things at Manchester City and had an unparalleled domestic campaign past year where City racked up 100 points.

Friendships between team-mates can be a key facet when it comes to improving team morale and Goal understands that Emery's high-intensity training sessions have been welcomed by the Arsenal squad this summer.

The Gunners have a shortage of left-backs with both Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac ruled out, meaning highly-rated midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who has done a good job filling in for the others, will be up against Riyad Mahrez or Raheem Sterling. "Now, when I say something to them, they know exactly what we have to do".

However, if Emery can sort out Arsenal's defensive problems then they could be a force to be reckoned with, such is the quality they possess in attacking positions. As he prepared to head back to London the Catalan cited the 2-0 Community Shield victory over Chelsea at Wembley as evidence of the focus with which his players have started the campaign.

Tactically, it would be more of the same for Manchester City - their fluid transitions and quick executions of intricate passing moves are likely to get more precise.

Interviewed by former players Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher the Spaniard said his side would not achieve the 100 point mark again this season but was happy to explain how his side would attempt to win the title again.

City set a host of records - including most points, most wins, most goals and biggest winning margin - as they powered to the Premier League title last term.

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the new Arsenal kit.

City have great depth, though, and the Gunners could be in for a hard afternoon as they try to welcome their new era in with a win on Sunday. This season we don't know.

Left-back Benjamin Mendy could start his first league game since September 2017, when he suffered a cruciate ligament injury against Crystal Palace.

He has returned to training this week but it's unclear as to whether he'll start the match or be among the substitutes. However, with Laurent Koscielny out of action until Christmas, another tried and tested centre-half wouldn't go amiss. Fernandinho, Kevin De Bruyne and a Silva - either David or Bernardo - is a familiar trio for the away side.

'What we have done last season doesn't mean that now we are going to win this'.

Having missed out on the Champions League, Arsenal will play in the Europa league but boy aren't they in safe hands!