Unai Emery makes two shock selections for first Arsenal game

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Guardiola, who successfully retained league titles at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, highlighted the virtues of City's rivals including Jose Mourinho's Manchester United ahead of this afternoon's title defence opener at Arsenal.

Pep Guardiola's team are still the team to beat in the league. I like playing with them. People say now we have to forget what we did last season.

Last season, City were hailed by many as one of the greatest Premier League sides and with good reason after Guardiola's men bulldozed their way to the title and smashed the league's points record.

I will be using half my stake backing Over 3.5 goals before the game starts at around [2.5] and also placing the other half on Over 2.5 goals with a keep bet should it reach [2.0] in running. No way. I don't want to forget that. In this first matchday, fans will be treated to the league's first titanic clash of the year as Arsenal hosts Manchester City from the Emirates. That's the basic principle.

"The important thing is to be there and to be ourselves".

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"Maybe my advice is alright for me but it might not work for him. Now, when I say something to them, they know exactly what we have to do", Guardiola's words were refreshing, the Spaniard once again demonstrating why his unique outlook towards the game plays such a prominent role in him being a serial victor.

Manchester City: Ederson, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Vincent Kompany, Benjamin Mendy, Fernandinho, Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez, Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero. He also has brought in new players but would they have really grasp his philosophy? We start again. That is why it is fascinating, it is a new challenge. He didn't play in Manchester City's win over Chelsea in the Community Shield.

Guardiola admits it's not part of the job he likes. Our live coverage lets you follow all the key moments as they happen. It hurts a lot.

"The [players] show me in two seasons, especially the last one, we can trust them". "We believe we have a good squad". It is for that we are working this week, preparing for this game and preparing for the opposition.

"Even when you are ideal, the other team can be better".

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