Arsenal v Man. City: Emery sets sight on Pep's squad


The match is scheduled to get underway at 17h00. Sokratis, Lucas Torreira, Stephan Lichtsteiner and Bernd Leno were all signed as well as the young prodigy, Matteo Guendouzi.

Manchester City, have not made significant changes to their side with the transfer window, with Guardiola making only one addition in Riyad Mahrez in a club record £60 million deal from Leicester City. "It's not winning back to back, it's to be ourselves", Guardiola said in his pre-match press conference.

"My main thing is to start the Premier League, the cup, the Europa League and then my objective is to improve each player with their qualities and our work with them".

Aaron Ramsey, playing at the top of the midfield trio, had some bright moments in the early stages but struggled to get on the ball after City's dominance had become established. The major issue is at left-back, where Sead Kolasinac is definitely out and Nacho Monreal is considered doubtful, which may mean Ainsley Maitland-Niles starting.

"Because of what we did last season now we are going to win?"

Unai Emery couldn't have asked for a tougher start to his Arsenal career.

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After finishing outside of the Champions League places for consecutive seasons, the pressure is on Arsenal and Emery this season, but in Aubameyang he has a striker capable of terrorising even the most organised of defences.

Pep Guardiola does not have too much of a worry with many players participating in the World Cup.

Midfielders Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling are back in contention for City. Benjamin Mendy, a World Cup victor with France will look to keep injuries away as he looks to get a string of games under his belt. More often than not, Manchester City happily played around the pressure.

New Arsenal boss Unai Emery " He has enough experience to know exactly what [it takes].

Cech is expected to be handed the armband tomorrow when Manchester City visit the Emirates for the first Arsenal game in 22 years not managed by Arsene Wenger.

Despite last season's stunning achievements, Guardiola was his usual guarded self when talking about City's prospects for the year ahead, believing as many as five other teams could prevent him from becoming the first manager in a decade to retain the title.