Emery Expects Tough Arsenal, City Premier League Debut

Aubrey Yates
August 12, 2018

Arsenal host Manchester City at the Emirates tomorrow (Sunday).

Guardiola opted to start Laporte and Stones for the 2-0 Community Shield win over Chelsea last weekend but says players who are left out over the course of the season must put all their effort into being ready for the next match.

Rather than ask his players to eradicate that glory from their minds, as Bill Shankly and Sir Alex Ferguson might have done in order to start again, Guardiola is demanding they remember what made them such sparkling winners.

The Frenchman left the club after 22 years of service earlier in the year, and with his replacement, the Gunners are aiming to bring back the good times.

Arsenal are an unknown quantity going into the new campaign, something which should excite and also intrigue fans.

Arsenal finished sixth last season as they completed their campaign in dismal fashion. The Welshman has returned to training.

Emery has European pedigree in that competition though and that could remain their best chance of getting back into the Champions League. Are you telling me they didn't deserve to play?

Benjamin Mendy's return date is not yet known as he builds up his match fitness. Moreover, the club-record signing of Riyad Mahrez for £60m now gives the manager even more options to choose from and further increases the gap between themselves and the fighting pack for the title. As well, Danny Welbeck has come in this week but on Sunday it will be early to start playing him.

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Man city is nearly the ideal squad with a mix of experience (Silva, Kompany, Fernandinho) and youngsters such as Gabriel Jesus and lightning-quick Leroy Sane, not to forget the lethal duo of Kevin De Bruyne and Kun Aguero.

Guardiola said: "The target is to win on Sunday and then, after that, (against) Huddersfield and then Wolves".

Midfielder Aaron Ramsey is a doubt for the fixture. I know exactly what we did to achieve that, and that is where we start from.

Defenders Sead Kolasinac and Laurent Koscielny are long-term absentees with respective knee and Achilles injuries.

Bernd Leno is expected to be preferred in goal to Petr Cech, with Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis the centre-back pairing.

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He adds: "I see Kevin de Bruyne smashing it in terms of the PFA player of the year".

Regarded as a football savant cut from the same cloth as the obsessive Wenger, Emery has impressed Arsenal's players with his detailed video analysis, spending up to 12 hours ahead of each game working on footage for his squad.

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