Unai Emery faces huge Mesut Ozil challenge claims Alan Smith

Joann Johnston
August 12, 2018

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"But then we will see on Sunday on the pitch how the team responds against Manchester City".

"Emery has had longer with his team than anyone else - they've largely all been together for the whole of pre-season - and they could potentially cause an upset against City on day one".

The former PSG manager is known to get the best out of budgetary constraints having guided Sevilla to multiple European honours despite very little spending.

Arsenal finished sixth last season as they completed their campaign in dismal fashion.

Unai Emery faces one of the biggest tasks of his managerial career in attempting to revive Mesut Ozil's career, according to Arsenal legend Alan Smith. The new Arsenal boss, asked if Arsene Wenger had been in touch, responded by saying his way would be the new way at the club.

But with some players struggling for fitness following their World Cup exertions, Arsenal could catch them cold.

Ozil, who signed a new lucrative contract in February, retired from worldwide football after a disappointing World Cup campaign with Germany.

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We hit the bar twice - once when we were 1-0 down after conceding a very unlucky goal from a deflection. We have to move the ball faster. "We did it better in the second half, there was more space and time".

"I have said many times I am not a special guy but I am so good at working, working, working a lot and they have to work too".

We can do our job the same as last season but maybe Liverpool or United, Arsenal, Chelsea or Tottenham can do much better and they win.

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.

Guardiola insists City would be foolish to think it will ease to the title by such a significant margin once again and believes Arsenal will be part of a strong chasing pack over the course of the season.

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

City begin their title defence with a trip to Arsenal, with the Catalan insisting his only focus is on securing three points.

City have added to their attacking force by bringing in Mahrez, and Guardiola has revealed that both Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling are both fit to play despite missing the Community Shield win.

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