Arsenal vs Manchester City, Premier League 18-19


Arsenal have had a relatively uneventful summer in terms of signings, but there is no denying that reinforcements have arrived all across the pitch. "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.

Welbeck's departure would benefit both him and Arsenal; the England forward would get some much-needed game time, and Unai Emery would have some funds freed up to use before tonight's deadline strikes. The likes of Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva are not expected to be up to speed yet but City still looked a class apart without them when they beat Chelsea in the Community Shield last weekend. Hopefully the fierce jostling for position will drive Manchester City players to improve and develop each other, which can only be seen as a good thing.

"I don't want to forget what we have done last season".

Arsenal v City: Team news: Pep Guardiola confirmed Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling are available for selection for Sunday's Premier League opener against Arsenal.

"When we were in Spain each match against Barcelona with Valencia is very exciting and very demanding for me also to prepare this match". "Every season we are the favourites".

Arsenal appointed Unai Emery as the new gunners boss in May and so the manager has been with the players for just three months, the director of high performance at the Emirates Stadium Darren Burgess has opened up on how the training sessions under the new manager have changed. Ramsey, Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira is surely the first-choice trio for the season but the Welshman's injury could open the door for Matteo Guendouzi to start after an impressive preseason.

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So, when you repeat 1,000 times that my relationship with my players is not good, it's a lie that repeated 1,000 times is still a lie.

He has returned to training this week but it's unclear as to whether he'll start the match or be among the substitutes.

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

Considering a 4-2-3-1 formation, Emery is set to go with a central defensive partnership of Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Shkodran Mustafi.

If City do win the title yet again, they will be the first English side to defend the league title since 2009, when their cross-city rivals won the title back-to-back under Sir Alex Ferguson.

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