Arsenal and Manchester City will meet on Sunday in the Premier League’s marquee match of week 1.
While in attack, he could start Alexandre Lacazette up front with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan on the left and right side respectively.
The Armenian global will likely get a start today as Unai Emery will need his players to feed Aubameyang crosses in the match. Emery takes over as the Gunner’s manager from Arsene Wenger, who was in charge for over two decades.
“Forget how much Liverpool have spent because they may have spent a lot, but last season they were a good team as well”.
“I am 46, he is 47 and he started his career as a player, bigger than me”, he said at his pre-match presser.
After years of Arsenal largely playing the same way regardless of the opposition, Emery’s approach at the Emirates will be somewhat more reactive. Now when I say something they know exactly what I want to do.
Where is the Arsenal vs Manchester City, Premier League fixture being played? Arsenal have an injury concern in the fullback position with Nacho Monreal, Sead Kolasinac and Laurent Koscielny all out and Unai Emry might have to turn to Danny Welbeck to fill the void left by the trio. The full-back suffered an injury in the team’s preseason match against Chelsea. It’s just about returning to the top four – to qualify for the Champions League – after slumping to sixth in Wenger’s final campaign.
It was a memorable campaign but City boss Guardiola is well aware that rival teams and managers will be determined to improve and cut them down.
Playmaker Kevin de Bruyne and striker Gabriel Jesus were also on the bench following their World Cup exploits with Belgium and Brazil respectively, an ominous warning to the rest of the division of the depth of superstars vying for a place in City’s record-breaking squad.
Emery now has a clear sense of the task he faces, throwing his arms in the air in frustration as the goals were conceded.
The Gunners have also brought in Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno in a £20m deal. Emery tends to shift between 4-3-3 and 4-2-3-1, but probably needs three solid midfielders against this City side. Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan are expected to complete the midfield trifecta ahead of Fernandinho with Leroy Sane and Riyad Mahrez on either flank.