Unai Emery makes two shock selections for first Arsenal game


It was a baptism of fire for new Arsenal manager Unai Emery, who was left in no uncertain terms about the gulf in quality between his resources and those Guardiola is able to call on.

As his spell in La Liga proved, Emery is not only exceptional in developing young, unpolished talents to produce sublime performances, but he also has the uncanny ability of procuring results in unfavourable situations, especially in matches where his team is deemed as "the underdog".

Arsenal go into a Premier League season without Arsene Wenger for the first time since 1996.

Arsenal played City three times last season and lost all games with a 9-1 aggregate scoreline. A title challenge is very unlikely, but a top-four place isn't out of the equation. People say now we have to forget what we did last season.

The Spaniard did return to full training a few days ago, but could be shot of fitness for the City game.

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It depends on the characteristics of the Premier League and my players. The situation until now has been very hard . We have to move the ball faster.

Emery has had plenty of work to be getting on with.

Arsenal, however, got off to a poor start as they fell behind through Raheem Sterling's strike after just 14 minutes.

That coupled with their exceptional midfield and options in forward areas mean they'll be favourites again this season.

Pep Guardiola insists his Manchester City players should remember their all-conquering form of last season when their title defence kicks off with a testing visit to Arsenal on Sunday.

"Or Manchester United. People ask how will they do, but I know a little bit about the manager and in that situation how good they handle that". "But we want to play with the idea to create a winning mentality".

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The biggest concern for the Arsenal boss was Aaron Ramsey's involvement in the game, owing to the Welshman's recent absence due to a calf injury. But.

Although English clubs can't buy new players now that their summer window has closed, they can sell. Bosnian Sead Kolasinac is out for two months with a knee injury and Nacho Monreal isn't yet match fit. He was brilliant for BVB in Germany and with him the absence of Laurent Koscielny, who is a long-term absentee with an Achilles trouble.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos is an upgrade on the team's previous defenders but Shkodran Mustafi remains a concern.

Manchester City: Ederson 6, Walker 6, Stones 7, Laporte 7, Mendy 6, Silva 8, Fernandinho 7, Gundogan 7, Mahrez 7, Aguero 7, Sterling 8.

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