Man City boss Guardiola raps media: More to Premier League than Liverpool!

Heather Diaz
August 12, 2018

It's an incredibly hard start for Unai Emery as the Gunners new chapter starts against a team tipped for more superiority after their exploits last season.

Their opponents for Sunday, Manchester City, splurged only on Riyad Mahrez - an able option to back-up the tactically intelligent, yet much-maligned Raheem Sterling but Pep Guardiola already has a system in place with nearly the entirety of his squad well-versed in his preferred style of play.

However, this could be a good time to play them. After years of Arsenal largely playing the same way regardless of the opposition, Emery's approach at the Emirates will be somewhat more reactive.

"However, last weekend" s 2-0 victory against Chelsea certainly shows that Pep Guardiola" s men will be ready for the challenge against Arsenal and will try to replicate their title-winning form.

Tactically, it would be more of the same for Manchester City - their fluid transitions and quick executions of intricate passing moves are likely to get more precise. It's about the mix, when you have a defensive or attacking moment, and I want every player to improve in this way.

Midfielders Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling are back in contention for Manchester City's Premier League opener at Arsenal.

Gunners defender Hector Bellerin has been speaking about what the new boss could bring, telling Arsenal.com: "We've seen he wants us to be a team that, first of all, don't concede goals".

'Or Manchester United. People how ask how they will do, but I know a little bit about their manager and how good they will handle that.

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

Left-back Benjamin Mendy could start his first league game since September 2017, when he suffered a cruciate ligament injury against Crystal Palace. But, owing to match fitness and sharpness, Maitland-Niles could well start.

Ramsey and Monreal had been injury doubts due to calf and knee injuries respectively.

Arsenal are also without long-term casualty Laurent Koscielny, while England global Danny Welbeck also misses out.

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

Ederson had an fantastic season a year ago for Manchester City and the Brazilian and the City management will be hoping that the same will continue. Fernandinho, Kevin De Bruyne and a Silva - either David or Bernardo - is a familiar trio for the away side.

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

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