Arsenal v Man. City: Emery sets sight on Pep's squad


Despite last season's stunning achievements, Guardiola was his usual guarded self when talking about City's prospects for the year ahead, believing as many as five other teams could prevent him from becoming the first manager in a decade to retain the title. It is a Super Sunday clash that will see the defending champions travel to the Emirates Stadium.

This could be a rude welcome to Unai Emery's first match in charge Arsenal.

Emery does not have a good record against Pep Guardiola, having registered six losses and four draws against the Spaniard.

Arsenal will step out under new a manager for the first time since 1996.

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While Sokratis will be the tasked with the responsibility of stopping Sergio Aguero, the onus will be on John Stones to deal with the sheer pace of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. He was in France, he was with many teams in Spain, so he has a lot of experience.

"He is a smart, intelligent, well-prepared manager, so he will know exactly what to do".

Arsenal played City three times last season and lost all games with a 9-1 aggregate scoreline. His career as a coach is bigger than me.

Manchester City sent a remarkable 16 players to the World Cup in Russian Federation this summer, seven of whom made it to the semi-finals or beyond, meaning the U.S. tour, usually a chance to build fitness and tactical awareness among the first team players, saw us operate with a largely young and inexperienced side.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles came on for Kolasinac after he was hurt in Arsenal's 1-1 draw with Chelsea on August 1 and Emery said following the match he would not rule out using the 20-year-old against City. The full-back suffered an injury in the team's preseason match against Chelsea.

Konstantinos Mavropanos and Rob Holding make up the reserve centre backs while Laurent Koscielny is still on the road to recovery from his Achilles injury.

Bernd Leno joined from Bayer Leverkusen to offer an alternative to ageing goalkeeper Petr Cech, while Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi have been bought to add energy and steel in midfield.