Emery Expects Tough Arsenal, City Premier League Debut

Postado Agosto 12, 2018

City will make late checks on Aymeric Laporte and Benjamin Mendy after they picked up knocks during the Community Shield win over Chelsea last weekend but both players are expected to be passed fit.

He admitted: "Even sometimes after being ideal, the others can be better".

'We talked to some of them about how it was, ' revealed Guardiola. Manchester City experienced a mixed bag of a pre-season due to several of their players not being available for selection.

In his first match, Emery will come face to face with Pep Guardiola, one of the most decorated managers in the history of football, and the two will roll back the years to their days in Spain.

No club has retained the title since Manchester United in 2008-09.

It means Ramsey could take his place in central midfield with Emery set to choose between Granit Xhaka, Lucas Torreira, Mohamed Elneny and summer signing Matteo Guendouzi.

"And also together to do a new way, a new process in Arsenal".

Guardiola insists City would be foolish to think they will ease to the title by such a significant margin once again and believes Arsenal will be part of a strong chasing pack over the course of the season.

I fancy Arsenal to make a fast start, but for City to eventually overcome them.

"Of course we accept the challenge to win back-to-back, but what we have to do is to be ourselves".

"That's the basic principle".

The 32-year-old has been a vital player for Manchester City ever since his arrival from Valencia in 2010.

Riyad Mahrez, Raheem Sterling, Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin de Bruyne will contest the other spots. His distribution skills, calmness, and composure while playing out from the back, the ability to organize the defence will be essential to the way Manchester City will play at Emirates against Arsenal.

Sergio Aguero will continue to play in the striker position.

"Raheem and Kevin had three weeks off after the World Cup, which is not too much time (for pre-season) but they both arrived in the flawless way".

"Now he is at Arsenal, one of the best teams in England, and he is a contender to win titles".

The task is cut out for Emery at his new club - to redirect Arsenal towards the path of glory but how he handles the fundamental drawbacks at his new home and formulates a strategy to draw out the best of his players will be defining for Arsenal's fortunes this season.

Ahead of the game, on the Premier League Launch show on Sky Sports, Pep gave a ten minute talk about the tactics that he was planning on using this season and how his side could learn from their success of last season.