Sunday, 21 October, 2018

The Big Match Tactical View: Arsenal v Manchester City

Sterling is available for selection for City’s Premier League opener against Arsenal this weekend. — Reuters pic De Bruyne, Sterling available for Man City's trip to Arsenal
Cassandra Castillo | 12 August, 2018, 13:29

Arsenal and Manchester City will meet on Sunday in the Premier League's marquee match of week 1.

Arsenal has fallen so far behind their top-four rivals that, at present, it is unthinkable Emery could ever match his predecessor's haul of three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups.

"I am 46, he is 47 and he started his career as a player, bigger than me", Emery was quoted as saying by Sky Sports News.

Maitland-Niles isn't a natural left-back, although was deployed there on various occasions last season, and his right-footedness might help if Guardiola deploys Riyad Mahrez on the right flank, as the Algerian is always attempting to drift inside onto his left. "Of course they deserved to play, of course", Guardiola stressed.

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

"It's not comfortable, but if you want to compete in four competitions we can not compete with just two good central defenders". The important thing is to be ourselves.

Manager Pep Guardiola will have Benjamin Mendy available for selection after the full-back missed a large portion of last season with an injury.

"That's the basic principle". I've said many time that I'm not a special guy but I am so good at working, working, working, and they have to work too'. Are you telling me they didn't deserve to play? We start again. That is why it is fascinating, it is a new challenge.

Since joining the club earlier this year the striker has scored 10 goals in just 13 league games.

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City impressed in last weekend's 2-0 Community Shield victory against Chelsea and could welcome back Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling from that group after they were given extra time off following Russian Federation.

Guardiola's side might become more technical at the back this season, with Aymeric Laporte and John Stones seemingly his first-choice combination, with the more rugged Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi back-ups.

During the season we will have really bad moments - it is impossible to have the ideal season all the time - but when you win one title you can win another one.

Arsenal manager Unai Emery launches the post-Wenger era on Sunday.

Although the competition hardly carries the weight of other trophies, it was an emphatic statement from City that they are ready to continue where they left off last season.

This might worry Arsenal fans who are optimistic after the exit of Wenger but if the mettle they have shown during their preseason matches is anything to go by, then his first match on English soil against Pep promises to be a cracker.

Despite that, City are firm favourites to retain their title.

"We can do our job, yes, but maybe Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea can do their job better and win", he said.

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