Published: Sun, August 12, 2018

Emery can mount title challenge with Arsenal - Pep

Emery can mount title challenge with Arsenal - Pep

"His experience here at Arsenal and the Premier League is very important and will give us all the information and performances in his quality".

"They show me in two seasons, especially the last one, we can trust them", Guardiola said.

The former PSG manager is known to get the best out of budgetary constraints having guided Sevilla to multiple European honours despite very little spending.

Emery has failed to beat a Guardiola side in 10 attempts as a manager, drawing four and losing six in Spain, but insists his side can overcome the champions on his Premier League debut. The German should be flanked by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the left and Henrikh Mkhitaryan on the right. 'After two years with Guardiola, they have more stability.

Although Emery might set his team up in a 4-2-3-1, we might see them switch toa 4-4-2 off the ball to counter City. Forget the World Cup and everything else, it's a new challenge.

However, this could be a good time to play them.

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.

The new Gunners boss begins life in the Premier League with a clash against the Citizens at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon.

The German global will likely start for the gunners in the defensive area.

Other absentees include Laurent Koscielny who is still nursing a long-term Achilles injury whilst Danny Welbeck is unlikely to be in the squad due to a lack of match fitness.

Guardiola insists City would be foolish to think it 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.

Another starter who might not make the XI is Aaron Ramsey who suffered a calf injury in pre-season. Lucas Torreira moved to Arsenal from Sampdoria in a 26.4 m deal and will be entrusted with the role of marking David Silva.

Manchester City make three changes from the Community Shield, with Ederson, Raheem Sterling and Ilkay Gundogan coming in.

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