Arsenal vs Man City: Why David Silva is not playing vs Arsenal

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Bernardo Silva has earned huge praise from Guardiola in pre-season and is expected to play a key role for City.

It was the first time since 1996 that Arsenal has opened a season without Wenger in charge. The two had met on 10 previous occasions with Guardiola never losing a game against Emery.

Arsenal need more from their star man, especially with potent finishers Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette needing quality supply.

In this first matchday, fans will be treated to the league's first titanic clash of the year as Arsenal hosts Manchester City from the Emirates.

Whereas last season Guardiola used advanced wingers stretching the play and going in behind, often with more conservative full-backs, here his approach was different.

Swiss veteran Stephan Lichtsteiner and Greek worldwide Sokratis Papastathopoulos were signed from Juventus and Borussia Dortmund respectively to bolster a creaky defence.

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Favouring a 4-2-3-1 formation, Emery is likely to field new arrival Lucas Torreira at the base of his midfield with Granit Xhaka providing the necessary steel.

Emery replaced the long-serving Arsene Wenger at the Emirates Stadium over the summer and has immediately put his mark on the squad by overseeing five signings.

Pep Guardiola does not have too much of a worry with many players participating in the World Cup. 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.

"We will have bad moments and we will have to work to overcome them because in the end the players react to what the club is, what the manager and the staff are".

Guardiola's teams are known to evolve into a deadly combination of adroitness and application over prolonged periods of time and it will be intriguing to watch how Manchester City tackle opponents who have specific plans to counter their approach.

The Argentine came up against the Gunners on three occasions last season and directly contributed to a goal in each of those, registering one assist and scoring twice himself - including once in the EFL Cup final.

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