Arsenal Vs Manchester City: 3 Key Battles To Watch Out For

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The German should be flanked by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the left and Henrikh Mkhitaryan on the right.

The 29-year-old, who signed for the Gunners from Borussia Dortmund at the end of the January transfer window for a club record £56 million, will be well-rested as the top flight gets underway in North London, after his worldwide side Gabon did not qualify for the World Cup.

Guardiola takes his team to Arsenal for Sunday's late game, as City set out in defence of the title they won with a 19-point margin over second-placed Manchester United.

Arsenal start their post-Wenger period with a serious test at home to the Premier League champions, so the Gunners must be up to speed with Unai Emery's tactical approach very quickly.

"Maybe my advice is alright for me but it might not work for him". Emery has commented recently that he wants his team to play like City, and he will demand intensity and pressing that was often lacking from his predecessor's teams.

"We have different styles, but I think they're styles that complement each other - he's a very good player and a very kind person", he said.

Belgium playmaker De Bruyne and England forward Sterling played an influential role in Manchester City's title triumph last season.

Emery has a number of new faces to potentially hand debuts too, but who will he go with from the start against City? "People spoke to me when I arrived saying it's like this or like that, but I discovered many things during the process, watching what happens'".

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Guardiola does recognise, however, that City do come into the new campaign from a good starting point following last season's successes.

Guardiola was pleased to confirm a major double injury boost with the news that Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne are both available for selection this weekend. The Welshman has returned to training.

Take a look at the line up here.

He writes: "The Premier League is under way and in the spirit of all columnists, I feel it is high time to make some predictions. They just have so much quality".

"He is a different player, he loves the space and I'm a player who loves to get the ball to my feet", said Lacazette.

The Croatian World Cup hero would be a welcomed addition to the lacklustre Arsenal backline, a problem which Emery has highlighted as his side's biggest weakness over the summer transfer window. "I see it as being his year".

Regarded as a football savant cut from the same cloth as the obsessive Wenger, Emery has impressed Arsenal's players with his detailed video analysis, spending up to 12 hours ahead of each game working on footage for his squad.

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