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

12 Août 2018

The major issue is at left-back, where Sead Kolasinac is definitely out and Nacho Monreal is considered doubtful, which may mean Ainsley Maitland-Niles starting.

For Emery, the first question on his mind is whether he picks Petr Cech in goal or Bernd Leno.

The 32-year-old played a key part of City's Premier League title success under Pep Guardiola last season. His commitment to Arsenal is most important'. "There was a gap last season but this season I don't know".

While Sokratis will be the tasked with the responsibility of stopping Sergio Aguero, the onus will be on John Stones to deal with the sheer pace of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Look at how much Kevin (de Bruyne) or (David) Silva ran last season.

Aaron Ramsey is an injury doubt but could start, and against such a creative opposition Emery may push Granit Xhaka into a slightly more advanced role to the left of a 4-3-3.

Emery's side look short of wingers, although Joel Campbell could be a surprise player to feature despite being linked with a move away from north London throughout the summer.

Guardiola has said losing is his greatest fear and says his players must be motivated by how they got over the line in spectacular fashion last season. Aaron Ramsey and Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be the creative outlets alongside Mesut Ozil who has a point to prove of his own, after the debacle that this summer was for the former German worldwide. Emery's obsession with tactical systems bodes well for the Gunners who have always seemed lost at the first hint of resistance on pitch.

The Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester City will be broadcast live on NBCSN.

Manchester city will seek to start their journey on winning note.

With the way that City attacked last season, this could turn into a disaster for Unai Emery, who is taking charge of his first competitive game since taking over from legendary Arsenal gaffer, Arsene Wenger. It would be suicide for him to open up and take the game to the champions. City won 2-0, a scoreline that flattered the FA Cup winners, with Guardiola's side far superior in every department. 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.

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