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Don't forget we're the best, Guardiola tells City stars

Don't forget we're the best, Guardiola tells City stars

Who will come out on top in the battle of the managers Unai Emery or Josep Guardiola?

With sweeping changes to both coaching and playing staff at the Emirates this summer, it's hard to know exactly what to expect from Arsenal.

Initially Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva were the tipped partnership in the centre of midfield, however a prolonged rest for both players means the Portugal global should enter the fray for the Sky Blues' season opener.

The right back wasn't at his best last season and the Arsenal supporters hope that Stephan Lichtsteiner replaces him from the starting eleven but we don't expect Unai Emery to start the veteran right back in such an important match like this. Emery tends to shift between 4-3-3 and 4-2-3-1, but probably needs three solid midfielders against this City side.




"Emery has had longer with his team than anyone else - they've largely all been together for the whole of pre-season - and they could potentially cause an upset against City on day one". Mesut Ozil now has the No.10 shirt and will look to deliver his best season as a Gunner, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi making up the exciting options behind the forward players. Sergio Aguero hit the ground running with a brace in the Community Shield win and will lead the line against Arsenal. And here in England there are many.

Arsenal are likely to press in the early stages, if Emery's approach against Guardiola in the past is anything to go by.

I know exactly what we did to achieve that and we start from there. They won just once on the road in the league after the turn of the year and they were knocked out of the Europa League in the semi-finals.

City set a host of records - including most points, most wins, most goals and biggest winning margin - as they powered to the Premier League title last term. 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. That said though this is still a tricky opener for the Champions.


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