Emery in spotlight as Arsenal begin new life

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From the moment the 2018-19 Premier League fixture list was released in June, it was clear Arsenal would be starting their campaign with a thoroughly hard test.

With Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac expected to miss the visit of champions City to Emirates Stadium on Sunday, Welbeck has been trialled as a full-back during training. It means Ainsley Maitland-Niles could be primed for a start in a position he is somewhat familiar with from last season.

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

Bernardo Silva has earned huge praise from Guardiola in pre-season and is expected to play a key role for City. "We are satisfied for many, many reasons", Guardiola told Sky Sports.

While the rest of the league attempted to reload in order to give the Citizens a run for their money, Manchester City splashed plenty of cash of its own, signing winger Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City for a club-record $76.6 million. Thus, he is definitely a huge threat for the Manchester City defence, likely to be led by English worldwide John Stones.

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The Serbian is hoping to continue building on his impressive Wimbledon win last month - the 13th Grand Slam title of his career. Now I'm playing the Rogers Cup , so I haven't really thought of doing anything for my birthday except playing a match".

Koscielny, now out with an ankle injury, captained the side in place of Per Mertesacker last season. He didn't play in Manchester City's win over Chelsea in the Community Shield.

Just a month after the World Cup ended in Russian Federation, it's back to domestic action as two of England's heavyweights meet at the Emirates on Sunday with Arsenal welcoming Manchester City to North London.

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.

There was much debate prior to today on who will be the centre back pairing with Pep Guardiola confirming a more youthful option of John Stones and Aymeric Laporte over captain Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi.

The former Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain manager handed starts to two of his summer arrivals as Sokratis Papastathopoulos lined up alongside Shkodran Mustafi at the heart of the defence while Matteo Guendouzi was given his Premier League bow in midfield.

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