Arsenal vs Manchester City

12 August, 2018, 20:58 | Author: Dominic Spencer
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Bosnian Sead Kolasinac is out for two months with a knee injury and Nacho Monreal isn't yet match fit.

The Arsenal vs Manchester City, Premier League match kicks-off at 8:30 PM IST on August 12, Sunday. Playmaker David Silva could also feature after sitting out at Wembley and goalkeeper Ederson will return.

Instead, Guardiola has opted to start Bernardo Silva in central midfield, while Riyad Mahrez makes his debut for City on the right flank.

So it proved. For all the undeniable optimism around the Emirates before kickoff, the first 45 minutes demonstrated that Arsenal have plenty of room for improvement under new boss Emery.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles is likely to start at left-back against Manchester City.

Arsenal finished sixth last season as they completed their campaign in dismal fashion.

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.


The champions also showed signs they are motivated to successfully defend their league crown with that comprehensive 2-0 win over Chelsea in the Community Shield.

Manager Pep Guardiola will have Benjamin Mendy available for selection after the full-back missed a large portion of last season with an injury. Emery has faced a Guardiola side 10 times and never won.

"Forget how much Liverpool have spent because they may have spent a lot, but last season they were a good team as well".

There is no rest for the tired in England's Premier League as the 2018-19 season is underway. It included two Premier League fixtures and a League Cup final.

Arsenal's defensive signings will give their forward players more freedom and Aubameyang is one to exploit this and torment the opposition.

A summer of transition had taken centre stage at Emirates Stadium this summer with Arsene Wenger leaving after 22 years at the helm.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles came on for Kolasinac after he was hurt in Arsenal's 1-1 draw with Chelsea on August 1 and Emery said following the match he would not rule out using the 20-year-old against City.

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