Emery Expects Tough Arsenal, City Premier League Debut

12 August, 2018, 13:25 | Author: Suzanne Horton
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Arsenal's Premier League opener against champions Manchester City on Sunday will provide an early look at how Emery is faring in cleaning up the mess left by Wenger at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal has fallen so far behind their top-four rivals that, at present, it is unthinkable Emery could ever match his predecessor's haul of three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups. He was due to play against Chelsea in the club's penultimate pre-season friendly match but was injured in the warm-up.

Past year the Gunners beat Leicester City 4-3, while in 2016 they lost by the same score to Liverpool... and now it's another opener that promises goals.

Emery faced Pep Guardiola regularly when they were in charge of Valencia and Barcelona respectively.

They're close to securing a place in the Europa League this season if they can get past Istanbul Basaksehir on Thursday.

"For me, that is the best message I can give the supporters". The important thing is to be ourselves.

On the season ahead, he added: "We are excited".

"That's the basic principle". I like to work with these guys, I enjoy it. Now when I say something they know exactly what I want to do.


I will be using half my stake backing Over 3.5 goals before the game starts at around [2.5] and also placing the other half on Over 2.5 goals with a keep bet should it reach [2.0] in running.

In addition to the title, City also won the Carabao Cup and they have already shown signs of maintaining the momentum by winning the Community Shield in comfortable fashion.

Guardiola's side might become more technical at the back this season, with Aymeric Laporte and John Stones seemingly his first-choice combination, with the more rugged Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi back-ups.

"He makes it hard for teams to play against them".

Liverpool are one of the favourites to win the Premier League this season after making some good signings in the summer transfer window.

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.

Guardiola has no doubt Arsenal, who are at the start of a new era under Unai Emery, can prove to be one of the challengers. We need four at the top level.

Pep, on the other hand, will be expected to deliver the coveted UCL title to the blue side of Manchester, having signed Riyadh Mahrez from Leicester. He said: "We can do our job, yes, but maybe Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea can do their job better and win".

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