Expected Arsenal Lineup To Face Manchester City


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For so long some Gunners players have been regarded as snowflakes, shining during good times and melting under pressure.

So it proved. City were excellent for large portions of the game, carving open their hosts early on and then dictating play with the protection of a lead from that point on.

All 14 of Aguero's previous meetings with Arsenal have come during his time with Manchester City, including 11 in the Premier League which have yielded mixed results of four wins, four draws and three defeats.

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. They chased, pressed, turned over possession in a manner which had become alien to the Emirates when those back-to-back 3-0 defeats to City last season sounded the death knell for Wenger. It included two Premier League fixtures and a League Cup final. "Confidence in our work, confidence in himself", Emery said.

Arsenal, however, got off to a poor start as they fell behind through Raheem Sterling's strike after just 14 minutes.

Unlike Arsenal, Guardiola's team are a force all over the pitch.

There were some sloppy moments from Benjamin Mendy in this game.

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That coupled with their exceptional midfield and options in forward areas mean they'll be favourites again this season. The £60m signing from Leicester had 48 touches of the ball in the first half and tested Petr Cech with a low free-kick too but it was not a completely convincing performance from him on his Premier League debut for City.

Koscielny usually wore the armband last season as well, as club captain Per Mertesacker rarely played.

However, it is unlikely that David Silva will take part as the Spaniard missed the Community Shield win over Chelsea and is a doubt for Sunday's game.

"(We will be) helping with his quality and also getting better with his quality and his data in this year.

Another starter who might not make the XI is Aaron Ramsey who suffered a calf injury in pre-season. I believe in myself, in these players and in the club.

He has returned to training this week but it's unclear as to whether he'll start the match or be among the substitutes.

The former PSG boss threw Matteo Guendouzi straight into the starting XI while Ainsley Maitland-Niles was given the nod to fill the void at left-back. Bosnian Sead Kolasinac is out for two months with a knee injury and Nacho Monreal isn't yet match fit.

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