Manchester City Boss Pep Guardiola Gives Tactical Masterclass Ahead Of Arsenal Game

Sterling is available for selection for City’s Premier League opener against Arsenal this weekend. — Reuters pic

De Bruyne, Sterling available for Man City's trip to Arsenal

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"Now, when I say something to the players, they know exactly what we have to do".

The Gunners appointed Emery early in the summer so he had ample time to prepare, but he was not the Arsenal board's first choice and their primary target, Mikel Arteta, will take his seat on the visitors' bench on Sunday.

"However, last weekend" s 2-0 victory against Chelsea certainly shows that Pep Guardiola" s men will be ready for the challenge against Arsenal and will try to replicate their title-winning form. Hopefully the fierce jostling for position will drive Manchester City players to improve and develop each other, which can only be seen as a good thing. No way. I don't want to forget what we have done last season.

Like Arsenal, Manchester City have a few injuries at the start of the Premier League season.

Arsenal's pursuit of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang took up most of the January transfer window, with head of recruitment Sven Mislintat taking the Gunners' delegation to Dortmund, where he led negotiations with the club he had departed only two months previously. This season we don't know. The representation for every player and in every time in the season the capacity to do that.

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City have great depth, though, and the Gunners could be in for a hard afternoon as they try to welcome their new era in with a win on Sunday. He was due to play against Chelsea in the club's penultimate pre-season friendly match but was injured in the warm-up.

Aaron Ramsey is an injury doubt but could start, and against such a creative opposition Emery may push Granit Xhaka into a slightly more advanced role to the left of a 4-3-3. The major issue is at left-back, where Sead Kolasinac is definitely out and Nacho Monreal is considered doubtful, which may mean Ainsley Maitland-Niles starting.

With Laurent Koscielny out for the foreseeable future, Sokratis Papastathopoulos is likely to make his Arsenal debut alongside Shkodran Mustafi at the heart of the defence.

In a competitive squad, where Pep Guardiola has a plethora of options in attack, Bernardo Silva would do very well to fend off teammates Raheem Sterling and David Silva for consistency in the team.

Arsenal have won just two of their last 12 encounters with Man City in all competitions.

Having missed out on the Champions League, Arsenal will play in the Europa league but boy aren't they in safe hands!

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