Arsenal Manager: Pep Is Better Me

Jose Mourinho

It's one step at a time for Pep Guardiola (Adam Davy/PA).

"Emery has had longer with his team than anyone else - they've largely all been together for the whole of pre-season - and they could potentially cause an upset against City on day one".

The report also mentions that Arsenal are believed to be discussing a new contract with Ramsey, although this has not been officially confirmed as of yet. A title challenge is very unlikely, but a top-four place isn't out of the equation.

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

The City manager has rejected the notion that his stars, who won the league title by a record 19 points three months ago, should forget about that glorious campaign and focus only on the months ahead.

Emery can only hope that having risen this season in the skies above north London again it belatedly provokes that sea-change Arsenal desperately need.

Arsenal have had a relatively uneventful summer in terms of signings, but there is no denying that reinforcements have arrived all across the pitch.

Stones and Laporte are two centre-halves committed to bringing the ball out of defence and looking to play passes between the lines, and behind them they have a goalkeeper who could easily play outfield if necessary. Mauricio Pochettino's men have finished above them for the past two seasons.

Sergio Aguero is already among the goals whilst Leroy Sane is fresh after surprisingly not being included in Germany's World Cup squad. I like playing with them.

City's strength in depth was illustrated when Mahrez made way for Kevin de Bruyne just before the hour mark.

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.

In fairness to Emery - his players at least showed him enthusiasm right to final whistle and that speaks volumes for their long-term resilience.

Emery has clearly placed a big emphasis upon playing out from defence, but goalkeeper Petr Cech - slightly surprisingly preferred over newcomer Bernd Leno - looked consistently nervous at goal kicks, at one point hopelessly scuffing a simple pass backwards, nearly into his own net. The Welsh midfielder is expected to return to the side after he resumed training but may not be 100% fit to play 90 minutes.



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