Expected Arsenal Lineup To Face Manchester City

Earned a booking on his Arsenal debut for a foul on Aguero just outside the penalty area and looked slow up against the pace of City.

He'll be among the players Arsenal will have to keep a close eye on if they're to stand any chance of getting a result.

Centre-back Laurent Koscielny will miss the fixture as well.

For Emery, the first question on his mind is whether he picks Petr Cech in goal or Bernd Leno. "We are satisfied for many, many reasons", Guardiola told Sky Sports.

Arsenal: Cech 6, Bellerin 6, Sokratis 6, Mustafi 6, Maitland-Niles N/A, Guendouzi 5, Xhaka 6, Mkhitaryan 5, Ramsey 5, Ozil 5, Aubameyang 6.

The Argentine global is expected to be given the nod ahead of Gabriel Jesus but it will be interesting to see how the quick-footed striker manages to evade the robust Sokratis in the Arsenal backline. In recent years, Arsenal fans have seen it time and time again.

It might be a while before the Emery revolution bears fruit, but his attention to detail and desire for a high-tempo pressing game should make Arsenal a tougher unit than Wenger's skillful but spineless group. It was like turning the tide with a sea defence made of ice cream.

Victory ensured that Guardiola continues to have the Indian sign over his opposite number, with Sunday's win his seventh in 11 matches against his fellow Spaniard Emery.

"We will have bad moments and we will have to work to overcome them because in the end the players react to what the club is, what the manager and the staff are". It's City's most technical combination, lacking the power of Vincent Kompany or the aggression of Nicolas Otamendi, but enabling them even better ball control, and allowing them to play a calmer and more intelligent style of defending.

However, if Emery can sort out Arsenal's defensive problems then they could be a force to be reckoned with, such is the quality they possess in attacking positions.

Certainly Arsenal are in trouble if it turns out this is not the low-tide mark.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a late goal ruled out for offside that summed up the Gabonese striker's afternoon.

Manchester City make three changes from the Community Shield, with Ederson, Raheem Sterling and Ilkay Gundogan coming in.

  • Salvatore Jensen