Arsenal Vs Manchester City: 3 Key Battles To Watch Out For

Kevin de Bruyne did not feature for Manchester City in pre-season friendlies

Kevin de Bruyne did not feature for Manchester City in pre-season friendlies

"We are working very hard in time for Sunday to show our capacity and our mentality and I want to win this match because it is important for us and the players to take confidence", he said.

Pep Guardiola's team are fancied once more, and who'd put it past them to be lifting the title again in May.

Instead, he has told his players to use their form of a year ago - in which they also set records for most points, wins and goals in the Premier League era - to launch another championship charge.

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.

Manager Pep Guardiola will have Benjamin Mendy available for selection after the full-back missed a large portion of last season with an injury.

Predictions, Gooners? Let us know in the comments... That's the basic principle, ' he urged.

Arsenal are likely to press in the early stages, if Emery's approach against Guardiola in the past is anything to go by. As he prepared to head back to London the Catalan cited the 2-0 Community Shield victory over Chelsea at Wembley as evidence of the focus with which his players have started the campaign.

Manchester City have no injury concerns but there are questions over a few squad members match fitness following their late returns to pre-season training.

Finishing 37 points behind City was a fitting ending for the dispiriting final season of the Wenger era - a torrid campaign played out to a soundtrack of angry protests against the manager from frustrated fans. Look at how much Kevin (de Bruyne) or (David) Silva ran last season.

At centre-back alone, Guardiola is blessed with four world-class options in the shape of Vincent Kompany, John Stones, Nicolas Otamendi and Aymeric Laporte.

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.

Guardiola admits it's not part of the job he likes.

During the season we will have really bad moments - it is impossible to have the ideal season all the time - but when you win one title you can win another one.

"He's bought players that they needed", Merson said on Sky Sports. They have to compete between each other and accept my rules, today don't play but tomorrow you are going to play and you have to be ready'. He said: "We can do our job, yes, but maybe Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea can do their job better and win".

Despite that, City are firm favourites to retain their title.

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