Can Arsenal Turn Their Fortune Around Against Man City???

Maurizio Sarri after Chelsea collected their runner-up medals

Michael Cox looks at the tactics, Alan Thompson provides the betting lowdown.

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

Emery arrives with a good reputation having won the Europa League three times with Sevilla and most recently worked at Paris Saint-Germain.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the new Arsenal kit.

Aaron Ramsey will be a vital figure, even if he's yet to sign a contract extension with the club, and Mohamed Elneny and Ainsley Maitland-Niles will act as ideal reserve midfielders for when Emery needs to rotate his players.

Emery has also pored over film of Arsenal's woes last season and his pre-season transfer dealings suggest he has already identified the problems that Wenger struggled to resolve.

Considering a 4-2-3-1 formation, Emery is set to go with a central defensive partnership of Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Shkodran Mustafi. Hector Bellerin, meanwhile, will need all his speed against Leroy Sane.

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For Emery, the first question on his mind is whether he picks Petr Cech in goal or Bernd Leno. Look at how much Kevin (de Bruyne) or (David) Silva ran last season. Sergio Aguero hit the ground running with a brace in the Community Shield win and will lead the line against Arsenal. City's left-back missed nearly the entirety of last season through injury, and his overlapping will bring an extra dimension to City's attacking play.

"Maybe there will be more leaders in the team to show this captaincy, not just in the captains' group". And here in England there are many. Emery's obsession with tactical systems bodes well for the Gunners who have always seemed lost at the first hint of resistance on pitch.

Tactically, it would be more of the same for Manchester City - their fluid transitions and quick executions of intricate passing moves are likely to get more precise. Ederson, meanwhile, has a very long kick he's not afraid to showcase, despite City's focus on possession.

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The Spaniard did return to full training a few days ago, but could be shot of fitness for the City game.

Be ready to witness the defending champions open their campaign in English Premier League as Manchester City will play against Arsenal today.

Manchester City will look to start its title defense on the right foot after putting up one of the finest seasons in Premier League history previous year as it put up an astounding 100 points by winning 32 of 38 matches. I like playing him because the preparation is demanding.

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