EPL: Arsenal vs Manchester City

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

Emery will take charge of the Gunners in a competitive match for the first time on Sunday afternoon when the Premier League champions travel to the Emirates Stadium. He was a crucial part of Pep Guardiola's tactics, dictating the tempo of matches and dominating English football last season.

A cynic might suggest Emery's feat of winning the Europa League three years in a row with Sevilla was the most relevant achievement on his CV prior to his appointment at Arsenal - who will compete in Europe's second-tier competition for a second successive season.

When it comes to team news, talkSPORT have had a go at predicting the side City will face. With Sead Kolasinac's knee injury keeping him out of action for the next two months, Nacho Monreal is the natural replacement for the Bosnian.

In defence, Benjamin Mendy with his bombarding runs and decent defensive skills looks certain to start in the left back position. Hector Bellerin, meanwhile, will need all his speed against Leroy Sane.

New Arsenal goalkeeper, Bernd Leno could get the nod over Petr Cech for Arsenal's opener against Manchester City.

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Man city is nearly the ideal squad with a mix of experience (Silva, Kompany, Fernandinho) and youngsters such as Gabriel Jesus and lightning-quick Leroy Sane, not to forget the lethal duo of Kevin De Bruyne and Kun Aguero. Thus, he is definitely a huge threat for the Manchester City defence, likely to be led by English worldwide John Stones.

It means Ramsey could take his place in central midfield with Emery set to choose between Granit Xhaka, Lucas Torreira, Mohamed Elneny and summer signing Matteo Guendouzi.

Elsewhere, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was all smiles as he trained with his team-mates.

It's hard to see England global Danny Welbeck getting anywhere near the pitch with the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette in front of him this season, and the Gunners should consider offloading him today.

Guardiola's side might become more technical at the back this season, with Aymeric Laporte and John Stones seemingly his first-choice combination, with the more rugged Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi back-ups. And here in England there are many.

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 skilful but spineless group.

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