Arsenal v Man. City: Emery sets sight on Pep's squad

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The squad trained at the Emirates for today's opener against Manchester City - a departure from the traditional methods of his predecessor Wenger.

City have added to their attacking force by bringing in Mahrez, and Guardiola has revealed that both Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling are both fit to play despite missing the Community Shield win.

Defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos and teenage French midfielder Matteo Guendouzi made their Arsenal debuts but like so many teams last season the London side found City hard to cope with. Arsenal are likely to welcome another debutant, the feisty but creative Lucas Torreira, in their deepest role.

The Gunners appointed Emery early in the summer so he had ample time to prepare, but he was not the Arsenal board's first choice and their primary target, Mikel Arteta, will take his seat on the visitors' bench on Sunday. The German should be flanked by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the left and Henrikh Mkhitaryan on the right.

Pep Guardiola claims simply winning matches, not more titles, is his chief motivation as champions Manchester City begin their title defence. The match can also be seen on Jio TV and Airtel TV. Last season we were so happy.

Speaking ahead of his side's opening game at Arsenal, Guardiola said: "We were the best, definitely, no doubts about that, but we don't play alone".

Guardiola's teams are known to evolve into a deadly combination of adroitness and application over prolonged periods of time and it will be intriguing to watch how Manchester City tackle opponents who have specific plans to counter their approach. What a start to his and City's season.

"We're keeping a lot of the good ideas that were working here but improving tactics with my ideas and spirit and energy, while together creating anew way, a new process at Arsenal".

After all, once they gathered momentum last campaign they were pretty much unstoppable.

Welbeck, 27, has traditionally played in more advanced positions during his career, but with Sead Kolasinac out for two months with a knee injury and Nacho Monreal also unavailable for their Premier League opener against Manchester City on Sunday, Emery has been toying with using the England global as a left-back.

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