Unai Emery makes two shock selections for first Arsenal game
Aug 12 2018
Just a month after the World Cup ended in Russian Federation, it's back to domestic action as two of England's heavyweights meet at the Emirates on Sunday with Arsenal welcoming Manchester City to North London.
Pep Guardiola also has a couple of injuries but will consider himself the more fortunate manager of the two as his starters are fit for the game.
Here is how you can catch all the action of this first big Premier League match of the season.
The second goal from Bernardo Silva summed up City's ruthless attacking prowess as he thumped the ball into the roof of the net - sending a clear message to the rest of the league that City will once again be the team to beat this season. A title challenge is very unlikely, but a top-four place isn't out of the equation.
After all, once they gathered momentum last campaign they were pretty much unstoppable.
Sterling went past two weak challengers to put City ahead in the first quarter of an hour with his 50th league goal.
Guardiola's intensity was matched by his managerial counterpart on the sidelines but Arsenal struggled to get close to City on the pitch.
If it's a 4-3-3 Ozil will play from the right, although won't relish the prospect of tracking back with Benjamin Mendy.
That should cause Man City some problems if they all gel very quickly.
Sergio Aguero is already among the goals whilst Leroy Sane is fresh after surprisingly not being included in Germany's World Cup squad.
Not since 2008-09 has the Premier League title been retained, but it's hard to remember any previous champions looking as dominant as this Manchester City at the start of the following campaign.
Arsenal legend Ian Wright believes playing Man City on the opening day of the season is a great time to face them.
"Or Manchester United. People ask how will they do, but I know a little bit about the manager and in that situation how good they handle that".
City's strength in depth was illustrated when Mahrez made way for Kevin de Bruyne just before the hour mark.
The new Gunners boss begins life in the Premier League with a clash against the Citizens at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon. "Then, the contract is for speaking with the club and the players". But, owing to match fitness and sharpness, Maitland-Niles could well start.