Don’t forget we’re the best, Guardiola tells City stars

Don’t forget we’re the best, Guardiola tells City stars

Emery faced Pep Guardiola regularly when they were in charge of Valencia and Barcelona respectively.

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.

City impressed in last weekend's 2-0 Community Shield victory against Chelsea and could welcome back Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling from that group after they were given extra time off following Russian Federation.

"For me this is a new way and a new process, the past is important for this club and the people working here, but we are starting something new with the same players".

It's unclear if the Welshman will return in time to start on Sunday afternoon but it will be fascinating to see Emery's midfield.

Emery has European pedigree in that competition though and that could remain their best chance of getting back into the Champions League. Now when I say something they know exactly what I want to do. Benjamin Mendy is meanwhile fit again and will provide more consistency on the left.

Sergio Aguero is already among the goals whilst Leroy Sane is fresh after surprisingly not being included in Germany's World Cup squad.

City made just one signing over the summer as Riyad Mahrez arrived from Leicester, but despite their lack of acquisitions, it would be hard to bet against City being even better in 2018/19. Those that know him say Emery watches 12 hours of video for each game, and you can expect the Arsenal players to watch a good few hours too preparing for this match.

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"He makes it hard for teams to play against them". Fernandinho, Kevin De Bruyne and a Silva - either David or Bernardo - is a familiar trio for the away side.

City have great depth, though, and the Gunners could be in for a hard afternoon as they try to welcome their new era in with a win on Sunday. City, I think, after two years of working with Guardiola they have more stability, more security and when you watch City's matches, they are playing with a very, very great confidence in themselves.

This match will start at 13.30 today.

The Gunners are expected to start with Ainsley Maitland-Niles at left back.

Defenders Sead Kolasinac and Laurent Koscielny are long-term absentees with respective knee and Achilles injuries.

Considering a 4-2-3-1 formation, Emery is set to go with a central defensive partnership of Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Shkodran Mustafi.

Pep Guardiola claims simply winning matches, not more titles, is his main motivation as champions City begin their Premier League defence.

Midfielders Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling are back in contention for City.

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