pre-season campaign and Emery will be keen to keep the momentum flowing.

City travel to the Emirates Stadium this Sunday to take on Unai Emery's Arsenal, kick-off at 4pm (BST).

Petr Cech looks set to start for Arsenal as they host Manchester City on the opening weekend of the 2018/19 Premier League season.

Arsenal's first team left backs aren't available, Sead Kolasinac is now injured and Nacho Monreal just returned to training so he isn't ready for the match against Pep Guardiola's men and the manager has hint that Ainsley Maitland-Niles could be chosen in that position on Sunday.


Emery signed five players during this transfer window as he reshuffled his squad.

The club's official website has confirmed a couple of long-term injuries with Sead Kolasinac out for 6-8 weeks and Laurent Koscielny due to return at the end of the year.

The signings of Stephan Lichtsteiner, Bernd Leno, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Lucas Torreira have created some optimism within the club, but the off-the-pitch antics with Stan Kroenke might cause some disruption.

"I think that Guardiola's coaching is clear in this team", said Emery.


"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. Confidence in our work, confidence in himself", Emery said. What happened last season, we have learned and we know what to do.

Emery also dodged a question about whether Wenger has sent him any messages at all going into the season, saying only that he wants to build on the Frenchman's legacy. For now, Southampton are a real option, primarily if he seeks regular first-team football, or Bournemouth, but Everton, another prospective suitor, might not want him now.

But the 46-year-old former Paris St Germain boss is looking forward to taking on fellow Spaniard Pep Guardiola in his Gunners bow.

´╗┐Guardiola took time to settle too, but he answered his critics last season and his team's performance in the Community Shield suggested that they are raring to go once more. To improve is not about points or statistics, sometimes you play better and don't win.


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