Unai Emery welcomes Pep Guardiola battle ahead of Arsenal v Man City

Unai Emery welcomes Pep Guardiola battle ahead of Arsenal v Man City

Unai Emery welcomes Pep Guardiola battle ahead of Arsenal v Man City

Unai Emery's Arsenal team will begin the Premier League season against Manchester City.

"They return on Monday, train Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and today, so you can imagine that they are not really fit and ready", he said, although he was happy that Chilean Alexis Sanchez was raring to go after a full pre-season.

With new manager at helm, Arsenal (6th in PL last year) start their life without Arsene Wenger, hosting a home clash against Manchester City (1st in PL last season), who won the Premier League last year, beating nearly every record.

Manchester City were nothing short of spectacular last season.

Referring to his summer signings - goalkeeper Bernd Leno, defenders Stephan Lichtsteiner and Sokratis Papastathopoulos and midfielders Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi - Emery insists balance is the aim.

Provisional squad: Ederson, Bravo, Walker, Danilo, Kompany, Stones, Laporte, Otamendi, Mendy, Danilo, Gundogan, Fernandinho, Delph, De Bruyne, D Silva, B Silva, Foden, Diaz, Sterling, Sane, Mahrez, Aguero, Jesus. The Arsenal legend took no time to reject that option. Lehmann commented, "I see a lot of potential at Chelsea, who have a new manager in Maurizio Sarri". (Picture: Getty Images)What channel is Arsenal vs Man City on and is there a live stream?

In recent seasons, Arsenal have not won the opening game of the season, with the exception of last season where they had to come from behind twice to defeat Leicester City 4-3 at the Emirates.

Saints boss Mark Hughes will be desperate to bolster his attacking ranks before this evening's 5pm deadline, after his side's impotency in front of goal almost cost them their Premier League status last season.

The purchase would give Kroenke 97 per cent ownership and would lead to the compulsory purchase of all remaining shares, many of which are owned by Arsenal fans themselves.

"Yesterday, the window closed here in the Premier League".

Emery is attempting to impose his own style on a club that has been under the stewardship of Arsene Wenger for two decades and faces his first test when Manchester City visit Emirates Stadium on Monday (AEST). The last person to lose their first league game in charge of Arsenal was Steve Burtenshaw (0-1 vs Spurs, March 1986).

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