New Arsenal boss Unai Emery could start Danny Welbeck at left-back against current champions Manchester City as the Gunners' first choice full-backs Nacho Monreal and Saed Kolasinac are out injured for this afternoon's game.
In steps Unai Emery, the Spanish manager who recently led French giants Paris Saint-Germain, attempting to fill some pretty big shoes at the Emirates. The "Merci Arsene" banner was the only indication that it has been a summer of transition at the north London club since Wenger was pushed toward resigning after 22 years in charge. They won just once on the road in the league after the turn of the year and they were knocked out of the Europa League in the semi-finals.
Emery has clearly placed a big emphasis upon playing out from defence, but goalkeeper Petr Cech - slightly surprisingly preferred over newcomer Bernd Leno - looked consistently nervous at goal kicks, at one point hopelessly scuffing a simple pass backwards, nearly into his own net.More news: Sarri off the mark as Chelsea ease past Mooy's Huddersfield
Manchester City took care of business on the road against Arsenal to start off its title defense on Sunday in the Premier League opener.
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Sadio Mane netted in first-half stoppage time and eight minutes after the break.More news: Punjab Confirms Navjot Singh Sidhu's Invite For Imran Khan's Swearing
"For me, that is the best message I can give the supporters. Now, when I say something to them, they know exactly what we have to do", Guardiola's words were refreshing, the Spaniard once again demonstrating why his unique outlook towards the game plays such a prominent role in him being a serial victor. But I don't think we were courageous enough early on.
The Greek worldwide was brought earlier this summer, in order to provide more steel in the backline following the retirement of Per Mertesacker at the end of last season.
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". "In the second half, we forced them to make mistakes and we had some opportunities. Working to help when we need quick pressing against the opposition". "The fact we were able to get a foothold so quickly after making the change is credit to the players".More news: Danny Ings: I wish LFC all the success
Aaron Ramsey, playing at the top of the midfield trio, had some bright moments in the early stages but struggled to get on the ball after City's dominance had become established.