Arsenal vs Manchester City: Predicted Lineups, Premier League 2018/19

Arsenal vs Manchester City: Predicted Lineups, Premier League 2018/19

The two managers differ in many ways, but both share a key trait in that they are football obsessives.

He has, however, faced plenty of criticism throughout his career, with it often suggested that Ozil can go missing when the chips are down and he is not granted freedom to express himself.

But with some players struggling for fitness following their World Cup exertions, Arsenal could catch them cold.

Unlike Arsenal, Guardiola's team are a force all over the pitch. Benjamin Mendy is meanwhile fit again and will provide more consistency on the left.

City, who also finished 19 points clear of their nearest rivals last term, have made just one major signing over the summer with the £60 million (Dh281m) club record acquisition of Riyad Mahrez.

Mesut Ozil is set to pose Unai Emery with one of his biggest challenges at Arsenal manager, says Alan Smith, with the enigmatic playmaker having a tendency to switch off.

Aguero is already off the mark for the season having scored twice in the Community Shield win over Chelsea last weekend, taking him past the 200-goal mark for City across all competitions.

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The biggest concern for the Arsenal boss was Aaron Ramsey's involvement in the game, owing to the Welshman's recent absence due to a calf injury. But.

The Nigeria global had been linked with a departure from the Emirates Stadium before penning a new long-term contract this month, but even with that, he can still be sold or loaned out to a foreign club before September 1, 2018.

"I said to him when he arrived with us after the holidays, I want the best performance in his career from this player - and to work for that", Emery said.

The German worldwide will likely start for the gunners in the defensive area.

Sead Kolasinac suffered a knee ligament injury against Chelsea in pre-season, while Nacho Monreal only returned to full training this week.

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

Emery's philosophy will be put to the test immediately this season as his side takes on champions Manchester City on Sunday.