Welbeck tested in makeshift left-back role for Arsenal

Welbeck tested in makeshift left-back role for Arsenal

The match is scheduled to get underway at 17h00.

Arsenal new head coach Unai Emery. This could be a rude welcome to Unai Emery's first match in charge Arsenal.

Facing something of an injury crisis at left-back, Emery has been forced to mix things up ahead of his first season in the Premier League.

Arsenal rarely threatened as an attacking force until the introduction of Alexandre Lacazette for the willing but unrewarded Aaron Ramsey early in the second half.

Koscielny is expected to return from a long-term Achilles injury in November.

"Because of what we did last season now we are going to win?"

Instead, Emery must focus on getting the best out of Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who made a fine start with Arsenal following his January move from Dortmund, while also finding a way to dovetail the creative talents of Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

City could have capitalised on a number of occasions, particularly in the first half, and it is questionable whether Arsenal have to personnel to play a high-risk game.

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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.

"What we'll see Arsenal do more this season is win games tactically".

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.

Sterling was allowed to cut in from the left and slot home while Silva roamed in the box before tucking home Benjamin Mendy's cross.

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

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As for Arsenal, it is a fresh start for a squad that finished in sixth last season, its worst finish since the 1994-95 season, two years before Arsene Wenger took over as manager.

He faces a Guardiola who is now fully into the swing of things at Manchester City and had an unparalleled domestic campaign previous year where City racked up 100 points.