Published: Sun, August 12, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

The Big Match Tactical View: Arsenal v Manchester City

The Big Match Tactical View: Arsenal v Manchester City

Whether it's the sort of dawn that brings long, sultry days on a tropical beach or the kind that beckons persistent stair-road degrees of shower is moot, but everything really has changed and today we'll get our first competitive taste of how the Gunners might fare under Arsene Wenger Unai Emery. Michael Cox looks at the tactics, Alan Thompson provides the betting lowdown.

In this first matchday, fans will be treated to the league's first titanic clash of the year as Arsenal hosts Manchester City from the Emirates.

Emery, who has won plenty of silverware in his time, including three successive Europa Leagues as coach of Sevilla, says that he has been coaching the team this week to counter what he believes is Guardiola's system.

The last two matches between the Gunners and the Citizens have ended in a six-goal aggregate win for Guardiola's City.

The boss further revealed that Sead Kolasinac, Laurent Koscielny, and Danny Welbeck may miss the Sunday action.

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Last season he was captain a few times", Mourinho told reporters ahead of tonight's clash (via the Mirror )". However, the second goal of the game would eventually come for the hosts late on, via an unlikely source.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos, recruited from Borussia Dortmund, should be partnered by Shkodran Mustafi in central defence while Hector Bellerin will get the nod at right-back. A strong bench contains Kevin de Bruyne, Vincent Kompany, Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus. Torreira is the likeliest candidate to do so against Manchester City. He was due to play against Chelsea in the club's penultimate pre-season friendly match but was injured in the warm-up. Emery tends to shift between 4-3-3 and 4-2-3-1, but probably needs three solid midfielders against this City side.

Former Lyon man Lacazette will compete for a central role alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this season but could be forced out wide, where his pace could prove to be a real asset but it may be a concern on Sunday in front of an inexperienced full-back. Sergio Aguero hit the ground running with a brace in the Community Shield win and will lead the line against Arsenal.

Guardiola's side might become more technical at the back this season, with Aymeric Laporte and John Stones seemingly his first-choice combination, with the more rugged Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi back-ups. And here in England there are many.

It's unclear if the Welshman will return in time to start on Sunday afternoon but it will be fascinating to see Emery's midfield.

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