Guardiola backs Emery to mount title challenge with Arsenal

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'After two years with Guardiola, they have more stability.

The Spaniard did return to full training a few days ago, but could be shot of fitness for the City game. "The Arsenal Supporters" Trust insist they are "wholly against the takeover".

Guardiola took time to settle too, but he answered his critics last season and his team's performance in the Community Shield suggested that they are raring to go once more.

Arsenal have had a relatively uneventful summer in terms of signings, but there is no denying that reinforcements have arrived all across the pitch. Thus, he is definitely a huge threat for the Manchester City defence, likely to be led by English worldwide John Stones.

Forward Riyad Mahrez could make his league debut for the club following his £60million summer move from Leicester.

'Or Manchester United. People how ask how they will do, but I know a little bit about their manager and how good they will handle that.

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.

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The Arsenal midfielder will also get a start today since the gunners will play a formation which requires two central midfielders.

City have great depth, though, and the Gunners could be in for a hard afternoon as they try to welcome their new era in with a win on Sunday. The match starts at 17:00 on 12 August 2018. Ainsley Maitland-Niles, 17. Alex Iwobi, 29.

With Sead Kolasinac and Nacho Monreal both ruled out through injury, Danny Welbeck was trialled by Emery at left-back in the build-up to Sunday's game at Emirates Stadium.

"The captain of this group is Laurent Koscielny, who is injured at the moment", he told the club's official website.

Defensive errors will need to be cut out if they want to challenge at the top this season, with Sokratis Papastathopoulos being brought in to solidify a leaky back four.

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

Bernardo Silva has earned huge praise from Guardiola in pre-season and is expected to play a key role for City.

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