Unai Emery explains Arsenal’s "aggressive" plan to become Premier League champions again

Aaron Ramsey

Petr Cech - preferred in the Arsenal line-up to new arrival Bernd Leno - saved sharply at his near post in the ninth minute after Sterling twisted past Shkodran Mustafi.

There was the odd mistake, most notably from goalkeeper Petr Cech, but Emery's influence is already visible and had they not been playing Guardiola's team, Arsenal would probably have taken something from the game.

After all the pre-match hype, Danny Welbeck is not even in the Arsenal squad, let alone at left-back.

"And the first away game at Arsenal, nobody can tell me it's not complicated".

Thus, the 29-year-old will have a point to prove when he makes his Premier League debut on Sunday.

Taking possession on the left edge of the Arsenal area, Sterling glided past Hector Bellerin and Guendouzi before drilling a fierce shot that flashed past the unsighted Cech from 18 yards.

Arsenal have plenty of options in attack, and Emery, to bring the best out of Mesut Ozil, will likely place him in his preferred No. 10 position.

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The pair missed the Community Shield last week after returning to training late following the World Cup. Emery tends to shift between 4-3-3 and 4-2-3-1, but probably needs three solid midfielders against this City side.

Alexandre Lacazette was introduced ten minutes into the second half to add a fresher impetus up front, a different target for the likes of Ozil, Ramsey and Henrikh Mikhitaryan to find.

It was never going to be easy for Arsenal. The title is City's to lose, but they'll be hoping for more than just back-to-back championships in England.

They did not capitulate in the way they so often did under Arsene Wenger, and there were signs that they were better-prepared tactically as well.

De Bruyne's fellow Belgium global Vincent Kompany is also on the bench, meaning January arrival Aymeric Laporte starts alongside John Stones at the back. I can't back City at odds-on, so I'll go for Draw / Man City in the Half Time / Full Time market at [5.8].

Manchester City will look to start its title defense on the right foot after putting up one of the finest seasons in Premier League history past year as it put up an astounding 100 points by winning 32 of 38 matches.

Experienced defender Per Mertesacker served as the Gunners' club captain before his retirement at the end of last season and now fellow centre-back Koscielny will take on the responsibility.

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