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Arsenal vs Manchester City: Match Preview | Premier League 2018/19


Unai Emery will have a perfect opportunity to kick start his Arsenal story, with having suffered just one loss throughout pre-season and that came against Atletico Madrid in penalties. Whereas Man City goes into match with dominant victory over Chelsea at Wembley.

When & Where?

Arsenal host Manchester City at Emirates in the first gameweek to begin their campaign. with kick-off scheduled for 4pm (BST) on Sunday 12 August.

Referee: Michael Oliver
Assistants: Simon Bennett and Stuart Burt

Team News

Riyad Mahrez will be available for contention after he returns to full fitness without any trouble. Leroy Sane faces late fitness test after he picked up a slight knock at Wembley. Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling are likely to be involved, Pep Guardiola confirmed.

“They are available,” he told the press. “They arrived quite well.

“Raheem and Kevin had three weeks off after the World Cup, which is not too much time (for pre-season) but they both arrived in the perfect way.

“Sterling was fit after three or four days – he is not a big guy. [Maintaining] his physical condition is easy.

“Kevin arrived in the perfect way.”


For the host, Sead Kolasinac and Laurent Koscielny are long-term absentee. Aaron Ramsey and Nacho Monreal faces late fitness test.

Manager Sayings

Guardiola (on Unai Emery): “He is an excellent manager,” the Catalan continued. “What he achieved – three Europa Leagues in a row – is excellent. He is a good manager and it is good for the Premier League.

“Our target is: try to win as much as we can and in April and May, we will see (the outcome). If we are good and consistent like last season, we have a good chance.”

Key Battles

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang vs Sergio Aguero
Hector Bellerin vs Kyle Walker
Henrikh Mkhitaryan vs Riyad Mahrez

Match Facts

-Manchester City have only lost two in the last twelve Premier League meetings (W5 D5).

-At Emirates Stadium, Arsenal in their last six league matches against Man City they have only won one.

Predicted XI

Arsenal predicted XI: Leno; Bellerin, Mustafi, Sokratis, Maitland-Niles; Torreira, Xhaka; Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Iwobi; Aubameyang

Manchester City predicted XI: Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Mendy; Fernandinho; Mahrez, B Silva, D Silva, Sane; Aguero

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