City midfielder has a huge chance to shine against Arsenal

Unai Emery has brought five new stars to the Emirates

Arsenal coach Unai Emery confirmed at his press conference today that his side will be without four of their experienced stars for Manchester City's trip to the Emirates on the opening weekend of the Premier League season.

"Most people recognised that our defence was poor last season, we conceded a ridiculous number of goals around 50 or something, which Arsenal hadn't done in maybe 15 years." he told Fox Sports.

"Now he is at Arsenal, one of the best teams in England, and he is a contender to win titles".

'There is Chelsea with Jorginho, Kovacic and Kante in the middle, and Hazard, Willian, Pedro and Morata up front, so you cannot say they are not contenders. "We were once rivals in our days in France, but we're now friends and I hope we can play well together and score lots of goals".

Manchester City have no injury concerns but there are questions over a few squad members match fitness following their late returns to pre-season training.

City were almost ideal last time out, winning the league with a record number of points (100), goals (106) and points margin (19).

However, after a 10-week break, the EPL is here with us again.

"I am looking every day and the players are smiling in training with a big collective spirit".

"That's the basic principle". The important thing is to be ourselves.

Kevin De Bruyne missed out on the clash against Chelsea, but he is fully expected to start against Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday. I have a lot of respect for this career - starting at the bottom and winning titles.

He featured prominently for Spain at the World Cup this summer, but failed to exert his influence during the tournament. Some like Kevin de Bruyne and John Stones had excellent tournaments but others like Gabriel Jesus struggled.

Emery faced Pep Guardiola regularly when they were in charge of Valencia and Barcelona respectively.

"In the past, Arsenal has won games on great football, individual brilliance and having great attacking players", former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher said.

Arsenal players have admitted that they are doing double training sessions under the new manager than in the past as they have posted pictures of themselves exhausted after tiring sessions and Arsenal's director of high performance says that Unai Emery has made some significant changes to the training methods used at the training grounds. As he prepared to head back to London the Catalan cited the 2-0 Community Shield victory over Chelsea at Wembley as evidence of the focus with which his players have started the campaign.

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