Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang can win Golden Boot insists Unai Emery

Sterling is available for selection for City’s Premier League opener against Arsenal this weekend. — Reuters pic

Michael Cox looks at the tactics, Alan Thompson provides the betting lowdown.

Rather than ask his players to eradicate that glory from their minds, as Bill Shankly and Sir Alex Ferguson might have done in order to start again, Guardiola is demanding they remember what made them such sparkling winners.

Emery has faced Guardiola on 10 occasions in the past and has failed to win one game, losing six and drawing the other four.

Whereas other sides are struggling to find 11 fit players because of injuries and World Cup hangovers, Arsenal seem in decent shape for the new campaign. With Sead Kolasinac's knee injury keeping him out of action for the next two months, Nacho Monreal is the natural replacement for the Bosnian.

"City topped the table by 19 points last time around - 37 clear of Arsenal - but Guardiola, who will not be offering any words of advice to his opposite number this weekend, is confident the men from north London will be in the mix come the end of the season".

With Laurent Koscielny out for the foreseeable future, Sokratis Papastathopoulos is likely to make his Arsenal debut alongside Shkodran Mustafi at the heart of the defence.

Man city is nearly the ideal squad with a mix of experience (Silva, Kompany, Fernandinho) and youngsters such as Gabriel Jesus and lightning-quick Leroy Sane, not to forget the lethal duo of Kevin De Bruyne and Kun Aguero.

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"I don't want to forget what we have done last season. I am focused on that, not focused on back-to-back [titles]", Guardiola told reporters. Kyle Walker will overlap more for City than for England, where he was shifted inside into a back three.

"For that, we are working this week and preparing for this game and preparing for the opposition against City as a collective and as individual players." he advised. Arsenal must watch long balls over the top, however - Aguero has punished them in that manner in the past, particularly in this year's Carabao Cup final.

"I know exactly what we did to achieve that and we start from there". 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].

"The Gunners have not won the league since 2004 and, after finishing fifth and sixth in the last two seasons, Arsene Wenger brought an end to his two-decade spell in charge".

Arsenal supporters will be hoping that Unai Emery comes with a strong squad against Manchester City because the defending champions are a tough opponent but the gunners may have to cope up with a youngster - Maitland-Niles starting in the left back position on Sunday because the manager doesn't have many options.

Despite last Sunday's competition being of secondary status Guardiola spoke to his side beforehand of the need to win it - something no Premier League champion team had managed since 2013.

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