Pep Guardiola expects Manchester City to face tougher title race

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Cech is expected to be handed the armband tomorrow when Manchester City visit the Emirates for the first Arsenal game in 22 years not managed by Arsene Wenger.

Although English clubs can't buy new players now that their summer window has closed, they can sell.

Emery has had plenty of work to be getting on with.

Sergio Aguero is already among the goals whilst Leroy Sane is fresh after surprisingly not being included in Germany's World Cup squad. EPL 2018-19: Jan Vertonghen's Header During Newcastle vs Tottenham Crossed the Line by Just 9mm.

Guardiola insists City would be foolish to think it will ease to the title by such a significant margin once again and believes Arsenal will be part of a strong chasing pack over the course of the season.

Considering a 4-2-3-1 formation, Emery is set to go with a central defensive partnership of Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Shkodran Mustafi.

Arsenal are an unknown quantity going into the new campaign, something which should excite and also intrigue fans. Torreira is the likeliest candidate to do so against Manchester City. Mesut Ozil and David Silva will be the two playmakers on the pitch and both know if they can get the balls quickly to the forward areas, it opens up opportunities for the strikers.

Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang can win Golden Boot insists Unai Emery
Emery has faced Guardiola on 10 occasions in the past and has failed to win one game , losing six and drawing the other four. I am focused on that, not focused on back-to-back [titles]", Guardiola told reporters.

Koscielny usually wore the armband last season as well, as club captain Per Mertesacker rarely played. Expect goals at the Emirates Stadium as a new dawn settles on the London Horizon.

City, however, is the favorite to win this one after winning the league last season.

His Arsenal side will host Manchester City on Sunday before travelling to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea next weekend.

"It will be a really close battle to make the top four; Arsenal and Chelsea will push Manchester United all of the way and have an outside chance of claiming a Champions League place", Keown told BBC Sport.

The Argentine global is expected to be given the nod ahead of Gabriel Jesus but it will be interesting to see how the quick-footed striker manages to evade the robust Sokratis in the Arsenal backline.

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