The Gunners welcome the Premier League champions to the Emirates in what is Unai Emery’s first competitive game in charge of Arsenal
The final match of gameweek one of the Premier League sees Arsenal host Manchester City in what is also the 2018/19 season’s first blockbuster.
City won last season’s title at a canter, while the Gunners begin life without Arsene Wenger, who served as manager for 22 years.
Pep Guardiola’s side begin the defence of their title at Arsenal
Petr Cech starts in goal for the Gunners, with new signings Bernd Leno and Lucas Torreira on the bench.
Aaron Ramsey has recovered from a minor injury to start, but there is no place in the starting XI for Alexandre Lacazette.
For City, Raheem Sterling is thrown straight into action after returning to pre-season training earleir this week, but Kevin De Bruyne is only fit enough for a place on the bench.
Leroy Sane does not start and Riyad Mahrez makes his Premier League debut for the Champions.
Full teams below:
Mahrez played in City’s 2-0 win over Chelsea in the Community Shield
Arsenal XI: Cech, Bellerin, Papastathopoulos, Mustafi, Maitland-Niles, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Mkhitaryan, Ramsey, Ozil, Aubameyang.
Subs: Elneny, Lacazette, Torreira, Lichtsteiner, Holding, Iwobi, Leno.
Man City XI: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Mendy, Bernardo Silva, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Mahrez, Aguero, Sterling.
Subs: Bravo, Kompany, De Bruyne, Sane, Otamendi, Gabriel Jesus, Foden.
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This is Unai Emery’s first competitive game in charge of Arsenal
What the managers are saying
Unai Emery (Arsenal): “It’s more easy to speak here than to do it on the pitch. City, I think, after two years of working with Guardiola they have more stability, more security and when you watch City’s matches, they are playing with a very, very great confidence in themselves.”
Pep Guardiola (Manchester City): “(Emery) is an excellent manager. What he achieved with Sevilla, winning three Europa Leagues in a row – it’s good for the Premier League.”