The Big Match Tactical View: Arsenal v Manchester City

Pep Guardiola’s City won the Premier League with 100 points last season

Pep Guardiola’s City won the Premier League with 100 points last season

Unai Emery, Manager of Arsenal speaks with Mesut Ozil of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Manchester City at Emirates Stadium on August 12, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

"We have to improve some movements but in general, in the moment we are, the desire to run, away at Arsenal - nobody can deny it's complicated", Pep explained in his post-match press conference.

"I am focused on that, not focused on back-to-back (titles)".

Manchester City will travel to the Emirates to face Arsenal in what is expected to be the most enthralling fixture in the very first week of the 2018/19 Premier League season.

The Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester City will be broadcast live on NBCSN.

Man City's domestic success has been well documented over the last few years, while Arsenal have failed to finish in the top four of the EPL in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1996.

City set a host of records - including most points, most wins, most goals and biggest winning margin - as they powered to the Premier League title last term.

"They know we work a lot and I have spoken many times with them".

However, if Emery can sort out Arsenal's defensive problems then they could be a force to be reckoned with, such is the quality they possess in attacking positions.

Arsenal signed experienced Switzerland worldwide Stephan Lichtsteiner in a free transfer from Serie A giants Juventus.

Another new signing who could play a key role for Arsenal this weekend is former Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis.

"I thought we didn't really get the intensity I'd asked for at the beginning of the game".

"It's very tight", Burnley manager Sean Dyche said.

"Arsenal are going to play this pressing game and could they catch City off guard?"

After 14 minutes City showed they will likely be the team to beat this campaign too.

"We are excited", he said. During the season we will have really bad moments - it is impossible to have the ideal season all the time - but when you win one title you can win another one. They blew everyone out of the title race past year and they are huge favorites going into this match.

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