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Arsenal v Manchester City

12 August 2018

Ahead of Manchester City's Premier League opener against Arsenal, Sports Mole looks at how Sergio Aguero has fared against the Gunners in the past.

It is needless to say that Arsenal will be in huge trouble if the Belgian manages to find his groove on Sunday.

"Emery has had longer with his team than anyone else - they've largely all been together for the whole of pre-season - and they could potentially cause an upset against City on day one". After utterly dominating the English top flight last season, Pep Guardiola and company will now try and replicate that while focusing their efforts in Europe as well.

Darren Burgess has labelled Unai Emery's training methods "ridiculous" as Arsenal aim to correct their leaky defence.

The two managers differ in many ways, but both share a key trait in that they are football obsessives.

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Former Gunners striker Smith told the Express on that battle: "For me, this is a relationship that could go one of two ways - whether Ozil responds to Emery or whether he doesn't".

'Any bad moments in the World Cup, start again.

"I have said many times I am not a special guy but I am so good at working, working, working a lot and they have to work too".

City impressed in last weekend's 2-0 Community Shield victory against Chelsea and could welcome back Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling from that group after they were given extra time off following Russian Federation.

Sunday's early kick off sees Liverpool take on West Ham United at Anfield, with manager Jurgen Klopp set to give a Premier League debut to new goalkeeper Alisson.

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Arsenal's main concern going into the weekend will be the fitness of Aaron Ramsey.

Arsenal will be without Sead Kolasinac. 'I believe in myself, in these players and in the club.

However, Petr Cech is still expected to start the 2018/19 between the sticks.

Other absentees include Laurent Koscielny who is still nursing a long-term Achilles injury whilst Danny Welbeck is unlikely to be in the squad due to a lack of match fitness.

Wenger's remarkable feats in the first half of his reign will stand the test of time, but few Arsenal supporters lamented his departure after 14 years without a league title.

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Walker, Kompany and Stones should be fit after playing a part in the Community Shield but the likes of Raheem Sterling, De Bruyne and Silva may have to settle for places on the bench.

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