Unai Emery will likely go with the formulas experimented during pre-season training, when Arsenal take on Manchester City at the Emirates on Sunday. A strong bench contains Kevin de Bruyne, Vincent Kompany, Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus.
With the way that City attacked last season, this could turn into a disaster for Unai Emery, who is taking charge of his first competitive game since taking over from legendary Arsenal gaffer, Arsene Wenger. And stopping Manchester City superstar Sergio Aguero could be an ideal way to silence his critics.
Emery handed debuts to two new signings, including 19-year-old Matteo Guendouzi, a surprise £7m signing from Lorient in the summer. This wasn't their greatest ever performance, but the fact they were so comfortable against a side that would realistically be wanting to challenge them, is paramount of just how good this Manchester City team is.More news: How blue light accelerates blindness
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Petr Cech of Arsenal looks dejected after conceding Manchester City's first goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Manchester City at Emirates Stadium on August 12, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. A golden moment for Aguero to double City's advantage. but the Argentine makes a mess of it! He laid the ball back to Cech as Arsenal began another slow move forward, but the former Chelsea man's intended pass to Hector Bellerin was miscued and the ball trickled just wide of his own post and out for a corner.
In the end it mattered little. Fifty-three seconds later, Sterling and Benjamin Mendy worked an overlap down Arsenal's right and the French left-back picked out Bernardo Silva in a crowded area for the Portuguese winger to rifle home.
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"We feel that we could have got something from the game", he told BBC Sport. "And the second half is the moment we had chances for doing a better result".
"Mendy is Mendy. Sometimes we want to kill him and sometimes you say "wow what a player we have", he said.
City sent 16 players to the World Cup in the summer - more than any other team - and six of those have only returned to training in the past fortnight after playing in the semifinals at Russian Federation 2018. As you would expect, the champions took the game to their hosts but Arsenal stood up to the onslaught.More news: Trade Desk shares rally on earnings beat
Both managers approach on Sunday will be crucial in the outcome of this match. "Yesterday the transfer window closed and our players will stay with us".
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