Emery set for baptism of fire as Arsenal host City

Silvia Morton
August 10, 2018

Reigning champions Manchester City kick off the new season away to Arsenal, under new management with Unai Emery succeeding Arsene Wenger, while rivals Manchester United start their campaign at home to Leicester City at Old Trafford.

Referring to his summer signings - goalkeeper Bernd Leno, defenders Stephan Lichtsteiner and Sokratis Papastathopoulos and midfielders Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi - Emery insists balance is the aim.

While optimism is growing at Anfield, the same can not be said at last season's runners-up Manchester United who kick off the new season on Friday at home to Leicester City with a squad that is under-cooked, according to manager Jose Mourinho.

This is exactly what Arsenal needed to change on the pitch and training ground.

"Most people recognised that our defence was poor last season", Burgess confessed.

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Another advantage that Emery probably has going into Sunday's game, and by extension the rest of the season, is the fact he has had more time working with most of the players who were not on World Cup duty for their national teams.

"Obviously, it remains to be seen how successful that is but that's an area he's focused on". With the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Ozil; Arsenal have one of the best attacks in the league. For a good part, Welbeck has played on either side of attack but through the middle, Emery now prefers other players there. I expect them back in the title.

The Gunners have a tricky start against the defending champions as they look to try and get their season off to a positive beginning.

In an exclusive interview with Sky Sports, Emery gave more than a glimpse into what that job-winning presentation in front of the Arsenal decision-makers would have comprised of. He's never not analysing, even in the lead up to friendly games.

"I want the players and supporters to feel that together, and also enjoy each match, each moment in our stadium, and in this way the team transmits to the supporters the passion".

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