Unai Emery’s Arsenal host Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium for the first game of the 2018/19 Premier League season.
Arsenal are currently experiencing a transitional period after their longest serving and most successful manager, Arsene Wenger, left his position. Since Emery has joined Arsenal they have been playing in a new 4-2-3-1 formation that focuses on pressing and counter attacking football. The Spanish manager has brought in multiple players over the summer focusing on stregnthening up the weak defence they had under Wenger. Bernd Leno, Sokratis and Lichtsteiner were the defensive improvements, whilst Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira were the midfield paring he decided on.
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In contrast, Man City are into their third season under Spanish tactician Pep Guardiola who are inevitably one of the favourites to win the Premier League and retain their title from last season. City have only signed one notable signing for the first team in Riyad Mahrez for £61 million. This will allow more depth for the attacking positions in the squad, making rotation a lot easier due to the amount of quality they have ready to step in, considering all of the fixtures they have this season. Guardiola’s City side are likely to set up in a 4-3-3, featuring youth prospect Foden due to the late returns of De Bruyne and other players who played deep into the 2018 FIFA World Cup.