Arsenal vs Manchester City: 3 key battles in Emery’s league debut

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"After Laurent, our other captains are Petr Cech, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka".

Manchester City make three changes from the Community Shield, with Ederson, Raheem Sterling and Ilkay Gundogan coming in.

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The new manager, the Telegraph said, confirmed that Laurent Koscielny, now out injured, would be his main captain, but that he would be backed up by Petr Cech, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka.

The 27-year-old has often been praised for his versatility and it seems Emery is keen to embrace this quality as he prepares for his first competitive game as Gunners boss. The German should be flanked by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the left and Henrikh Mkhitaryan on the right. No way. I don't want to forget what we have done last season.

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Emery faced Pep Guardiola regularly when they were in charge of Valencia and Barcelona respectively. But the spirit is there and that is the most important thing. People say now we have to forget what we did last season. That's the basic principle.

Cech suffered a heart-in-mouth moment as Arsenal tried, and failed, to play out from the back - the former Chelsea man nearly turning the ball into his own goal as he attempted to pass across to Mustafi. If not, Aubameyang is likely to start from the left flank, although he may the lead the line here. So, the fans looking to catch Arsenal vs Manchester City football match online will have to access Hotstar app or website for live online streaming. City set the bar dauntingly high last season, but Guardiola's abilities are such that it won't surprise anyone if they manage to usurp their own records this season.

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"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". City, I think, after two years of working with Guardiola they have more stability, more security and when you watch City's matches, they are playing with a very, very great confidence in themselves. The former Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain manager handed starts to two of his summer arrivals as Sokratis Papastathopoulos lined up alongside Shkodran Mustafi at the heart of the defence while Matteo Guendouzi was given his Premier League bow in midfield.

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