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Arsenal v Manchester City
Emirates Stadium, 13 August, 2018
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Manchester City have gotten their 2018-19 campaign started on the right foot, downing Arsenal 2-0.
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Unai Emery has his work cut out for him on his Premier League debut as Arsenal take on defending champions Manchester City. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting from 1am AEST.
Arsenal are undergoing major changes.
New players are coming in, older ones have been given the boot and there seems to be more of a focus on tactics under new manager Unai Emery.
The Gunners signed the talented Lucas Torriera in midfield, the imposing Sokratis Papastathopoulos in defence and the unproven Bernd Leno in goals.
The addition of young players for the future have also boosted the squad, as Serge Gnabry, Jeff Reine-Adelaide, Jack Wilshere and Lucas Perez made their way out of the club.
In pre-season Arsenal have been full of goals but have seemed shaky in the back – a recurring theme for the Gunners over the past few season under former manager Arsene Wenger.
Although Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Mesut Ozil seem to be able to play together coherently, despite initial scepticism.
Meanwhile Manchester City will be looking to improve on last season – which will be no easy feat.
Last season they won the title by 19 points and broke the points tally – reaching a staggering 100.
They added more depth into what was already was an incredible squad with the addition of Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City.
It’s not clear how often he will play.
Pep Guardiola has made it clear his men are motivated to dominate once again, already winning the Community Shield in emphatic style against FA Cup winners Chelsea.
The Citizens treated the game like a cup final while the Blues came out sluggish and never found their feet.
City are heavy favourites to take out the Premier League title again and when you look at their squad it’s no surprise why.
Striker Sergio Aguero has scored more than 200 goals for the club already and was recently named as the best forward in the league, above Tottenham’s Harry Kane.
The Citizens played Arsenal three times last season. They beat them 3-nil twice and 3-1.
One of those games was the League Cup final.
It’s a brand new season and a fresh start for Arsenal. Their attack is already on form and we have seen defensive improvements.
It’s unlikely they’ll mount a title challenge but their home form last year was akin to City’s and they’re traditionally hard to beat at the Emirates. It’s likely they can get a result on opening day.
Arsenal 1 – 1 Manchester City
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