Emery set for baptism of fire as Arsenal host City

Lynette Rowe
August 10, 2018

The Spanish manager took charge of Arsenal just a few months ago as Arsene Wenger's replacement.

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.

With new manager at helm, Arsenal (6th in PL last year) start their life without Arsene Wenger, hosting a home clash against Manchester City (1st in PL last season), who won the Premier League last year, beating nearly every record.

But how have Arsenal been preparing for the new season?

As his English drastically improved, so did pre-season performances and the general feeling around the club.

"We conceded a ridiculous number of goals, which Arsenal hadn't done in maybe 35 years, so one thing [Emery] has been working on is making the team better organised in that area. His sessions are very intricate in that regard".

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Welbeck's preferred playing position is through the middle, but Arsenal are well stocked with Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang options for that spot. A bow against the champions in front of a hopeful Emirates crowd is about as tough as it gets, but Emery repeatedly referred to the importance of a connection between players and fans, a relationship often fractured in recent years.

Jürgen Klopp's side, bolstered by the likes of Brazil keeper Alisson from AS Roma, compatriot Fabinho, and fellow midfielder Guinean Naby Keïta, are the most likely to close the gap on City, who won the title by 19 points last season. I expect them back in the title.

As Southampton aim to put a disappointing 2017/18 season behind them, the acquisition of an England global forward would have been a massive boost.

"He's unbelievably passionate and the training sessions are extremely up tempo and full of instructions and hands on". While Arsenal's attack may be stellar, their defence is really really poor and City should be able to slice through it at will and create a lot of chances.

Ramsey is a key figure in the club's midfield but they could lose him for nothing next summer if they don't get him tied down long-term.

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