Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Unai Emery set for baptism of fire as Arsenal host Manchester City

Unai Emery set for baptism of fire as Arsenal host Manchester City

The Egyptian signed a new deal with the club in March but the signings of Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi mean he is now surplus to requirements.

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.

Emery was brought in to replace Arsene Wenger after his 22-year reign ended with a sixth-place finish in the league last season.

"In the past, Arsenal have won games on great football, individual brilliance and having great attacking players", Carragher told Sky Sports.

Goalie Bernd Leno has joined the club from Bayer Leverkusen. With the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Ozil; Arsenal have one of the best attacks in the league.

Ljungberg scored an exceptional 17 goals from midfield as Arsenal won the League and Cup double. If it ain't broke, don't fix it, right? Lehmann commented, "I see a lot of potential at Chelsea, who have a new manager in Maurizio Sarri". He joins an already prolific attacking collective of the Citizens, who were led by Sergio Aguero's 30 goals in all competitions past year.

And then, while talking about his ex-club, the invincibles' goalkeeper said, "Arsenal also have a new manager and must win the trophy with Unai Emery". Starting the upcoming Premier League campaign with a win, though, might be a tad too optimistic proposition, as Manchester City have not only looked in top form during their FA Community Shield matchup against Chelsea last Sunday, but have also been deadly against the Gunners in the league lately, going unbeaten in the past five meetings (W3 D2), while losing just two of the past 12 head-to-head fixtures (W5 D5 L2).

Burgess also gave an insight to how Emery operates as a manager.

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