Arsenal v Manchester City

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Manchester City get their Premier League title defence underway on Sunday when they take on Arsenal at the Emirates.

Manchester City get their Premier League title defence underway on Sunday when they take on Arsenal at the Emirates.

The Citizens romped to the title in record-breaking fashion last season, racking up 100 points, and many believe Pep Guardiola’s men will be the team to catch once again this term.

Algeria international Riyad Mahrez has been signed from Leicester City for a club-record fee believed to be worth around £60million this summer in the only major addition to the first-team squad.

Sergio Aguero proved his worth to City when bagging both goals in the 2-0 Community Shield win over Chelsea and the Argentine is expected to be given the nod up front for the clash at the Emirates.

Left-back Benjamin Mendy could start his first league game since September 2017, when he suffered a cruciate ligament injury against Crystal Palace, whilst Guardiola has confirmed both Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne are in ‘perfect condition’.

Arsenal will start a season without Arsene Wenger at the helm for the first time since 1996 and there is a certain degree of pressure of the shoulders of the new man in charge, Unai Emery.

The former PSG boss has strengthened the squad with the signings of Lucas Torreira, Bernd Leno, Sokratis, Matteo Guendouzi and Stephan Lichtsteiner, whilst Jack Wilshere, Lucas Perez and Santi Cazorla have all been let go.

Defenders Sead Kolasinac and Laurent Koscielny are long-term absentees with respective knee and Achilles injuries and will miss the opener, whilst there is a battle for the number one jersey between Leno and Petr Cech.

Arsenal have enjoyed just two wins in the last 12 meetings with City and this is the first time the Gunners will face the reigning champions on the opening day since 1970, when they drew 2-2 with Everton.

Acca of the Weekend: Chelsea, Wolves and Man City all to win and Newcastle to draw with Spurs at 25.18/1

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