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Maurizio Sarri after Chelsea collected their runner-up medals

While Thibaut Courtios-less Chelsea fresh from their Community Shield loss against City impressed new boss Maurizio Sarri with a 3-0 victory away at Huddersfield with Italian mid-fielder scoring from the spot on his premier league debut.

For so long some Gunners players have been regarded as snowflakes, shining during good times and melting under pressure.

Speaking ahead of his side's opening game at Arsenal, live on Sky Sports, Guardiola said: We were the best, definitely, no doubts about that, but we don't play alone.

While Sokratis will be the tasked with the responsibility of stopping Sergio Aguero, the onus will be on John Stones to deal with the sheer pace of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. A title challenge is very unlikely, but a top-four place isn't out of the equation. Last season we were so happy. I can't back City at odds-on, so I'll go for Draw / Man City in the Half Time / Full Time market at [5.8].

'We can do our job, yes, but maybe Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea can do their job better and win, reflects Guardiola.

However, if Emery can sort out Arsenal's defensive problems then they could be a force to be reckoned with, such is the quality they possess in attacking positions. Benjamin Mendy is meanwhile fit again and will provide more consistency on the left.

City, who also finished 19 points clear of their nearest rivals last term, have made just one major signing over the summer with the £60 million (Dh281m) club record acquisition of Riyad Mahrez.

Unai Emery may have found a radical solution to Arsenal's left-back conundrum after revealing England forward Danny Welbeck has been training in the role.

'Or Manchester United. People how ask how they will do, but I know a little bit about their manager and how good they will handle that. A lot will depend on his performance against Aubameyang if the defending champions are to kickstart their campaign with a win on Sunday.

Arsenal's main concern going into the weekend will be the fitness of Aaron Ramsey.

Here is how you can catch all the action of this first big Premier League match of the season. But, owing to match fitness and sharpness, Maitland-Niles could well start.

Arsenal will be without Sead Kolasinac. He was brilliant for BVB in Germany and with him the absence of Laurent Koscielny, who is a long-term absentee with an Achilles trouble.



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