Arsenal’s likely XI v Manchester City: Sokratis, Leno & Torreira start

Unai Emery has brought five new stars to the Emirates

Unai Emery has brought five new stars to the Emirates

Former Arsenal defender Keown believes the Gunners have an outside shot of a top-four finish in the Premier League next term.

But then we are going to watch Sunday, how is the response of the team against Manchester City.

Just a month after the World Cup ended in Russian Federation, it's back to domestic action as two of England's heavyweights meet at the Emirates on Sunday with Arsenal welcoming Manchester City to North London. Emery has spent the most part of the preseason drilling his players and infusing in them his footballing philosophies and ideas to help them become a better team.

The Gunners entertain Pep Guardiola's champions at the Emirates on Sunday.

City have never lost inside normal time when Aguero has scored against Arsenal, although they were beaten in extra time of the 2016-17 FA Cup semi-finals after the striker had got on the scoresheet.

Rather than ask his players to eradicate that glory from their minds, as Bill Shankly and Sir Alex Ferguson might have done in order to start again, Guardiola is demanding they remember what made them such sparkling winners.

"We are excited", he said.

Silva also did not feature for Manchester City during their Community Shield victory over Chelsea due to an injury, and it has not been confirmed when Silva is expected to return for Guardiola's side.

Petr Cech starts in goal ahead of summer signing Bernd Leno while Ainsley Maitland-Niles starts at left-back with Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac ruled out.

Considering a 4-2-3-1 formation, Emery is set to go with a central defensive partnership of Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Shkodran Mustafi.

Arsenal boss Unai Emery is excited to be working with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Torreira is the likeliest candidate to do so against Manchester City.

Riyad Mahrez, Raheem Sterling, Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin de Bruyne will contest the other spots.

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