Arsenal vs Manchester City, Premier League 18-19

Kevin de Bruyne did not feature for Manchester City in pre-season friendlies

Kevin de Bruyne did not feature for Manchester City in pre-season friendlies

No way. I don't want to forget what we have done last season.

Emery faced Pep Guardiola regularly when they were in charge of Valencia and Barcelona respectively.

We have a lot of ambition to start [well] on Sunday against the last winners of the Premier League.

Not only is Emery a breath of fresh air but also a shrewd tactician, whose CV boasts of a number of Europa league titles and a couple of decent finishes in the Spanish La Liga and the French Ligue 1.

Guardiola said: "People say we now have to forget what we did last season". I know exactly what we did to achieve that, and that is where we start from.

"That's the basic principle".

He'll be among the players Arsenal will have to keep a close eye on if they're to stand any chance of getting a result.

Mesut Ozil is likely to start in his preferred No.10 position against Manchester City.

Despite last season's stunning achievements, Guardiola was his usual guarded self when talking about City's prospects for the year ahead, believing as many as five other teams could prevent him from becoming the first manager in a decade to retain the title. Emery has confirmed his return to full training this week, and with a good pre-season under his belt, Ramsey could be donning the armband against the champions.

"The important thing is to be there and to be ourselves".

David Silva could be a question mark for Sunday's fixture as well.

Midfielders Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling are back in contention for City. We start again. That is why it is fascinating, it is a new challenge. The moment I am not hungry I am leaving, the moment the players are not hungry any more they are going to move on.

At centre-back alone, Guardiola is blessed with four world-class options in the shape of Vincent Kompany, John Stones, Nicolas Otamendi and Aymeric Laporte.

Guardiola admits it's not part of the job he likes. 'It hurts when you cannot let some of them play. It hurts a lot.

During the season we will have really bad moments - it is impossible to have the flawless season all the time - but when you win one title you can win another one. We need four at the top level.

Eventually, Stones might be deployed as a holding midfielder with City losing out to Chelsea in the race for Jorginho.

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".

Riyad Mahrez is the only major addition to City's squad this summer while Arsenal have a raft of new signings for their new manager, Unai Emery.

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