Arsenal's Danny Welbeck training at left-back amid injury crisis

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Ahead of Manchester City's Premier League opener against Arsenal, Sports Mole looks at how Sergio Aguero has fared against the Gunners in the past. 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].

"Even when you are ideal, the other team can be better". Hopefully the fierce jostling for position will drive Manchester City players to improve and develop each other, which can only be seen as a good thing.

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Speaking at his pre-game press conference on Friday, Emery spoke about his optimism for the season.

Arsenal kick off their Premier League season with a clash against Manchester City at The Emirates on Sunday.

Yet despite Arsenal's reduced status, Emery, who parted ways with Paris Saint-Germain at the end of last season, jumped at the chance to follow in Wenger's footsteps in north London. "He has enough experience to know exactly what [it takes]". "We were once rivals in our days in France, but we're now friends and I hope we can play well together and score lots of goals".

"Maybe my advice is alright for me but it might not work for him".

Chris Smalling: Manchester United will cope better with high-pressure situations this season
Former Chelsea boss Ruud Gullit believes Liverpool will win the Premier League title this season. Tottenham did provide the most players to the World Cup semi-finalists.

In his first match, Emery will come face to face with Pep Guardiola, one of the most decorated managers in the history of football, and the two will roll back the years to their days in Spain.

The new Arsenal manager has revealed that he's had to deploy Danny Welbeck on the left side of his defence in training because of injuries to Sead Kolasinac and Nacho Monreal.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Matteo Guendouzi make their debuts in Unai Emery's competitive debut in charge of the Gunners.

And finally, with it still being summer and the thwack of leather on willow still to be heard on village greens around the country, let's have a few City-related predictions from former Yorkshire and England quick-turned pundit Darren Gough.

"I am looking every day and the players are smiling in training with a big collective spirit". You can not say they are not contenders to win. "They have to be more hard to break down this season, more solid".

There has never been any doubting the German's ability, with the 29-year-old having tasted trophy triumphs with Real Madrid and the Gunners and World Cup glory with his country.

"Of course we accept the challenge to win back-to-back, but what we have to do is to be ourselves".

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