Unai Emery explains Arsenal’s "aggressive" plan to become Premier League champions again

AP     Arsenal's Mesut Ozil

After a poor atmosphere at the Emirates in recent years, it was a sell out for Emery's first match.

Silva, who featured in all three of Manchester City's warm-up matches as well as the Community Shield, looks set to start against Arsenal on Sunday. This was where we left off last season: electric going forward, but capable of slowing the game down and dominating the ball when necessary.

No side has retained the Premier League title since Manchester United won their third in a row back in 2009.

David Silva could be a question mark for Sunday's fixture as well. Arsenal are likely to welcome another debutant, the feisty but creative Lucas Torreira, in their deepest role.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles replaced Kolasinac when the Bosnian full-back came off injured in a preseason clash with Chelsea two weeks ago and it remains possible that the youngster will start against City.

Those players will join an Arsenal dressing room that is already stacked with top-class talent, with the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Ozil making up the Gunners' ranks. The title is City's to lose, but they'll be hoping for more than just back-to-back championships in England.

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The hosts improved as the game wore on but offered little threat to the goal of Ederson while City were opening up their hosts at will. Their defence will be even stronger this season too, especially after the World Cup campaign's Kyle Walker and John Stones had.

Crucial to this game's outcome is how Emery approaches his first game. Arsenal must watch long balls over the top, however - Aguero has punished them in that manner in the past, particularly in this year's Carabao Cup final.

I fancy Arsenal to make a fast start, but for City to eventually overcome them.

The victory was the flawless start to City's title defence as they aim to become the first team in a decade to win back-to-back Premier League titles. But, newly appointed head coach Unai Emery will face a stern test against the defending champions, who are keen to maintain their dominance in English football. That said though this is still a tricky opener for the Champions.

Experienced defender Per Mertesacker served as the Gunners' club captain before his retirement at the end of last season and now fellow centre-back Koscielny will take on the responsibility.

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