Don’t forget we’re the best, Guardiola tells City stars

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The 29-year-old, who signed for the Gunners from Borussia Dortmund at the end of the January transfer window for a club record £56 million, will be well-rested as the top flight gets underway in North London, after his worldwide side Gabon did not qualify for the World Cup.

The Gunners will run out for a Premier League game without Arsene Wenger for the first time since September 1996 when Manchester City travel to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Unai Emery has outlined his blueprint for his first season in charge of Arsenal, admitting that his side must become more "aggressive" in attacking transitions.

Arsenal finished sixth last season as they completed their campaign in dismal fashion.

Initially Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva were the tipped partnership in the centre of midfield, however a prolonged rest for both players means the Portugal global should enter the fray for the Sky Blues' season opener.

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

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"So one thing he's been working on unsurprisingly is making the team a bit more solid and better organised in that area".

"That's the basic principle".

Returning to the Champions League via a top-four finish in the Premier League will be Emery's main target, yet knocking one of City, Manchester United, Liverpool or Tottenham from those positions, and also overtaking Chelsea, is a tough proposition.

"For that maybe also they are in the team more leaders to show this capacity".

'I work a lot - I am good at that.

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Guardiola held some one-to-one meetings with his players after the World Cup to check they were ready to go again.

Walker, Kompany and Stones should be fit after playing a part in the Community Shield but the likes of Raheem Sterling, De Bruyne and Silva may have to settle for places on the bench. Arsenal are other contenders too.

Ederson had an incredible season previous year for Manchester City and the Brazilian and the City management will be hoping that the same will continue.

'We talked to some of them about how it was, ' revealed Guardiola.

Arsenal players have admitted that they are doing double training sessions under the new manager than in the past as they have posted pictures of themselves exhausted after tiring sessions and Arsenal's director of high performance says that Unai Emery has made some significant changes to the training methods used at the training grounds.

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