Published: Sun, August 12, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Arsenal Manager: Pep Is Better Me

Arsenal Manager: Pep Is Better Me

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has admitted Manchester City's Pep Guardiola is the better coach ahead of the Gunners' Premier League clash against the Premier League champions.

The club are hot favourites to become the first to retain the title in a decade, but Guardiola stressed that his sole focus is on Sunday's season opener against Arsenal.

"I think that Guardiola's coaching is clear in this team", said Emery.

"You can see that his teams are very compact and compete for every single ball and that's what's made him so successful".

"For that, we are working this week and preparing for this game and preparing for the opposition against City as a collective and as individual players".

Speaking at his pre-game press conference on Friday, Emery spoke about his optimism for the season. Arsenal are likely to welcome another debutant, the feisty but creative Lucas Torreira, in their deepest role.

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Guardiola, whose side begin their defence at Arsenal today, insisted: "People say now we have to forget what we did last season".

Arsenal host Manchester City at the Emirates tomorrow (Sunday).

"We were the best last season, no doubt about it. Now, when I say something to them, they know exactly what we have to do". He was in France, he was with many teams in Spain, so he has a lot of experience. I work a lot and I am good on that. "The most magnificent thing for us is to look at what we do".

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. Both sides go into the fixture with injury worries. The Welshman has returned to training.

Defenders Sead Kolasinac and Laurent Koscielny are long-term absentees with respective knee and Achilles injuries.

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.

City impressed in last weekend's 2-0 Community Shield victory against Chelsea and could welcome back Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling from that group after they were given extra time off following Russian Federation. "They just have so much quality".

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.

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