With Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac expected to miss the visit of champions City to Emirates Stadium on Sunday, Welbeck has been trialled as a full-back during training. Sokratis, Lucas Torreira, Stephan Lichtsteiner and Bernd Leno were all signed as well as the young prodigy, Matteo Guendouzi.
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.
Instead, Guardiola has opted to start Bernardo Silva in central midfield, while Riyad Mahrez makes his debut for City on the right flank. Raheem Sterling cut through the defence easily before putting City ahead in the 14th minute, and Bernardo Silva curled in the second in the 64th at the Emirates Stadium.
City could have capitalised on a number of occasions, particularly in the first half, and it is questionable whether Arsenal have to personnel to play a high-risk game.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles is likely to start at left-back against Manchester City. But, he has failed to make a good first-impression, largely thanks to his wobbly form in the pre-season.
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This was a reminder that last season, in points terms, Arsenal finished closer to bottom than top, and that's Emery's job in transforming Arsenal's tactical and technical approach is very much a long-term project.
In defence, Guardiola would go with John Stones and either of Nicolas Otamendi or Aymeric Laporte.
Then again, it might be the best time to play Pep Guardiola's side. It might just be the best goal we've seen in the opening weekend of the Premier League.
In the last two seasons at the Emirates, Arsenal have been involved in seven-goal thrillers at the start of the EPL campaign. It included two Premier League fixtures and a League Cup final. "I'm not rigid to stick to one formation or way of playing".
Guardiola's teams are known to evolve into a deadly combination of adroitness and application over prolonged periods of time and it will be intriguing to watch how Manchester City tackle opponents who have specific plans to counter their approach.
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