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As in the Charity Shield final two weekends ago, when they faced the Chelsea that Maurizio Sarri trains, the “Citizens” directed by Pep Guardiola face an Arsenal in which a new coach has just landed – Unai Emery- that is a project that has just started to start.
Although in principle Chelsea and Arsenal are 2 of the templates that are forced to put as complicated as possible to City revalidate the title of league in which they were devastated. But is that they face a team that has Guardiola for the third season on the bench and where the players are already fully made to the Catalan system, everyone knows what Pep is waiting for him, and they play almost by heart.
In fact as the “Citizens” have done in recent summers the big signings to get to have this consolidated project right now, in this they have just signed highs and only one with the idea that they can really fight for ownership.
One is the one of the dealer of Algerian game Riyad Mahrez signed by 67.8 million to the Leicester. The signings of Philippe Sandler (PEC Zwolle) 2,5 mill. € and Daniel Arzani (Melbourne City) 0.89 mill. € will hardly be headlines with Guardiola in any of the most important games of the season.
The “Gunners” had Wenger as the coach who had been on the bench for the longest time in the Premier League and the oldest among all the major clubs in Europe since the retirement of Alex Ferguson’s bench at United.
Now they start a journey with a coach who likes a lot more of the counterattack and of looking for the back spaces like Emery, while Wenger liked that his players had the “pin” of possession of the ball and the territorial domain at all times .
It can take time for players to get into the new system, because of course that the way of playing that Emery Valencia from a few years ago was little like that of Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal.
True that a club traditionally moderate in its expenditures as Arsenal has been reinforced very strong and very expensive this summer. With the signings of Lucas Torreira (Sampdoria) 30 mill; € Bernd Leno (Bay.Leverkusen) 25 mill; € Sokratis (Bor. Dortmund) 16 mill; € Mattéo Guendouzi (FC Lorient) 8 mill; and € Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus) Free. But it is a club that has not lifted the league title since 2003/2004, and that for the first time in decades will not play the Champions League because it could not go from 6th place in the league.
We are not talking about the 37 points that separated Arsenal from Manchester City, but that the Champions League zone, which closed Jürgen Klopp’s 4th classified Liverpool, was 12 points ahead of Arsenal.
The “Citizens” began the preseason with 2 losses by 1-0 against Borussia Dortmund and 1-2 against Liverpool and also playing very badly. But then they “redeemed” a bit by winning 2-3 at Bayern Münich in another International Champions Cup, and 2-0 at Chelsea in the referred final of the Community Shield in which City had clear opportunities to have put some goal more if they do not avoid the genius of the Belgian goal Courtois that has been presented today by Real Madrid.
For its part Arsenal began the preseason with a 4-2 defeat at Atletico Madrid, but then reaped a 5-1 victory against PSG, a 1-1 draw against Chelsea who then beat in the penalty shootout, and a 2-0 victory against the Roman Lazio in his last preparatory bolo to suspend the one that was planned before Sevilla for the 4th of August.
Remember finally that the last 3 clashes between these two teams took them City and scoring 3 goals.
Specifically on November 5, 2017 by 3-1 in Premier, on February 25, 2018 by 3-0 in League Cup, and by 0-3 in London on March 1, 2018 again in Premier.
Arsenal vs Manchester City head to head matches
01.03.18 PL Arsenal Manchester City 0 : 3
25.02.18 CC Arsenal Manchester City 0 : 3
05.11.17 PL Manchester City Arsenal 3 : 1
23.04.17 FAC Arsenal Manchester City 2 : 1 (1 : 1)
02.04.17 PL Arsenal Manchester City 2 : 2