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Manchester City v Arsenal - The Opposition

A Look At The Blues Weekend Rivals

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Manchester City welcome Arsenal for Saturday’s first match of the day, with City looking for their second win of the season while the Gunners are looking for their first Premier League goal.

The visitors won their first two matches of last season, however they lost on the opening day of the current campaign at newly promoted Brentford, before falling to a 2-0 home defeat to Chelsea.

There was a glimmer of hope n midweek, when the Gunners strolled to a 6-0 win at Championship side West Brom, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang grabbing a hat0trick in his first start of the season. However, it would be argued that they played a very poor Baggies side and a win would be expected regardless.

The pressure is now on the Gunners, with their fans expecting more since they have spent almost £130m in the transfer market this summer.

Who’s New and Who’s Gone?

Defenders Nuno Tavares and Ben White arrived from Benfica and Brighton respectively, with White being the most expensive purchase at £50m.

In midfield, Albert Sambi Lokonga has arrived from Anderlecht in a £15m deal, and Martin Odegaard arrived from Real Madrid for £30m.

The Gunners also signed Sheffield United keeper Aaron Ramsdale for £24m. However, they have failed to strengthen their frontline, which cost them last season and is doing so again unless it is addressed.

David Luiz has left the club, the first big name to leave in this transfer window, and if midfielder Willian also goes, there are fears it could spark an exodus at teh Emirates.

Key Players

With two defensive additions, the Gunners are yet to find a rhythm at the heart of the defence.

Bukayo Sagna is the main threat from midfield, while Aubameyang always enjoys scoring against City. The addition of Odegaard will add some steel to the Gunners midfield.

Who’s The Boss?

Pep’s former assistant Mikel Arteta is still in charge at the Emirates, however, after two straight defeats, the knives are already out for their former hero, and if he doesn’t get results soon, he may be the first managerial casualty of the Premier League season.

Last Time Out

City recorded their first home win of last season with a 1-0 win over Arteta’s side. Raheem Sterling’s 23rd minute goal was enough for the blues to secure the three points in a match that saw four City players booked.