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Adrian Cunningham | 12 August, 2018, 18:40

Arsenal have fallen so far behind their top-four rivals that, at present, it is unthinkable Emery could ever match his predecessor's haul of three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups. He started his career as a bigger player than me. But Emery insisted Welbeck won't be one of those leaving the club as the rest of the continental transfer season plays out, while saying David Ospina, Carl Jenkinson and Joel Campbell would be allowed to leave if they wanted.

"I don't want to forget what we have done last season".

City will be the first competitive opponents for Arsenal since the appointment of Guardiola's fellow Spaniard Unai Emery as manager in place of the long-serving Arsene Wenger.

Arsenal fans certainly can't believe Emery is even giving it a thought and they've been reacting on social media - and they hope their new manager sees sense.

Emery faced Pep Guardiola regularly when they were in charge of Valencia and Barcelona respectively.

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Speaking after the game, the Italian was pleased with how his side got the job done against a "physical" Huddersfield line-up. We made a mistake in our frontline that led to the second goal which can not happen.

However, if Emery can sort out Arsenal's defensive problems then they could be a force to be reckoned with, such is the quality they possess in attacking positions.

'Any bad moments in the World Cup, start again.

We can do our job the same as last season but maybe Liverpool or United, Arsenal, Chelsea or Tottenham can do much better and they win. Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 8. Aaron Ramsey, 10. Bosnian Sead Kolasinac is out for two months with a knee injury and Nacho Monreal isn't yet match fit. He was due to play against Chelsea in the club's penultimate pre-season friendly match but was injured in the warm-up. Defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos whose experience will be vital for Arsenal will start in the central defence along with Mustafi.

Manchester City: Ederson, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Vincent Kompany, Benjamin Mendy, Fernandinho, Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez, Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero.

Wenger's remarkable feats in the first half of his reign will stand the test of time, but few Arsenal supporters lamented his departure after 14 years without a league title.