Bosnian Sead Kolasinac is out for two months with a knee injury and Nacho Monreal isn't yet match fit. Sokratis, Lucas Torreira, Stephan Lichtsteiner and Bernd Leno were all signed as well as the young prodigy, Matteo Guendouzi. A viewing of last week's Community Shield might have dampened that slightly; City were superb against Chelsea and that was with Kevin De Bruyne, among others, still to return. Mesut Ozil and David Silva will be the two playmakers on the pitch and both know if they can get the balls quickly to the forward areas, it opens up opportunities for the strikers.
Instead, Guardiola has opted to start Bernardo Silva in central midfield, while Riyad Mahrez makes his debut for City on the right flank.
"We are excited", he said. Benjamin Mendy, a World Cup victor with France will look to keep injuries away as he looks to get a string of games under his belt.
Emery has also pored over film of Arsenal's woes last season and his pre-season transfer dealings suggest he has already identified the problems that Wenger struggled to resolve.
Benjamin Mendy, the archetypal "like a new signing" after missing nearly his entire debut campaign through injury, sometimes overlapped and sometimes drifted inside to form a midfield diamond. We started our careers as coaches at maybe the same kind of time and his career, statistically, is better than me also but I like more playing against him because it demands more from the preparation, to try to win against his teams.
Emery arrives with a good reputation having won the Europa League three times with Sevilla and most recently worked at Paris Saint-Germain.
The Citizens did the league double over Arsene Wenger'sArsenal last season, winning 3-0 at the Emirates and 3-1 at the Etihad.
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City have never lost inside normal time when Aguero has scored against Arsenal, although they were beaten in extra time of the 2016-17 FA Cup semi-finals after the striker had got on the scoresheet.