Pep Guardiola: 'Competition for places is key for Manchester City'

Pep Guardiola: 'Competition for places is key for Manchester City'

Nevertheless, we've delivered player ratings for Arsenal after their defeat.

Arsenal manager, Unai Emery has hinted that his forward, Danny Welbeck will be used as a left-back against Manchester City on Sunday.

On Sterling's quick return to the City line-up following his post-World Cup holiday, Guardiola said: "His mum and dad gave him a special body shape".

Maitland-Niles isn't a natural left-back, although was deployed there on various occasions last season, and his right-footedness might help if Guardiola deploys Riyad Mahrez on the right flank, as the Algerian is always attempting to drift inside onto his left.

Crucial to this game's outcome is how Emery approaches his first game. Against Chelsea, we will analyse the opposition and we will assess how to win this game.

Manchester City have only won two of their last nine visits to the Emirates, one of those wins though was last season's 3-0 victory where the Citizens were three goals ahead in the first 33 minutes.

After 14 minutes City showed they will likely be the team to beat this campaign too.

Guardiola insists his players are still "starving" for success and there is little doubt City's hunger for silverware remains strong.

Asked how much motivation his players have, Guardiola said: "It is not a question that needs an answer".

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This is the first time that Arsenal will face the reigning champions on the opening day since 1970, when they drew 2-2 with Everton. Who knows when he'll do that again, so let's just enjoy it while we can. We are very happy.

The France worldwide missed most of last season with an injury and Guardiola admitted his return is still a work in progress.

"The first half we didn't play like we wanted".

"Mendy has a lot of things to improve".

Manchester City will look to start its title defense on the right foot after putting up one of the finest seasons in Premier League history a year ago as it put up an astounding 100 points by winning 32 of 38 matches.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles came on for Kolasinac after he was hurt in Arsenal's 1-1 draw with Chelsea on August 1 and Emery said following the match he would not rule out using the 20-year-old against City.

Explaining the decision to start Cech, Emery said: 'We want competence with the goalkeepers and all the players in the squad, ' he said. Not every game will be against a team as good, as well coached, as cold-blooded as Man City.

"We wanted to be professional, we wanted to make it serious like last season. I play in an attacking position, it's what I get judged on [scoring goals] and that's all". This process is normal. Our team, with more time, will play with this personality.