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Pep Guardiola expects Manchester City to face tougher title race

Pep Guardiola expects Manchester City to face tougher title race

The Gunners appointed Emery early in the summer so he had ample time to prepare, but he was not the Arsenal board's first choice and their primary target, Mikel Arteta, will take his seat on the visitors' bench on Sunday.

City were almost flawless last time out, winning the league with a record number of points (100), goals (106) and points margin (19). City, I think, after two years of working with Guardiola they have more stability, more security and when you watch City's matches, they are playing with a very, very great confidence in themselves.

Finishing 37 points behind City was a fitting ending for the dispiriting final season of the Wenger era - a torrid campaign played out to a soundtrack of angry protests against the manager from frustrated fans.

It was a memorable campaign but City boss Guardiola is well aware that rival teams and managers will be determined to improve and cut them down. This season we don't know. No way. I don't want to forget that. The important thing is to be ourselves. That's the basic principle, ' he urged.

Man city is nearly the ideal squad with a mix of experience (Silva, Kompany, Fernandinho) and youngsters such as Gabriel Jesus and lightning-quick Leroy Sane, not to forget the lethal duo of Kevin De Bruyne and Kun Aguero. The players know the coaching staff work a lot and I have spoken many times with them. Some like Kevin de Bruyne and John Stones had excellent tournaments but others like Gabriel Jesus struggled. We start again. That is why it is fascinating, it is a new challenge.

Regarded as a football savant cut from the same cloth as the obsessive Wenger, Emery has impressed Arsenal's players with his detailed video analysis, spending up to 12 hours ahead of each game working on footage for his squad. Are you telling me they didn't deserve to play?

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Since joining the club earlier this year the striker has scored 10 goals in just 13 league games.

"I can not see any way past Manchester City, in terms of who will win it".

"Winning is the best motivation and we will try to continue what we have done".

"It's hard when you can't let some of them play". We need four on the top level. Maybe Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea can do their job better - but if we do our job, we will be there.

"Pep Guardiola has backed Unai Emery to make an instant impact at Arsenal and turn the club back into Premier League title contenders".

Pep, on the other hand, will be expected to deliver the coveted UCL title to the blue side of Manchester, having signed Riyadh Mahrez from Leicester.


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