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Sport Arsenal v Manchester City - Combined XI

01:55  11 august  2018
01:55  11 august  2018 Source:   readsport.co

Arsenal ambitious and optimistic ahead of City clash - Emery

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Arsenal and Manchester City are scheduled to clash twice inside this week. While Claudio Bravo has been the mainstay during the Carabao Cup games, Ederson is expected to be the first name on the sheet in both the encounters, and he is our pick for this combined eleven.

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The Premier League gets underway this weekend after an 89 day absence and much emphasis will be on the game between Arsenal and Manchester City that takes place on Sunday afternoon.

Both clubs are at different stages of their life cycles. Former Paris Saint-Germain manager Unai Emery has taken over the reins at Arsenal from club legend Arsene Wenger in what will be a completely new experience for many Gunners fans.

The signings of Stephan Lichtsteiner, Bernd Leno, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Lucas Torreira have created some optimism within the club, but the off-the-pitch antics with Stan Kroenke might cause some disruption.

Emery: Arsenal lacked belief in Manchester City defeat

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Ahead of Sunday's EFL Cup final between Arsenal and Manchester City , Sports Mole selects the strongest combined XI from both squads.

MANCHESTER , ENGLAND – DECEMBER 18: Gabriel of Arsenal (L) and Raheem Sterling of Manchester City (R) battle for possession during the Premier League Ahead of Sunday’s showdown at the Emirates, our combined best XI piece continues with a lot of top talent to choose from.

Pep Guardiola, meanwhile, starts his third season at the Etihad Stadium on the back of a record-winning Premier League season with much focus being on retaining the title and improving on their underwhelming Champions League campaign from last season.

The return of Benjamin Mendy from a long-term injury will feel like a new signing, as will Aymeric Laporte who struggled to cement himself in the starting XI but with a full pre-season under his belt, he will now look to kick on. Moreover, the club-record signing of Riyad Mahrez for £60m now gives the manager even more options to choose from and further increases the gap between themselves and the fighting pack for the title.

With both clubs having different aspirations and targets this season, let’s have a look at a combined XI.

Emery discusses his decision to start Cech instead of Leno

  Emery discusses his decision to start Cech instead of Leno Arsenal manager Unai Emery has explained why he opted to start Petr Cech in goal against Manchester City, omitting Bernd Leno in the process. The Gunners opened their Premier League campaign with a home clash against reigning champions City. However, it was not the introduction to English football that Emery was hoping for. Arsenal were second best throughout and were put to the sword by an efficient City side. Raheem Sterling opened the scoring early on before Bernardo Silva added the visitors’ second after the interval. Many were shocked to see Arsenal’s new signing left on the bench, with Cech continuing to retain his place between the sticks. Following his first competitive game as Gunners boss, Emery explained the thinking behind his decision to stick with the experienced Cech, instead of handing Leno his first start. As quoted by the Independent, Emery had this to say about his decision to start former Chelsea star Cech: “We want competence with the goalkeepers and all the players in the squad. The position is the same as the others and there is the same chances for all the goalkeepers.” “Today, Cech played good. And he has this experience of defending our goal. Leno is starting with us. He is working very well, he played also well in pre-season. But he can wait to arrive his moment.

With nothing left to play for but a top four finish, Manchester City and Arsenal lock horns on Sunday in the Premier League in their penultimate game of the campaign. But which players have performed well over the course of the season to get into a combined XI ?

A Manchester City dominated eleven as they play host to Arsenal on Sunday. With both teams possessing an array of talented players, we take into account both their stars to form a combined eleven (4-1-4-1).

Arsenal eye move for promising young Russia defender Igor Diveev .
Arsenal have reportedly set their sights on young Russian defender Igor Diveev, who has caught their attention during the COTIF youth tournament. The Mirror reports that the Gunners have been impressed with Diveev, who currently plays his football for FC UFA. The defender reportedly found the back of the net against Argentina, while also impressing throughout the tournament. Diveev stands at an impressive 6ft 3in at the age of just 18. The young defender is likely to have been watched by Sven Mislintat, who has played a key role in Arsenal’s transfer business throughout the summer. A potential deal to sign Diveev would show that the Gunners are casting one eye towards the future. The Gunners were keen to strengthen in defence over the summer and signed Sokratis from Dortmund. It is yet to be seen if Diveev would be considered as part of the first-team squad given his tender age.

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