Place: Great Britain. London. Emirates.
Date: on the 12th of August, 2018 (Sunday)
Match start: 16:00 (GMT+1)
Tournament: Championship of England. Premier League. 1-st round.
Arsenal (the head coach Unai Emery)
Millions of fans of the Gunners have been waiting for this opening match of a new season for a very long time. Now this expectation is measured not in days, even not in months, but in years. At all respect for Arsène Wenger who has been heading Arsenal (London) for 22 years, in recent years he from the talented coach has turned into a historical burden of which managers of the club couldn’t get rid in any way. Shareholders of this club have even closed the eyes on constant defeats of Arsenal in the fight for a champion title within last fourteen years. But, when three months ago the Gunners for the second time in a row were left without the Champions League, that is, without amazing financial profit, the destiny of the French oldman has been finally decided.
The famous Spanish specialist Unai Emery who can be proud of three final victories with Sevilla in the Europa League (2014, 2015, 2016), a champion title of France 2018 and six more various cup trophies with Paris Saint-Germain became the new head coach of Arsenal.
Today the hosts of Emirates haven’t made any loud signing, so Unai Emery is quite pleased with the current superstar squad of the new team: Mesut Özil, Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre–Emerick Aubameyang.
Man City (the head coach Josep Guardiola)
The defending champion of England will be the first rival of the Gunners. Unlike last summer, the current financial expenses of the Citizens are quite modest. Today City has signed only one Riyad Mahrez for €67.8 million. It is unlikely that Arab sheikh Mansour has exhausted his financial opportunities.
The question is, that now the modern team of Josep Guardiola team is overfilled by the stars of the world class. And therefore from now the hosts of Etihad Stadium are making single signings on concrete positions. Though today the head coach of the team on a position of the right winger, except Riyad Mahrez, have also Raheem Sterling and to Bernardo Silva.
Bookmaker coefficients on the match Arsenal vs. Man City
The previous meeting of two top English clubs on Emirates has ended with confident victory of the guests (0:3). Bernardo Silva, David Silva and Leroy Sane were the stars of this match. And now, despite the status of away match, the champion is again considered to be the favorite of the forthcoming fight: Arsenal – 3.80, Man City – 2.00.
On the first Sunday of August the team of Josep Guardiola in a supercup fight on Wembley has very easily won over Chelsea (0:2). However now, the champion is facing the away match with the new team of Unai Emery. And we doubt that now the fans of the Citizens have the right to wait for one more easy victory…