If you weren’t already excited about the new Premier League season, the final game of the opening weekend could take things to a whole new level. The new Arsenal era gets underway against champions Manchester City, who look like being just as strong as last season.
Where and when: Emirates Stadium – 12 August, kick-off 16:00
Where you can see Arsenal vs. Manchester City: Sky Sports
Last time: City were 3-0 winners at the Emirates at the start of March, just days after they beat the Gunners by the same scoreline in the League Cup.
Arsenal v Manchester City Predictions and Preview
Although the Stan Kroenke takeover has put a dampener on things at Arsenal, there’s still lots of optimism as Unai Emery takes charge of his first Premier League game. It’s a far from ideal opponent though, after Manchester City rewrote the record books in winning the league last term.
Plenty of Gunners fans called for change for many years, and that section of the Emirates support finally has their wish as Arsenal go into their first game in 22 years without Arsene Wenger at the helm. Emery hasn’t had too much money to spend in remoulding his squad, but Uruguayan central midfielder Lucas Torreira could be a great addition.
|Aguero to score first||18/5||Offer|
|City to win 3-1||13/1||Offer|
|Aubameyang to score first||5/1||Offer|
Arsenal are 71/25 for the win, which would be a stunning way for Emery to get his reign at Arsenal underway. However, City only fell to their first defeat in their 23rd game of the last campaign, and lost just two matches all season. The Blues looked very good against Chelsea in the Community Shield, and they\re the favourites on Sunday.
City are priced at evens to get their title defence underway with a victory, after they eased to a 2-0 win at Wembley last weekend. Pep Guardiola has bolstered his attacking options with the £60m signing of Riyad Mahrez, which gives the Citizens even more power in the final third. If you think the game will end in a draw, that’s available at 74/25.
The hosts could be without Aaron Ramsey for this massive game, who’s been struggling with a muscle problem, while Nacho Monreal is also a doubt. Laurent Koscielny is out until December. City could be without Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva after their World Cup duty, while Aymeric Laporte and Danilo are further injury concerns.
One to watch for Arsenal: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored 10 goals in 13 Premier League games after arriving from Borussia Dortmund in January. He’s 5/1 to open the scoring on Sunday.
One to watch for Manchester City: Sergio Aguero notched both of his team’s goals against Chelsea, moving on to 201 City goals in the process. He’s 18/5 for the first goal.
Long shot: City are 20/1 to record their third straight 3-0 win over Arsenal. However, you’d expect the Gunners to threaten their visitors, with a 3-1 City victory priced at 13/1.