Arsenal vs. Manchester City - 8/12/2018 - Prediction & Preview

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Another experienced tactician has inherited the managerial reins, with trust being placed in the coaching ability of former Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain boss Emery.

Although Arsenal majority shareholder Stan Kroenke's imminent total takeover of the club has been received with horror by the fans, they have still had plenty to cheer about after the arrival of new manager Unai Emery, some exciting new signings and some pretty decent games during the preseason.

The experienced Maurizio Sarri is the latest incumbent in the Chelsea hot seat having replaced Antonio Conte last month.

"Most people recognised that our defence was poor last season", Burgess confessed.

The Gunners kick their season off on Sunday against Manchester City at The Emirates, and have a real chance to lay down a marker for the season ahead. "The Arsenal squad is not worse than those of the other teams".

However, the forward is said to be aware that is not going to be a regular starter for the Gunners once again this season.

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"Regardless, I must admit: They remind me a bit of the "old" Arsenal I played in".

Manager Mauricio Pochettino has remained outwardly calm about the lack of activity in the market despite calling on the club's owners to take "risks" at the end of last season.

Emery has wasted no time leaving his mark on the Gunners squad following the additions of Juventus veteran Stephan Lichtsteiner and Borussia Dortmund centre-half Sokratis Papastathopoulos.

But how have Arsenal been preparing for the new season?

A fourth successive top-four finish would represent a good outcome for Spurs, but they will be under pressure from Chelsea and Arsenal who finished fifth and sixth past year, while big-spending West Ham could push for a top-six finish.

Fulham host Crystal Palace while Wolves face Everton.

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