Unai Emery couldn’t have wished for a tougher opening to his first season in charge of the Gunners with a home match against reigning Premier League champions Manchester City on Sunday followed by a tough trip to Chelsea the following weekend. At least it will indicate just where Arsenal sit under their new manager and it is clear that life is going to be very different now that long-time boss Arsene Wenger has finally departed.
The Gunners have been boosted by some new summer arrivals although these have hardly been spectacular with £67 million being splashed out on four new players during the summer transfer window. Emery will doubtless be pleased with his side’s performances in their pre-season campaign with the stand-out result being a 5-1 thrashing of a somewhat under-par Paris Saint-Germain, however the real work begins on Sunday and the Gunners will need to be at their very best, the bookmakers giving away free bets on Arsenal v Man City.
The indications are that Arsenal may well prove to be a renewed force following the departure of Wenger, the Frenchman finally leaving following a hugely disappointing season which included two 3-0 hammerings by Manchester City late in the season. The Citizens will have been boosted by their 2-0 win over Chelsea in the Community Shield and as things stand, it looks like it should be business as usual for the reigning Premier League champions. Nevertheless they have been less than impressive in their pre-season campaign with two defeats in their United States tour and we’ll be siding with the Gunners to hold the Citizens to a share of the spoils at the Emirates Stadium this weekend, BetVictor Bookmakers going 29/10 on a draw.