Arsenal without four senior players for Premier League opener against Man City

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Manchester City play Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday, in a fixture where it is good enough to be the highlight of any weekend, let alone the season opener.

Lucas Torreira could well pose a challenge to his starting spot at the base of the midfield this term, but his appearance in the side could also allow Ramsey to play in a more advanced role, which I can't say I am against.

"Our style with the ball is to be protagonists, to do things with combinations, to control the match with the positioning of the ball".

"Defensively: first it is to be organised, recover the ball quickly".

Saints boss Mark Hughes will be desperate to bolster his attacking ranks before this evening's 5pm deadline, after his side's impotency in front of goal almost cost them their Premier League status last season.

"Then, the contract is for speaking with the club and the players".

"We are working to improve each match and each training session".

"I am always interested to see whether those players can actually become world class. We are looking in this way, one team with a passion, with a quality, organised, and in this way we are near to winning in the future". The Spaniard will look to give the German goalkeeper his confidence early on.

"For that this news for me is positive and his commitment to Arsenal is the most important". Plenty of enough time on the pitch to create chances, and hopefully assists, that will profit not only my FF team but also the club's start to their title defence. But for me, I want to enjoy the way [we do it].

"I'm not sure because I am going to decide tomorrow [Saturday] on the first 11, but Ainsley is the player who started the last match against Lazio".

It's a fascinating interview with Unai Emery.

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 previous year, while big-spending West Ham could push for a top-six finish.

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