Emery: I am ready to beat Guardiola

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Guardiola, who successfully retained league titles at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, highlighted the virtues of City's rivals including Jose Mourinho's Manchester United ahead of this afternoon's title defence opener at Arsenal.

"That's OK. But maybe this season finally you demand they win".

Emery insists that it is a case of taking it one game at a time, though, and Arsenal should hold their own on the opening matchday in front of their home supporters.

There couldn't have been a harder introduction to the English Premier League [EPL] for Unai Emery than against Pep Guardiola's all-conquering Manchester City.

Arsenal played City three times last season and lost all games with a 9-1 aggregate scoreline.

The 24-year-old is a wonderful player. But, he might not enjoy a positive start to his Premier League career as he will face the best midfielder in the league in Kevin de Bruyne.

Emery (right) added: "We're working".

Guardiola said: People say we now have to forget what we did last season.

Arsenal signed experienced Switzerland global Stephan Lichtsteiner in a free transfer from Serie A giants Juventus. The new goalkeeper from Bayer Leverkusen might get the nod for his superior ability to play with the ball at his feet - a prerequisite against a team like City.

But without Champions League action, Arsenal are no longer a big draw for Europe's top stars.

"The match is going to give us the information [of what] is our level", he said. You will look at games and say "That's the manager, he has set up a certain way".

Britain's TelegraPhnewspaper has reported that new Arsenal manager, Unai Emery, has named five Arsenal captains with Petr Cech expected to lead side against Manchester City tomorrow.

"We are excited", he said.

Just a month after the World Cup ended in Russian Federation, it's back to domestic action as two of England's heavyweights meet at the Emirates on Sunday with Arsenal welcoming Manchester City to North London.

"It's more easy to speak here than to do it on the pitch". 'Forget how much Liverpool have spent, they were already a good team last season as well.

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