Sport Arsenal v Manchester City - Combined XI

01:55  11 august  2018
01:55  11 august  2018 Source:   readsport.co

Aubameyang admits Arsenal's priority is the Premier League

  Aubameyang admits Arsenal's priority is the Premier League Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has admitted that Arsenal’s primary target for the season is to enjoy a strong campaign in the Premier League, the Evening Standard reports. It’s set to be yet another busy season for Arsenal as they enter into a new era under Unai Emery. Following last term’s shortcomings, the Gunners will be playing in the Europa League, along with the three domestic competitions. Returning to the Champions League is sure to be a top target for Arsenal this season, with the club set to oversee their second consecutive season in the Europa League. Nevertheless, talismanic Arsenal striker Aubameyang has insisted that the main focus for his side is to achieve a high finish in the Premier League, despite the underlying desire to help the club win a trophy this season. “Collectively, we want to play every competition to the maximum. We can’t hide. It would be great to end the season with one or more trophies. The league is obviously the priority because it has been a while since Arsenal won it.” Arsenal’s Premier League season got off to an underwhelming start on Sunday afternoon after they were comfortably beaten by reigning champions Manchester City 2-0.

Arsenal and Manchester City are scheduled to clash twice inside this week. While Claudio Bravo has been the mainstay during the Carabao Cup games, Ederson is expected to be the first name on the sheet in both the encounters, and he is our pick for this combined eleven.

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The Premier League gets underway this weekend after an 89 day absence and much emphasis will be on the game between Arsenal and Manchester City that takes place on Sunday afternoon.

Both clubs are at different stages of their life cycles. Former Paris Saint-Germain manager Unai Emery has taken over the reins at Arsenal from club legend Arsene Wenger in what will be a completely new experience for many Gunners fans.

The signings of Stephan Lichtsteiner, Bernd Leno, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Lucas Torreira have created some optimism within the club, but the off-the-pitch antics with Stan Kroenke might cause some disruption.

Maitland-Niles set to miss six to eight weeks with leg fracture

  Maitland-Niles set to miss six to eight weeks with leg fracture Arsenal midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles is set to miss six to eight weeks after suffering a small leg fracture. The midfielder suffered the injury during Arsenal’s opening day defeat to Manchester City, limping off during the game. The club have now confirmed that Maitland-Niles sustained a small fracture to his left fibula, meaning he is set to miss over a month of action for the Gunners. This is a blow for the Gunners, especially after only one game played so far this season. The versatile youngster was playing left back for Unai Emery’s side before he was substituted. New Summer signing Stephan Lichtsteiner replaced Maitland-Niles, with the Gunners going on to lose to the defending Champions. Arsenal have been handed a boost however. with Nacho Monreal returning to action this weekend as Arsenal continue their tough start to the season against Chelsea.

Ahead of Sunday's EFL Cup final between Arsenal and Manchester City , Sports Mole selects the strongest combined XI from both squads.

MANCHESTER , ENGLAND – DECEMBER 18: Gabriel of Arsenal (L) and Raheem Sterling of Manchester City (R) battle for possession during the Premier League Ahead of Sunday’s showdown at the Emirates, our combined best XI piece continues with a lot of top talent to choose from.

Pep Guardiola, meanwhile, starts his third season at the Etihad Stadium on the back of a record-winning Premier League season with much focus being on retaining the title and improving on their underwhelming Champions League campaign from last season.

The return of Benjamin Mendy from a long-term injury will feel like a new signing, as will Aymeric Laporte who struggled to cement himself in the starting XI but with a full pre-season under his belt, he will now look to kick on. Moreover, the club-record signing of Riyad Mahrez for £60m now gives the manager even more options to choose from and further increases the gap between themselves and the fighting pack for the title.

With both clubs having different aspirations and targets this season, let’s have a look at a combined XI.

Emery: Arsenal lacked belief in Manchester City defeat

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With nothing left to play for but a top four finish, Manchester City and Arsenal lock horns on Sunday in the Premier League in their penultimate game of the campaign. But which players have performed well over the course of the season to get into a combined XI ?

A Manchester City dominated eleven as they play host to Arsenal on Sunday. With both teams possessing an array of talented players, we take into account both their stars to form a combined eleven (4-1-4-1).

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