DF Shkodran Mustafi, 6 - Arsenal have shown considerable faith with the German, retaining him as part of the back four despite a disastrous 2017-18 campaign. Going forward, things were made particularly hard for him by the absence of a natural left-back to lend him support.
The Spaniard starred for Pep Guardiola's side as they completely dominated the Premier League last season.
Initially Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva were the tipped partnership in the centre of midfield, however a prolonged rest for both players means the Portugal worldwide should enter the fray for the Sky Blues' season opener. As for Arsenal, there wasn't much creativity and Mesut Ozil was had a horrendous day.
What frustrated Arsenal fans most was that Emery started Xhaka ahead of the £27m summer signing Lucas Torreira, who was sat on the bench. Emery tends to shift between 4-3-3 and 4-2-3-1, but probably needs three solid midfielders against this City side.
Aubameyang's 10 goals in 14 games in all competitions, despite only joining in January, should remind everyone that he hasn't even got started yet.
City's desire to play open, attractive football could hardly be better exemplified than by our back four and goalkeeper in this game. Far from showing the kind of complacency that has affected recent title defences, City look more focused and sharper than before.
Crucial to this game's outcome is how Emery approaches his first game. Ederson, meanwhile, has a very long kick he's not afraid to showcase, despite City's focus on possession.
I fancy Arsenal to make a fast start, but for City to eventually overcome them. That said though this is still a tricky opener for the Champions.
"In the second half the team got better in the match but going down 2-0 closed our options down in the game".
Experienced defender Per Mertesacker served as the Gunners' club captain before his retirement at the end of last season and now fellow centre-back Koscielny will take on the responsibility.