Arsenal vs. Manchester City - 8/12/2018 - Prediction & Preview

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Arsenal vs. Manchester City - 8/12/2018 - Prediction & Preview

While optimism is growing at Anfield, the same can not be said at last season's runners-up Manchester United who kick off the new season on Friday at home to Leicester City with a squad that is under-cooked, according to manager Jose Mourinho.

"If it's not their goal to win the league, why all the changes in the club?"

"We conceded a ridiculous number of goals around 50 or something which Arsenal hadn't done in maybe 15 years so one thing he's been working on unsurprisingly is making the team a bit more solid and better organised in that area".

Lehmann also gave a surprising compliment to Spurs by comparing them to the youthful Arsenal sides that he was a part of between 2003 and 2008. "Having played for Arsenal, you don't really like the local rival Tottenham that much", Lehmann said. There were a lot of positives in the pre-season games the Gunners played, especially the seamless induction of young players like Matteo Guendouzi and Emile Rowe Smith into the first team.

Arsenal have strengthened at the back though with German keeper Bernd Leno arriving from Bayer Leverkusen while former Juventus defender and Switzerland skipper Stephan Lichtsteiner and Greek Sokratis Papastathopoulos will add guile in defence. He must take more risks and continue his development. He does that - good.

Instead, they will have to rely on Shane Long, Charlie Austin and Manolo Gabbiadini to lead their line into the new season.

With the tactical prowess of Emery in sharp contrast to Arsene Wenger, his successor, you can expect the Gunners not to shy away from taking the game to Guardiola's men. "He has not given any proof of it", Lehmann was outright to analyze the custodian.

Injuries have blighted the striker's career, however he managed to make 43 appearances last season as he reaffirmed his place in the Gunners' side.

"I am always interested to see whether those players can actually become world class".

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