Replacing Arsene Wenger as Arsenal manager after 22 years at the helm was going to be tricky in itself, but Unai Emery’s introduction to English football and the Premier League has seen him thrown in at the deep end. The Gunners host champions Manchester City on Sunday afternoon before travelling across London to Chelsea next weekend, and the number of points picked up will certainly give an indication as to whether they are capable of challenging for the league title.
The minimum that Emery will be expected to achieve with his squad is a return to Champions League football after finishing sixth last season – the spine of the Londoners’ squad has been improved and results should certainly be more inconsistent.
The Spaniard’s record against his compatriot Pep Guardiola is poor, though, and he did not win in 10 occasions when the pair were at Valencia and Barcelona respectively. More recently, the 46-year-old has shown his tactical acumen by winning three consecutive Europa Leagues with Sevilla and the domestic treble with Paris Saint-Germain. Having conceded nine times in their past three meeting against City, it will be interesting to see how Arsenal set-up against the country’s best attacking side.
The Premier League champions are once again strong favourites with the bookies to become the first side since Manchester United in 2009 to win back-to-back crowns – they are 1.55 with Tipbet to do so, and Liverpool (4.30) are widely expected to be their nearest challengers having invested heavily over the summer.
Given their dominance in 2017/18 City only signed Riyad Mahrez in the summer market, and the former Leicester City winger will add an even greater attacking threat to a team that broke the 100-point barrier for the first time.
There are a huge 139 markets at Tipbet.com for this game, as well as unique promotions. City are 1.90 to leave the Emirates with three points, while there is likely to be lots of chances and both teams finding the net can be bet on at 1.50. Arsenal are at 3.85, though a draw (also 3.85) would kick-off the Emery era nicely.