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GETTY Wright reckons Naby Keita will be a big player for Liverpool

The first round of Premier League fixtures have already kicked off and the biggest game of the weekend is arguably between Arsenal and Manchester City. After years of Arsenal largely playing the same way regardless of the opposition, Emery's approach at the Emirates will be somewhat more reactive.

Sterling and Mendy outnumbered Bellerin on the right, with the French defender's cross picking out Silva, who cleverly peeled away from his marker Stephan Lichtsteiner to fire past the exposed Cech. Guardiola's side looked unstoppable for the first half an hour but then took their foot off the gas and allowed Arsenal back into it, although they won at a canter. With the addition of Mahrez, they have an even better squad than they did last season.

Raheem Sterling opened the scoring with a cool finish early in the first half before Bernardo Silva lashed in City's second after the interval, leaving Guardiola to sing the champions' praises.

FW Mesut Ozil, 6 - After the fallout from the World Cup, Ozil would have had every motivation to make a positive impact upon this game.

Welbeck faces serious competition to get in the side in his usual forward position with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Henrikh Mkhitaryan all first-choice players in attacking positions.

Defence: Laurent Koscielny is obviously out with a long-term Achilles injury and Calum Chambers has been sent on loan to Fulham for the season. The centre-back pairing, consisting of John Stones, Aymeric Laporte, Vincent Kompany or Nicolas Otamendi is likely to have a tough afternoon ahead. The title is City's to lose, but they'll be hoping for more than just back-to-back championships in England.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles came on for Kolasinac after he was hurt in Arsenal's 1-1 draw with Chelsea on August 1 and Emery said following the match he would not rule out using the 20-year-old against City. In an ideal world both would start but I'm not sure we can afford that luxury against a team like Man City. "I didn't intentionally go in to make a bad challenge", he added.

Last season, City were hailed by many as one of the greatest Premier League sides and with good reason after Guardiola's men bulldozed their way to the title and smashed the league's points record. That said though this is still a tricky opener for the Champions.

Liverpool have had to wait a year to get Naby Keita after sealing the deal to bring him from RB Leipzig 12 months ago, but on the evidence of a storming display from the Guinean in Sunday's 4-0 thrashing of West Ham it'll be worth the wait.

"Today, Cech played good and he has this experience of defending our goal".

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