Arsenal's Danny Welbeck training at left-back amid injury crisis

Arsenal's Danny Welbeck training at left-back amid injury crisis

Welbeck, 27, has traditionally played in more advanced positions during his career, but with Sead Kolasinac out for two months with a knee injury and Nacho Monreal also unavailable for their Premier League opener against Manchester City on Sunday, Emery has been toying with using the England worldwide as a left-back.

Aaron Ramsey is an injury doubt but could start, and against such a creative opposition Emery may push Granit Xhaka into a slightly more advanced role to the left of a 4-3-3.

It was a chastening introduction to the Premier League for new Arsenal manager Unai Emery, who has replaced Arsene Wenger following the Frenchman's 22-year reign.

It is definitely a truism that Arsenal seem to roll over when faced by the big teams, and you can't get much bigger than Man City at the moment.

The German should be flanked by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the left and Henrikh Mkhitaryan on the right.

But on the evidence of this composed display, City have every chance of emulating their rivals' achievement.

De Bruyne's fellow Belgium worldwide Vincent Kompany is also on the bench, meaning January arrival Aymeric Laporte starts alongside John Stones at the back.

The Big Match Tactical View: Arsenal v Manchester City
He featured prominently for Spain at the World Cup this summer, but failed to exert his influence during the tournament. Pep Guardiola's team are fancied once more, and who'd put it past them to be lifting the title again in May.

Wenger departed having managed more matches than any manager in Premier League history - winning three league titles and a record seven FA Cup championships in his remarkable career, according to the Premier League site.

Lacazette and Ozil both had late strikes correctly disallowed for offside, and there is enough to suggest that this Arsenal side will improve.

Bernardo Silva killed off Arsenal in the second half with this lovely, powerful finish.

Pep Guardiola saluted Manchester City's stars for shaking off their World Cup fatigue as the champions made a flying start to the Premier League campaign with a 2-0 win against Arsenal.

They need to be positive going forward, and be very assured in possession. That said though this is still a tricky opener for the Champions.

Arsenal should forget the fact that City won the league nearly flawlessly last season, and go into the game with the belief that they are beatable. "He has this experience for continuing to defend our goal", Emery said.

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