OK, City beat us in both the league games last season and then there was the League Cup final humbling but there is every reason to feel confident about this game.

For starters there is a different manager which means a different mentality and that alone will be a massive change from last season, there are new players as well including a bit of experience in the defence.

Of course, City is a class act, they easily won the title last season but Liverpool showed what you can do if you play City at their own game and that is hopefully what Emery will instruct the players to do today.

City can be beaten but Ozil needs to step up and lead in the midfield, him and Ramsey must counter the threat posed by de Bruyne and Silva by being as much as a threat to the City defence as what the City midfielders will be to our defence.

Lacazette and Aubameyang simply have to be clinical in front of the goal and take the chances that come their way.

Mkhitaryan can turn any game and this is the perfect opportunity for him to show what he is truly capable of.

Torreira faces a baptism of fire but he can be to us what Fernandinho is to City if he is then City will struggle to dominate the midfield area.

Bottom line is this, if our players play to their true ability then there is no reason why we cannot get at least a draw, if not a win, from this game.

On paper we have just as good a team as City, the difference is that the City players play better as a team, are more organised, are more clinical and far more confident but that was last season, this season we have a chance to send a message to the rest of the league, that we are a new Arsenal under new management and that we are genuine contenders.

Team News

Arsenal

Aaron Ramsey is in contention and is back in training after suffering a calf problem

With Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac are out, which means there could be a surprise start for Danny Welbeck at left back.

Kolasinac and Koscielny are long-term absentees

Predicted line up

Leno
Maitland-Niles
Sokratis
Mustafi
Bellerín
Torreira
Ramsey
Lacazette
Özil
Mkhitaryan
Aubameyang

Man City

Riyad Mahrez is set to make his first Premier League debut for City.

Raheem Sterling and Kevin de Bruyne have been passed fit, while left-back Benjamin Mendy could start his first league game nearly a year.

Predicted line up

Ederson
Mendy
Laporte
Stones
Walker
Silva
Fernandinho
Bruyne
Sané
Agüero
Mahrez

Predicted Scoreline

Arsenal 3-2 Man City