Arsenal face a tough challenge today, as the Gunners host reigning Premier League champions Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners may have experienced a few difficult campaigns in the English top-flight. However, one facet of the north London side that has stayed stable is their form at home in the Premier League.
The Emirates Stadium a tough ground for opposition teams
The Gunners finished last season by winning seven of their eight games at the Emirates Stadium. The exception to that run was a 3-0 defeat by Sunday’s opponents Manchester City, who produced a sublime display in north London.
There was no shame in that particular defeat, though, as most teams in the Premier League suffered a loss quite similar experience against the Citizens last season.
Prolific on home soil
Arsenal always have a hope of winning any game on home soil simply because of their potent attack. The Gunners have found the net at least twice in nine of their last ten outings at the Emirates Stadium in the top-flight.
In truth, most of those games have been against inferior opposition. However, with the attacking players at the Gunners disposal like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan all available to boss Unai Emery.
Manchester City are difficult to score against, as it is extremely hard to score against a team that always has the ball. For City, the best form of defence is attacking and keeping the ball. Arsenal have the players to punish the City defence if they make any mistakes if they can win the ball back at some point that is.
It will not be an easy game for Manchester City
This is unlikely to be an easy game for the reigning champions. It will be fascinating to see how differently Arsenal plays in a competitive game under Emery to the old Wenger regime.
Preseason is very different to when the actual real action kicks off. Emery could not have asked for a tougher game to start his Arsenal reign with, apart from maybe an away game at the Etihad Stadium.
Emery will arrive knowing that the Gunners can give most teams a game on home soil. You get the impression that an Emery team is unlikely to lie down easily at home, even against the league champions. Today’s game promises lots of entertainment, and hopefully, the Gunners can kick-off the new league campaign with a victory.
Can Arsenal kick-off the new Premier League with a positive result?