Is this match Sixth v the Champions? No.
Is it Emery v Guardiola? No.
The new season starts very early on Friday night when Leicester play Manchester United but my Golden Rule of August remains valid: This season is not last season.
Meaning: a lot has changed in the last 50 weeks.
Meaning: last season has gone, it’s history.
Meaning: every first game is new and different.
Mick Quinn can’t score a hat-trick on Sunday because Mick is 56 and retired.
On August 14th 1993 the score at Highbury was Arsenal 0 Coventry 3 and Ian Wright said Mick’s hat-trick was the best finishing he’d ever seen.
Looks like Emery will be a demanding manager who makes early tactical switches if he doesn’t like the way a game is going.
Clearly, Man City is a tough first game to start his career as Arsenal Head Coach. City were far too sharp for Chelsea in the Community Shield. Full disclosure: the gap between the two teams was much bigger than I expected.
Even without Kante and Hazard, I thought Chelsea would be strong enough to give Pep’s champions a decent game. Not so.
City won 2-0 and walked it and teenager Phil Foden didn’t look out of place, supplying a nice pass for the exceptionally sharp Aguero to score the first of his two goals.
I’m really looking forward to Sunday’s first League game. And I probably haven’t said that since about 2008.
As ever, I will be paying more attention to what managers do, rather than what they say.
What will Emery do with your team? Will he be proactive with his substitutions? Antonio Conte waited far too long to use his bench at Chelsea but I’m sure Emery will not do that
Arsenal v Man City kicks off at 4pm on Sunday.
And ANR kicks off at 3pm when I’ll comment on his team selection.
Emery will already know his starting eleven and be working with them in training today.