Arsenal Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Manchester City

Unai Emery will take charge of his first competitive match as Arsenal head coach on Sunday when the Gunners face Manchester City at Emirates Stadium.

Emery is set to pit his wits against Pep Guardiola and the reigning champions, who are favourites for the Premier League title this season.

Arsenal have added to their squad this summer with the signings of Bernd Leno, Sokratis, Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi and Stephan Lichtsteiner, and they will be hoping to build on last season's sixth-placed finish under former manager Arsene Wenger.

Arsenal injuries

Aaron Ramsey has returned to training but left-back Sead Kolasinac is out for 8-10 weeks with a knee injury.

Long-term absentee Laurent Koscielny is aiming to return to training at the end of the year.

Arsenal suspensions

Arsenal have no suspensions for this game.

Possible Arsenal starting line-up

Emery could hand debuts to Leno, Sokratis and Torreira while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette look set to start in attack.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan may start in the inside right position while Granit Xhaka could partner new boy Torreira in midfield.

Arsenal XI

Man City team news

City have avoided any pre-season injuries with long-term absentee Benjamin Mendy back in the fold.

New signing Riyad Mahrez is likely to make his debut, while the likes of Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus, Sergio Aguero and Bernado Silva make up the mouth-watering attacking options for Pep Guardiola's side.

TV coverage & kick-off time

Kick-off is 4pm BST (11am ET) on Sunday August 12, and the game will be shown on Sky Sports in the United Kingdom. It will be shown on NBC in the United States, and on various channels around the world.

Best Opta match facts

  • Arsenal are beginning a league season against the reigning top-flight champions for the first time since the 1970-71 campaign, when they drew 2-2 at Everton on the opening day.

  • Manchester City are unbeaten in their last nine opening Premier League fixtures (W8 D1), winning the last seven in a row.

  • Arsenal are without a victory in their last five league meetings with Manchester City (D2 L3), and have won just two of their last 12 against the Citizens (D5 L5).

  • This will be the first time Arsenal and Man City have met on the opening day of the season since 1994-95, when the Gunners won 3-0 at Highbury under George Graham.

  • At the Emirates, Arsenal have enjoyed just one win in their last six league clashes with Man City (D3 L2), courtesy of a 2-1 win in December 2015.

  • Pep Guardiola and Unai Emery met 10 times in all competitions during their spells in Spain, with Guardiola never losing in those meetings (W6 D4 L0).