Arsenal and Manchester City face each other in the opening fixture of their Premier League campaigns on Sunday, 12th August, 08:30 PM (IST).
—Premier League and Ligue 1 return
—Arsenal vs. Manchester City
This weekend 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/ANVZQeGg7x
— B/R Football (@brfootball) August 10, 2018
The opening weekend of the Premier League has launched up a very appealing match as Arsenal take on Manchester City at the Emirates on Sunday. City open their title defence against Unai Emery‘s Gunners – who are headed towards the latest season by a new manager for the first time in 22 years.
Here, we pick the Combined XI among the stars of both the teams for their upcoming Premier League tie.
Goalkeeper – Ederson Moares (Manchester City)
— Ederson Moraes (@edersonmoraes93) August 5, 2018
The 24-year-old goalkeeper was one of the best performers in the Premier League last season as he kept 16 clean sheets. Ederson definitely gets the nod ahead of Leno and Cech.
Right Centre-Back – Kyle Walker (Manchester City)
— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) August 6, 2018
Kyle Walker has stepped his game up to another level under Pep Guardiola, becoming a key player for both his club and country.
Centre-back – John Stones (Manchester City)
John Stones in midfield leading up to the goal… pic.twitter.com/R3FuzeS1av
— City Watch (@City_Watch) August 5, 2018
John Stones comes to the city squad after starting every game for England in the World Cup this year. The 24-year-old seems to have improved remarkably since the turn of this year.
Left Centre-back – Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City)
— Nicolas Otamendi (@Notamendi30) August 6, 2018
A sure starter for City and Argentina, Nicolas Otamendi has been a rock at the back for the past three years.
Left Midfield – Leroy Sane (Manchester City)
— Leroy Sané (@LeroySane19) August 5, 2018
Leroy Sane is one of the most promising youngsters in the world. The 22-year-old German winger is a constant threat from the left flank.
Centre Defensive Midfield – Lucas Torreira (Arsenal)
🗣️ “I wanted to pick 34 but It was already taken by Xhaka. I chose #11 because it’s the day of my birthday and I will get the chance to sit next to Mesut Özil in the dressing room.”
– Lucas Torreira pic.twitter.com/MjsEWXBRnk
— AFTV (@AFTVMedia) August 4, 2018
Lucas Torreira joins Arsenal after proving himself as one of the best midfielders in Serie A last season and even more impressive performance in the World Cup with Uruguay this year.
Centre Midfield – Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
Bit tired after the game, but happy with our first trophy 😝😂🏆 pic.twitter.com/sIbfRRJ2oS
— Kevin De Bruyne (@DeBruyneKev) August 6, 2018
The Belgian midfielder was one of the most impressive players in the Premier League last season. Kevin De Bruyne is set for yet another amazing campaign for City after returning from a remarkable World Cup campaign this year with Belgium.
Centre Attacking Midfield – Mesut Ozil (Arsenal)
— Stuart MacFarlane (@Stuart_PhotoAFC) August 11, 2018
Mesut Ozil, who is in the heart of controversy after retiring from the German National team due to racism, looks set to be the key player for the Gunners for another season after encouraging performances in the pre-season friendlies. The playmaker captained the Gunners against PSG and scored the opener.
Right Midfield – Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Arsenal)
Mkhitaryan living his best life today pic.twitter.com/1XfZQ2HpK1
— Miriti Murungi (@NutmegRadio) August 4, 2018
Henrikh Mkhitaryan has come into the squad this year as probably the fittest player in the team. The 29-year-old Armenian midfielder is set to thrive under the new system.
Striker – Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
Sergio Aguero scores his 200th goal for Man City 🔥 pic.twitter.com/n0Brq6augl
— B/R Football (@brfootball) August 5, 2018
Sergio Aguero comes to the match after scoring a brace against Chelsea to lift the Community shield just last week. One of the best ever strikers in the Premier League coming in hot form is bad news for the Gunners.
Striker – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)
Mood of the day 👌🏽🔋🔥 pic.twitter.com/GczAJCzFRk
— Aubameyang P-E (@Aubameyang7) July 31, 2018
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was phenomenal in the latter part of the previous season for the Gunners. The 29-year-old striker is tipped to be one of the front-runners for the golden boot award this season.