Emery hailed him as a player who adapts remarkably fast and singled him out as a top quality addition to his outfit. Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling start on the flanks. He might change his approach and return to Bernardo Silva here, perhaps in place of De Bruyne. And while this is obviously because the pair play in similar midfield roles, plenty of Arsenal fans have noticed that the new arrival also bears a striking resemblance to the outgoing Welsh global. The question is; Who will he replace?
New signing Denis Suarez is expected to be on the bench, as Emery will likely go with a four-man midfield of Granit Xhaka, Matteo Guendouzi, Lucas Torreira and Aaron Ramsey, meaning Mesut Ozil will have to contend with a place on the bench. That could be risky if Benjamin Mendy returns, as has been rumoured, but Fabian Delph is less of a threat.
However, Unai Emery has named both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette in attack as Arsenal look to keep pace with fourth-placed Chelsea with a victory. Ederson's sweeping might be crucial in Manchester City's gameplan, although he has made some needless errors when coming out of his goal this season.
Snow to hit London tonight as Southeastern warns of busier peak trains
Details: A band of rain will arrive from the southwest on Thursday afternoon, quickly turning to snow and becoming heavy at times. Snow is likely to settle, meaning Friday could be a snow day for many, but some uncertainty remains, Mr Burkill said.
"They have lost some matches but I think that was an accident".
Man City are now five points adrift of Liverpool and dropped to third after Tottenham's win today but they can regain second with a win and close the gap to two points ahead of the Merseysiders' trip to West Ham on Monday night. City has its eyes on the title, while the Gunners hope to finish the weekend in the top four.
"One thing no one knows about me is that when I was little and I used to watch the Premier League on the TV, Arsenal were a team that really inspired me", he told the club's official website. Last season, they averaged 2.79 goals per game compared with 2.63 this term. Their last league away win was at Bournemouth (1-2) at the end of November. Manchester City, however, have been at their consistent best since, and their latest loss against Newcastle in midweek is only going to spur them on. When a lot of teams play with a very deep block, it's because they need to play like that and can also have chances to win. That won't be easy, and getting anything less than seven points could put them in a super tough spot midway through the month.