Unai Emery praises Pep Guardiola's Manchester City before their first match in the Arsenal Premier League

Unai Emery begins the life of the Premier League with Arsenal against the Manchester City champions

Unai Emery praises Pep Guardiola's Manchester City before the first game of the Arsenal Premier League against the reigning champions

  • Unai Emery takes charge of the first game of the Premier League against Manchester City
  • Sunday's game faces the Spaniard against his old adversary Pep Guardiola
  • Emery could not win any of his 10 matches with Guardiola's Barcelona when he was in charge of Valencia, losing six and drawing four.
  • But the new head of the Gunners is optimistic. The Arsenal can surprise the reigning champions

Adam Crafton for MailOnline

Arsenal manager Unai Emery praised Pep Guardiola's achievements in the game as he prepares for a baptism of fire against Manchester City Premier League champions on Sunday.

The Spanish coach takes over the Gunners in the English first division for the first time and the assignments are not much harder than those of a City team that won the league by 19 points last season.

Emery faced the Barcelona team of Guardiola 10 times when he was manager of Valencia and could not win any of their matches, lost six and tied four, but insists that his team can beat City.

Unai Emery begins the life of the Premier League with Arsenal against the Manchester City champions

Unai Emery begins the life of the Premier League with Arsenal against the Manchester City champions

Emery issues instructions for the Arsenal train at London Colney before the Man City game

Emery issues instructions for the Arsenal train at London Colney before the Man City game

Emery issues instructions for the Arsenal train at London Colney before the Man City game

Emery faced Guardiola 10 times when Valencia coach, but could not win any of the matches

Emery faced Guardiola 10 times when Valencia coach, but could not win any of the matches

Emery faced Guardiola 10 times when Valencia coach, but could not win any of the matches

"It's easier to talk here than to do it in the field," Emery said.

"After two years with Guardiola, today they have more stability and security, and when they watch their games, they play with great confidence in themselves and I also think that Guardiola's training is clear in this team.

"That's why we're working this week, preparing for this game and preparing for the opposition, above all, it's about trusting ourselves to make the best combination on Sunday.

"I am 46 years old, he is 47. He started his career as a player bigger than I. His coaching career is bigger than me.

Emery shakes the hand of teenager Arsenal player Emile Smith Rowe in training

Emery shakes the hand of teenager Arsenal player Emile Smith Rowe in training

Emery shakes the hand of teenager Arsenal player Emile Smith Rowe in training

Unai vs Pep

Unai Emery faced Pep Guardiola's Barcelona 10 times as manager of Valencia. He did not win any meetings.

The League unless indicated

2008-09

Barcelona 4-0 Valencia

Valencia 2-2 Barcelona

2009-10

Valencia 0-0 Barcelona

Barcelona 3-0 Valencia

2010-11

Barcelona 2-1 Valencia

Valencia 0-1 Barcelona

2011-12

Valencia 2-2 Barcelona

Valencia 1-1 Barcelona

(Copa del Rey semifinal, first stage)

Barcelona 2-0 Valencia

(Copa del Rey semifinal, second stage)

Barcelona 5-1 Valencia

"We started at the same time as the coaches, their statistics are better than I. I like to play because the preparation is demanding, to try to beat their teams and when we were in Spain, every game against Barcelona for Valencia and Sevilla it was very exciting.

& # 39; Sunday is the same. We have a lot of ambition I want to show and give ambition to our players. "

Emery, speaking at his pregame press conference, added that Arsenal will now unload just three more players after the close of the British transfer window, with Danny Welbeck likely to stay.

Emery said: "Carl Jenkinson, Joel Campbell and David Ospina have chances to leave, tomorrow we train at the Emirates Stadium with the rest of the team."

The manager also insisted that Stan Kroenke's total purchase of the club should be considered positive. The Arsenal Supporters & # 39; Trust insists that they are "totally against the takeover".

Emery added: "I met the Kroenke family in Atlanta, he gave us his commitment to this project, for me, this news is positive, his commitment to Arsenal is the most important."

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