Arsenal wants to win ugly against Man City

Arsenal host Man City on the opening weekend of the EPL this Sunday. Here are 3 things to consider ahead of the season-commencing, tantalising tie.

For the first time in 20 years, Arsena begins the season under a new regime, a new era.

**Arsenal are on top of the league

Yes, it is crazy to even compare Arsenal to Man City, but for a team that finished in 6th place last year, Arsenal have made some crucial additions and should be looking to climb up the table. In comparison, City have only added one player to their squad, Riyad Mahrez, and will be without many of their World Cup stars.

**Winning ugly

If Arsenal stands any chance at winning this weekend’s game, it will be winning it ugly. City had the best combination of offensive power and defensive strength last year.

With Unai Emery now at the helm, a far more realistic and pragmatic coach than Arsene Wenger, we would expect the team will try anything possible to disrupt City’s offense and make things very ugly very early on, playing more defenisvely and conservatively.

New signing Lucas Torreira is a testament to that mindset. Don’t let his small stature fool you, he has just as much ability to send someone flying to the side as Sead Kolasinac does. That is why Torreira is key to this game, and any other game against other top-tier sides. Torreira’s blend of physical discipline in front of the back four and creative deep-lying playmaker skills are key to Arsenal’s defence and playing out from under pressure.

Although Arsenal did not improve much in defence over the summer, the addition of Torreira should be seen as a direct answering of questions surrounding their defensive vulnerabilities that gave up 51 goals. Winning ugly is better than losing beautifully. We hope Emery shares those same thoughts because the same can’t be said for Wenger.

**Aubameyang’s first full season

Aubameyang is the answer to Arsenal’s troubles upfront in the same way Torreira should answer some questions at the other end. Aubameyang scores goals. He makes a difference and alters the way defences play against Arsenal. His pace is terrifying. His anticipation and positioning are lethal. His goalscoring nous is special. Those are all facts and are all reasons why Aubameyang is key to the upcoming season.

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