Arsenal’s opening game of the season pits us against champions Man City and Unai Emery’s first game in charge of the Gunners will see him lock horns with an old rival, Pep Guardiola.
The two know each other well from their time in La Liga, and it adds another little dimension to what is already an exciting, interesting fixture.
Emery was asked about their relationship at his first pre-game press conference earlier today, and he enjoys the challenge of facing the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss.
“I am 46 and he is 47,” he said. “His career as a player is bigger than mine and his career as a coach is also bigger than mine, but we started at the same moment, our career as coaches.
“His coaches, with statistics and data, is better than me also. But I like to play more against him because it’s demanding for your preparation, to try to win against his teams.
“When we were in Spain, for me, each match against Barcelona with Almeria and then with Valencia for four years, was very exciting and demanding.
“It’s for that reason that Sunday is the same for me here. A new experience, but with one work with a lot of ambition for me. I want to show and to give our players also this ambition.”
Meanwhile, on Sky Sports the Man City manager praised the prepartion skills of his opposite number, something which may well prove very useful on Sunday.
“Unai is a work ethic guy,” said Guardiola. “He knows absolutely everything about the opponents.
“He achieved something unique in the Europe, three Europa Leagues in a row. He is a top, top manager.
“It will be tough, and for me to challenge him again in England will be a good challenge for me.”