The Premier League gets underway this weekend after an 89 day absence and much emphasis will be on the game between Arsenal and Manchester City that takes place on Sunday afternoon.
Both clubs are at different stages of their life cycles. Former Paris Saint-Germain manager Unai Emery has taken over the reins at Arsenal from club legend Arsene Wenger in what will be a completely new experience for many Gunners fans.
The signings of Stephan Lichtsteiner, Bernd Leno, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Lucas Torreira have created some optimism within the club, but the off-the-pitch antics with Stan Kroenke might cause some disruption.
Pep Guardiola, meanwhile, starts his third season at the Etihad Stadium on the back of a record-winning Premier League season with much focus being on retaining the title and improving on their underwhelming Champions League campaign from last season.
The return of Benjamin Mendy from a long-term injury will feel like a new signing, as will Aymeric Laporte who struggled to cement himself in the starting XI but with a full pre-season under his belt, he will now look to kick on. Moreover, the club-record signing of Riyad Mahrez for £60m now gives the manager even more options to choose from and further increases the gap between themselves and the fighting pack for the title.
With both clubs having different aspirations and targets this season, let’s have a look at a combined XI.