It’s opening day of Arsenal’s season! If I were a baseball writer, I would be using this space to dust off all my hoary old cliches about how the start of the baseball season is a renewal of ritual as old as my grandpappy, on whose knee I used to listen to games on the radio when I was a little nipper, all the while connecting baseball to the experience of being a human in a way that really doesn’t make a lot of sense but that might get me a Nobel prize or something.
I’d also be listening to Jason Isbell.
But it’s soccer opening day, not baseball opening day, so none of that is happening. Instead, I’m watching other Premier League games and waiting excitedly for today’s kickoff, despite the fact that this game has all the hallmarks of a beating - new coach, new setup, and oh yeah, the opponent is the most dominant team in two decades.
Anyway, I’m hoping that Unai Emery’s era gets off to a good start and that, even if Arsenal don’t win, we start seeing exactly what will differentiate Emery from Wenger as Arsenal move into this next phase of their existence.
Arsenal vs Manchester City
Emirates Stadium, London
WHEN: Sunday, August 12th, 4PM BT | 11:00AM EST | 8:00AM PT
US TV: NBCSN
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Arsenal - Cech, Bellerin, Müstafi, Sokratis, Maitland-Niles, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Ramsey, Ezil, Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang
Manchester City - Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Mendy, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Bernardo, Mahrez, Sterling, Aguero
Your Champions’ line-up!— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 12, 2018
City XI | Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Mendy, Fernandinho (C), Gündogan, Bernardo, Mahrez, Sterling, Agüero
Subs | Bravo, Kompany, De Bruyne, Sané, Otamendi, Jesus, Foden
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