• City manager says players must remember triumphs of 2017-18
• ‘The important thing is to be there and to be ourselves’
Pep Guardiola believes he is close to implanting the ideal culture at Manchester City and says the key to a “magnificent” follow-up to last season’s record title triumph is not to forget it but to remember precisely how that was achieved.
Guardiola takes his team to Arsenal for Sunday’s late game, as City set out in defence of the title they won with a 19-point margin over second-placed Manchester United. As he prepared to head back to London the Catalan cited the 2-0 Community Shield victory over Chelsea at Wembley as evidence of the focus with which his players have started the campaign.