Manchester City will nominate its strongest XI for its first match of the Premier League 2018/19 season at Arsenal on Sunday.City has experienced a bumpy pre-seaosn campaign with several key stars returning late from their holidays after the World Cup. However, the full team returned to training and last weekend's 2-0 win in the Community Shield suggests that Pep Guardiola's men will be in a menacing mood from the start. Kevin De Bruyne lost the fight, but is expected to start against the Gunners in the Emirates. The Belgian midfielder has faced a difficult period in Russia 2018, forcing him to play a deeper role in the start of Roberto Martinez. Guardiola will restore De Bruyne in his favorite role with the license to attack, and could start alongside Bernardo Silva in contrast to David Silva.Bernardo has strongly impressed throughout the pre-season with Guardiola, claiming to be a guaranteed starter for City. Leroy Sane and Riyad Mahrez should start on both sides although Raheem Sterling is back from England in "perfect" conditions according to the city boss. Sergio Aguero will continue to lead the line despite the persistence of Gabriel Jesus to push for a run in the first team. The Argentine striker scored twice at Wembley against Chelsea, proving he still has the clarity of being the main man in the city at the start of the new campaign. In defense, Benjamin Mendy has returned soon from Holidays to be ready after a long injury that has cut its first season of debut. Kyle Walker will start right back while John Stones seems certain to start defending. Aymeric Laporte and Nicolas Otamendi will battle for the last place in the starting XI, with the first at the head of the race after the start of the last race week. Guardiola will anticipate a tough test against the Uni Emery Gunners, but will also be ready to shake off the nerves of the start of the season with a convincing victory in the north of London. Member of Manchester City deployed against Arsenal: (4-1-4-1) Ederson; Kyle Walker, John Stones, Aymeric Laporte, Benjamin Mendy; Fernandinho; Riyad Mahrez, Bernardo Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sane; Sergio Aguero.