The Gunners' preparations have been punctuated by injuries, suspensions and sales, yet Cleverley warns that Arsene Wenger's side will remain a threat.
Tom told United Review: "Even though Arsenal have lost a few players they have young ones coming through who are big talents – just look at Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey – and there are plenty of others who are comfortable on the ball.
"I definitely still see Arsenal as a threat, and we’re viewing this game as a massive test. Historically, it’s a massive fixture, and I don’t think that’s changed."
The Gunners will be missing, among others, Jack Wilshere for Sunday's match. The England international was a revelation at the Emirates Stadium last term, and Cleverley admits he is keen to emulate his former England Under-21 colleague.
"Jack did fantastically well last year – it was a bit of a freak season for him, really," says Cleverley. "But I wasn’t surprised by it because I know the quality he’s got from playing with him for England Under-21s.
"He made that central midfield position his own at Arsenal, and I want to do the same at this club. I’ve never played against Jack in a competitive match and it’s a shame he’s not fit. If we’d been up against each other it could have been a good tussle!"
Read Cleverley's full interview in Sunday's edition of United Review.