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Should Arsenal be quietly confident against Man City?

12 August, 2018, 23:37 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
  • Emery takes charge of his first competitive game as Arsenal boss. GOAL

Deployed as a lone striker this season, his hunt for goals begins against Premier League champions Manchester City at the Emirates.

Bernardo Silva's second-half stunner helped Manchester City open the defence of their Premier League title with a 2-0 win at Arsenal. Kevin de Bruyne, Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus, Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi only made the bench, the majority due to their involvement in the World Cup.

"First game of the season, away at Arsenal with a new manager after 20 years?"

When asked if City had fashioned a flawless performance, Guardiolan told the BBC's Match Of The Day: "Yes". Although it's obvious he wants Arsenal to play the ball out from the back, one wonders if a more direct approach might have enabled them to bypass City's midfield. And it felt like they seamlessly continued that form as they comfortably defeated an Arsenal side looking slightly disjointed in their first competitive match under Unai Emery.

Guendouzi, a £8million signing from French side Lorient, was handed a surprise Premier League debut against the reigning champions City. Not only are Manchester City the title-holders, but they are still unquestionably the team to beat this season.

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And the Arsenal manager has suggested that Cech will remain as his No.1 for the time being. Midfielder Aaron Ramsey is a doubt for the fixture. He looked uncomfortable with the ball at his feet and seemed to suffer from a lack of confidence after conceding the opener. A golden moment for Aguero to double City's advantage. but the Argentine makes a mess of it! The former Borussia Dortmund man arguably looked livelier playing from the flank in the second half.

In the end it mattered little.

The report also mentions that Arsenal are believed to be discussing a new contract with Ramsey, although this has not been officially confirmed as of yet.

"I think they deserved this result, but we were improving during the 90 minutes like I think we need for next week and the next match", Emery said at a news conference.

Guardiola took time to settle too, but he answered his critics last season and his team's performance in the Community Shield suggested that they are raring to go once more. Inevitably, you can make a few mistakes. "Hopefully we can convince him to be calm and forget the social media!"

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