No quick fix for Arsenal: Emery era begins with loss to City

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"My first message [to the players] is clear", Emery said.

Arsenal have plenty of options in attack, and Emery, to bring the best out of Mesut Ozil, will likely place him in his preferred No. 10 position.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the new Arsenal kit.

Emery's men struggled to break down a typically solid City back four, which possessed the new centre-back partnership of Laporte and John Stones.


Raheem Sterling opened the scoring with a clinical finish early in the first half and Bernardo Silva's thunderous strike capped a City success that served as a resounding warning to their title rivals.

Sterling and Mendy outnumbered Bellerin on the right, with the French defender's cross picking out Silva, who cleverly peeled away from his marker Stephan Lichtsteiner to fire past the exposed Cech. The same when we are thinking defensively, I want our strikers to be thinking: "We need to protect the goalkeepers". It's important to look at the bigger picture, I mean hey, 2-0 is better than 3-0. Monreal, however, came back from the World Cup with a knock and was unable to take part in any pre-season training or matches since his return.

Wenger departed having managed more matches than any manager in Premier League history - winning three league titles and a record seven FA Cup championships in his remarkable career, according to the Premier League site.

It was worth noting that Arsenal were largely wasteful in their counterattacking attempts as a lot of chances went to waste because of poor execution in the final third.


As for Arsenal, it is a fresh start for a squad that finished in sixth last season, its worst finish since the 1994-95 season, two years before Arsene Wenger took over as manager. Ederson, meanwhile, has a very long kick he's not afraid to showcase, despite City's focus on possession.

"It wasn't easy because they started the second half very strong". It was a fantastic game for us, so now we have to keep going.

Arsenal and Manchester City will meet on Sunday in the Premier League's marquee match of week 1.

Matteo Guendouzi and Sokratis Papastathopoulos make their Premier League debuts in Unai Emery's Arsenal bow, with Riyad Mahrez put straight into the Manchester City team by Pep Guardiola. That said though this is still a tricky opener for the Champions.


I don't think this game will be a tale of Arsenal's season, and I wouldn't write off their chances against Chelsea either. "He has this experience for continuing to defend our goal", Emery said.

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