Published: Sun, August 12, 2018
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Arsenal vs. Manchester City live stream

Arsenal vs. Manchester City live stream

Pep Guardiola's side were a cut above the rest of the league last season and are deservedly favourites to be champions again and become the first team in a decade to retain the Premier League trophy.

Arsenal hosted Manchester City on the opening weekend of the Premier League season on Sunday afternoon.

However, Emery said his players grew into the game and had chances after the break to equalise. "Second half we got better".

"We arrived after a hard season [in 2016, when Guardiola had made a point of contacting Sterling during Euro 2016 to offer his support] and I told him I wanted to help him and would like him to be happy".

Petr Cech started in goal for Arsenal's defeat to Manchester City.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang starts up front, with Alexandre Lacazette among the subs. After years of Arsenal largely playing the same way regardless of the opposition, Emery's approach at the Emirates will be somewhat more reactive.

"It's a little frustrating to lose but we are a new team", he said. "And today is the first step in that".

"We have to continue working tactically and defensively, and also making shorter the difference between Manchester City and us".

He said: "We wanted to start here with our supporters". For me it's very important he stays with us. "Manchester City have given me a fantastic squad". "I've got to keep improving and getting more goals". "I think in the second half we played more like we want".

Experienced defender Per Mertesacker served as the Gunners' club captain before his retirement at the end of last season and now fellow centre-back Koscielny will take on the responsibility. "Also, Leno is starting with us. He played also good in the preseason, but he can wait for his moment to arrive".

Arsenal needs to be calm and composed in their play in order to avoid a repeat of the recurrent blunders that plagued the side last season.

That won't be expected this year as Arsenal could potentially be a force, particularly if Lucas Torreira adds that defensive bite to the midfield and Stephan Lichtsteiner adds his voice of authority to the changing room.

Sterling went past two weak challengers to put City ahead in the first quarter of an hour with his 50th league goal.

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