Published: Sun, August 12, 2018

EPL: What Unai Emery said about Aaron Ramsey’s future with Arsenal

EPL: What Unai Emery said about Aaron Ramsey’s future with Arsenal

Things got worse for Emery when Ainsley Maitland-Niles - only starting at left-back due to injuries to Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac - limped off to be replaced by another newcomer in Stephan Lichtsteiner.

Mahrez bent an effort just wide of the post as he looked to mark his Premier League debut for the champions with a goal with City taking nearly complete control of proceedings leading up to the interval. Even without key players the intensity and organisation of Guardiola's men could not be matched by Arsenal, just as it couldn't by Chelsea in last week's Community Shield.

While the rest of the league attempted to reload in order to give the Citizens a run for their money, Manchester City splashed plenty of cash of its own, signing winger Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City for a club-record $76.6 million.

City could have capitalised on a number of occasions, particularly in the first half, and it is questionable whether Arsenal have to personnel to play a high-risk game.

"We are excited", he said. Of course, against centre-backs as composed as John Stones and Aymeric Laporte, and a goalkeeper as confident as Ederson, actually winning possession is somewhat hard.


It's a fresh start for everyone at the club and what better way to continue the new found positivity surrounding Arsenal than with an opening day win against City. We were the best last season, definitely, there is no doubt about it.

Benjamin Mendy, the archetypal "like a new signing" after missing nearly his entire debut campaign through injury, sometimes overlapped and sometimes drifted inside to form a midfield diamond.

The former Everton starlet will start alongside Aymeric Laporte, whose lack of experience in the Premier League means that Stones will certainly have to take charge of the backline. However, Emery has never won a competitive match against Pep Guardiola. It included two Premier League fixtures and a League Cup final.

David Silva is out of Manchester City's clash with Arsenal. "I'm not rigid to stick to one formation or way of playing".

Cech is expected to be handed the armband tomorrow when Manchester City visit the Emirates for the first Arsenal game in 22 years not managed by Arsene Wenger. His clinical nayure and proper positioning will make him a threat for City, and he indeed is the one player to watch out for when the two sides meet.

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