Published: Mon, August 13, 2018
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Manchester City make Emery suffer in his Premier League debut

Manchester City make Emery suffer in his Premier League debut

"Emery has had longer with his team than anyone else - they've largely all been together for the whole of pre-season - and they could potentially cause an upset against City on day one".

A more aggressive press was in evidence and drew appreciation from the crowd but the tactic of playing out from the back - Cech looking particularly uneasy - played horribly into the hands of a City side who delight in hounding their opponents into mistakes.

The Spaniard will need time to make his mark on a moribund club and, while Arsenal couldn't be faulted for effort against City, there was precious little quality about their play. Unfortunately, we lacked invention to find the killer pass.

John Stones (8.5/10): A commendable performance from Stones, who marshalled his side's back-four quite well with some excellent tackles and interceptions.

"In general to be at this moment of the season, with the desire to run and run, it was the same last season". Last season we were so happy.

City began the game without David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne, two stars of last year's record-breaking season, and Guardiola believes rotation will be crucial if City are to repeat their 100 point haul.

Those that know him say Emery watches 12 hours of video for each game, and you can expect the Arsenal players to watch a good few hours too preparing for this match. "To understand the other guys... everyone is going to play a lot of minutes and, in every moment, they have to be ready". They show me on the green stuff (the pitch). For me it's very important he stays with us. The best way to defend it is to be calm.

Both deeper central midfielders were not effective enough for them to shine throughout the game and put in a commanding performance. And we count on him.


One difference for City this season is the presence of Benjamin Mendy at left-back.

That difference was clear in a one-sided first-half. "Hopefully we can convince him to be calm and forget the social media!"

Unai Emery's first match in charge of Arsenal comes with the added pressure of it being against Manchester City, the team to beat in England. Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira are options there, as Emery will want the second midfielder to be the anchorman for the team.

"I said many times, of course our average level is high but I have a feeling, still, that we can improve".

"Today is the first step".

"He was good in training", Guardiola said. Together I think we can improve, to win in our way. This process is normal.

Walker and Mendy are two of the most attack-minded full-backs in English football, with Walker, in particular, devastating down City's right at the Emirates.

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