Published: Mon, August 13, 2018
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Manchester City too strong for Arsenal and Unai Emery

Manchester City too strong for Arsenal and Unai Emery

Emery has promised to take Arsenal in a "new way" after replacing Arsene Wenger in May and there were some signs of it here, although the reigning champions proved to be too strong for the Gunners on their way to a 2-0 win.

The biggest concern for the Arsenal boss was Aaron Ramsey's involvement in the game, owing to the Welshman's recent absence due to a calf injury. But.

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.

Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva scored the goals that sealed three points and capped a dominant performance.

Arsenal started well, pressing and harrying City, but Guardiola's men absorbed the early pressure and eased their way to ascendancy.

"I am happy with the players", Emery said. Who knows, they could be City's greatest challenge if they come through the first two fixtures unscathed. We spoke at half-time about taking more responsibility for the second half, to do a little more. "We are a strong team, after that we will see".

"We wanted to build with the ball and break their lines".

Welbeck has struggled for regular football since joining from Manchester United in 2015, making only 12 starts in the top flight last season. And we count on him.

It was a baptism of fire for new Arsenal manager Unai Emery, who was left in no uncertain terms about the gulf in quality between his resources and those Guardiola at Guardiola's disposal. The French full-back claimed an assist for Silva's goal but Guardiola says he has a lot to improve.

Wenger left Arsenal in a mess after last season's sixth place finish and Emery acknowledged the gulf in class between City and his team showed how much work he could do. For me it's very important he stays with us. Leno is starting with us, he's working very well and played well in pre-season but he can wait for his moment.

"We want the competition between the goalkeepers and also every player in the squad", Emery said in a post-match news conference.

The Spaniard will need time to reshape the team and, given the warm applause from numerous home fans still in Emirates Stadium by the final whistle, the majority of supporters are encouraged enough to afford it.

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