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Champions City are impressive winners at Arsenal

13 August, 2018, 01:33 | Author: Tommie Newton
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Wolves, Cardiff and Fulham were all taught about the harsh reality of the Premier League on Saturday as all three promoted sides failed to win their opening match.

Manchester City will look to start its title defense on the right foot after putting up one of the finest seasons in Premier League history past year as it put up an astounding 100 points by winning 32 of 38 matches.

City's strength in depth was illustrated when Mahrez made way for Kevin de Bruyne just before the hour mark. "I think in the second half we played more like we want".

And Guardiola twisted the knife by insisting City are still some way from their peak. "In the first half we needed less respect for City and then more aggressive pressing".

Mesut Ozil is likely to start in his preferred No.10 position against Manchester City.

Unai Emery might have found an intriguing solution to Arsenal's left-back problem, with Danny Welbeck having impressed there in training.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Matteo Guendouzi make their debuts in Unai Emery's competitive debut in charge of the Gunners. Had more to do in the second half but his clearances allowed City to keep their clean sheet.

Ilkay Gundogan (7/10): Tried his best to influence the game but was often isolated by the Arsenal midfielders. His impressive technique with the ball at his feet brought Petr Cech to shame.

Bernardo Silva doubled City's lead over Arsenal after dropping to the edge of the box and latching onto Benjamin Mendy's cross and Guardiola said that interplay epitomised what he wants from his squad players.

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Guendouzi made a shocking error, taking an air shot at a bouncing ball, allowing Aguero to run through on goal.

Arsenal still looked anxious and Cech nearly scored a freaky own goal when his miscued pass across the penalty area crept wide of his unguarded net.

In the end it mattered little.

The Sky Blues dominated the game right from the start and were rewarded with an early goal from Raheem Sterling.

Whereas other sides are struggling to find 11 fit players because of injuries and World Cup hangovers, Arsenal seem in decent shape for the new campaign.

"We feel that we could have got something from the game", he told BBC Sport. "In the second half, we forced them to make mistakes and we had some opportunities".

"We played a high level considering the lack of physical condition for numerous players who arrived back late after the World Cup", he said.

However, neither of those players started against Man City, and with the score at 2-0, the travelling support had a message for their team's opposition.



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