Arsenal v Manchester City

Arsenal v Manchester City

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.

"We wanted to be professional, we wanted to make it serious like last season".

There's plenty more to come, but this was a pleasing start. Kevin de Bruyne, Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus, Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi only made the bench, the majority due to their involvement in the World Cup.

Raheem Sterling gave the visitors the lead inside 15 minutes when he cut inside Hector Bellerin before firing the ball past a near-motionless Petr Cech in the Arsenal goal. Sunday was the first real chance to see how Emery's Arsenal would play and for the most part, Gunners fans should be optimistic.

Gary Neville has warned Arsenal that Unai Emery will need four transfer windows to fix the team following their defeat to Manchester City on Sunday.

City were playing with the same vibrancy we showed in last weekend's win over Chelsea and were nearly 2-0 up when Aguero brought down just outside box by Sokratis.

Arsenal have spent just over £70 million on new signings this summer, including goalkeeper Bernd Leno, Lucas Torreira and Sokratis Papastathopoulos. On this evidence, Emery also has lots of work to do to ensure the Gunners have a robust-enough defence to challenge seriously for the top four. The Spaniard had called for "energy" and "passion" before the game, and his players did not let him down. Emery had clearly noted how City exploited space in the centre of the pitch in last season's meetings with Arsenal, so set up his side to be compact and narrow.

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In contrast, Man City have won the league three times since Arsenal's last triumph but only have 29 trophies to their name in their entire history.

Guardiola's side might become more technical at the back this season, with Aymeric Laporte and John Stones seemingly his first-choice combination, with the more rugged Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi back-ups. This was not the free-form football that frequently undid them under Arsene Wenger.

"Those are the benefits of having numbers centrally", said Carragher during the second half.

"We finished with the spirit I want".

Emery was not afraid to make bold changes during the game, either.

Guardiola's side featured a host of players who told the City boss they were ready to play at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday despite their draining World Cup duty in Russian Federation.

"We are not going to judge what is going to happen after one game but we try to respond, we try to be ourselves. He has this experience for continuing to defend our goal", Emery said.

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