No quick fix for Arsenal: Emery era begins with loss to City

No quick fix for Arsenal: Emery era begins with loss to City

City's quest to achieve this feat begins with a tough away fixture against Arsenal who will be rejuvenated by Unai Emery's appointment.

"Nacho started working with the group yesterday, and maybe he can arrive for the next match", Emery said. In the final 10 minutes Ederson played three awful passes, which is probably more than the total number he played last season. "I've got to keep improving and getting more goals".

Bernardo Silva killed off Arsenal in the second half with this lovely, powerful finish.

And that's exactly why it is so widely expected that Guardiola's men will once again pip everyone else to the Premier League title.

The Gunners appointed Emery early in the summer so he had ample time to prepare, but he was not the Arsenal board's first choice and their primary target, Mikel Arteta, will take his seat on the visitors' bench on Sunday. Manchester City were sensational as they cruised to the title last season, amassing 100 points and smashing seemingly every possible record. Ramsey is more likely to be fielded deeper, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan or Mesut Ozil handed the No. 10 brief - the Wales international's more likely partner this season will be Gabriel Torreira, only a substitute here.

Brazilian sweeper keeper Ederson will expect to start in goal behind the central defensive pairing of John Stones and Aymeric Laporte. It did however drag the mind round to Arsenal's real task: improving the quality of.

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Arsenal attempted to press City deep in their own half, while displaying a determination to patiently play out from the back when attempting to build attacking moves. In turn, the full-backs were more aggressive than last season, with Kyle Walker overlapping regularly.

Emery's Arsenal next face a London derby at Chelsea on Saturday.

The latter tactic actually proved more effective, creating obvious one-versus-one battles for Sterling vs. Hector Bellerin, on one occasion cutting inside and slamming home the opener.

All Whites defender Winston Reid did not feature owing to injury as Liverpool romped to a big 4-0 win over his West Ham United side and Kiwi striker Chris Wood was contained as his Burnley were held to a 0-0 draw by Southampton.

Guardiola has suggested City can become even better this season, and on this evidence, it's hard to disagree. "[On Thursday] the transfer window closed and our players will stay with us".

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