Published: Mon, August 13, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Arsenal 0-2 Manchester City | Tactical Snippets

Arsenal 0-2 Manchester City | Tactical Snippets

And, despite just a week of sessions on the practice pitch, City picked up where they left off last term with a confident display that easily put Arsenal to the sword.

The Gunners were second best for long spells of the season opener, with goals from Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva condemning Emery to defeat in his first competitive match in charge.

The fact that Sterling only returned to training last Monday made this purring performance all the more astounding. "I don't know what VAR would make of that, and I'm a big fan of that".

"First game of the season, away at Arsenal with a new manager after 20 years?" Against Chelsea, we will analyse the opposition and we will assess how to win this game.

Guardiola does recognise, however, that City do come into the new campaign from a good starting point following last season's successes.

Manchester City continued their impressive form from the Community Shield and repeated the scoreline, beating Arsenal 2-0.

And Guardiola twisted the knife by insisting City are still some way from their peak.

Victory ensured that Guardiola continues to have the Indian sign over his opposite number, with Sunday's win his seventh in 11 matches against his fellow Spaniard Emery.

"The way we won is so important for us, for our confidence, now we move forward". But he knows and his agent knows we like him and want him a lot. "We defended very well and were a very compact team". Benjamin Mendy advanced down the left and squared for Bernardo Silva who thumped the ball into the top corner. Danilo is expected to miss the opening games of the season with an ankle injury.

"I said to him when he [Welbeck] arrived with us after the holidays, I want the best performance in his career from this player - and to work for that", he said.

"He has a lot of things to improve". Bellerin cracked an effort straight at Ederson midway through the first half, but the Gunners were sloppy in the final third - epitomised when Mesut Ozil misjudged a run from Aaron Ramsey and subsequently passed straight to Stones who sparked a counter-attack.

Manchester City, who had a number of World Cup stars on their bench, got off to a great start when Raheem Sterling cut inside, cut inside some more, kept going and then eventually fired past Petr Cech in the 14th minute.

The first game of Arsenal's new era under Unai Emery often proved a thankless task but there were moments of encouragement before Silva settled the issue with a brilliantly taken second in the 64th minute.

"We needed more but I am happy with the players, they run and fight", Emery said.

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