Published: Mon, August 13, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Guardiola keen to keep Sterling after he helps City outclass Arsenal

Guardiola keen to keep Sterling after he helps City outclass Arsenal

The new manager, the Telegraph said, confirmed that Laurent Koscielny, now out injured, would be his main captain, but that he would be backed up by Petr Cech, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka.

Emery analysed his side's 2-0 loss to Pep Guardiola's City on Sunday by admitting the Premier League champions were worthy winners.

The German arrived from Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen in a £22million deal over the summer and had been expected to immediately take the No.1 jersey.

"We are working. I believe in myself, in these players and in the club", he added.

"Arsene is more about leaving the freedom to the players to decide how they want to do the actions, how they feel in that moment", said Cech.

"We finished with the spirit I want". Mesut Ozil enjoyed a largely uncharacteristic game in the final third while City's counterpressing did enough to stifle Arsenal and force them into quicker, unstable progressions.

Cech was at fault for the opener after remaining rooted to the spot as Sterling's curling shot flew into the net.

The 27-year-old has struggled for regular football in recent times, either because of injury or the form of other players - with the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Henrikh Mkhitaryan passing him in the pecking order.

"For that maybe also they are in the team more leaders to show this capacity".

"Petr Cech had a very good preseason and today he played well also".

"Also he has this experience to continue defending our goal".

The midfielder started at left-back with Sead Kolasinac injured and Nacho Monreal returning from a knee problem, and he was replaced by right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner, who made his Arsenal debut.

"Danny Welbeck is one of the players who has a multi-position possibility", said Emery.

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