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Manchester City begin Premier League title defence with win over Arsenal

Manchester City begin Premier League title defence with win over Arsenal

Arsenal have plenty of options in attack, and Emery, to bring the best out of Mesut Ozil, will likely place him in his preferred No. 10 position.

But Emery has insisted that he will not be parting ways with the 27-year-old any time soon.

Raheem Sterling cut through the defense easily before putting City ahead in the 14th minute, and Bernardo Silva curled in the second in the 64th at the Emirates Stadium.

"When you play against a team of City's quality and confidence it is always going to be hard". Manchester City were sensational as they cruised to the title last season, amassing 100 points and smashing seemingly every possible record.

Look at what Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech did in the first half, almost kicking the ball into his own net.

He said: "We wanted to start here with our supporters". We need to do the process my way.




But Emery has instead opted for Ainsley Maitland-Niles to fill in, with Sokratis partnering Shkodran Mustafi in the heart of the Arsenal defence, while Petr Cech gets the gloves rather than new signing Bernd Leno. Bernardo Silva's goal ultimately put it out of their reach, but they had chances.

As for Arsenal, it is a fresh start for a squad that finished in sixth last season, its worst finish since the 1994-95 season, two years before Arsene Wenger took over as manager.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles came on for Kolasinac after he was hurt in Arsenal's 1-1 draw with Chelsea on August 1 and Emery said following the match he would not rule out using the 20-year-old against City.

Watch a preview of the Arsenal vs. Manchester City English Premier League opening weekend featured match in the video below, courtesy of NBC Sports. Also, they are building one team with security, with good players, with great stability, playing like they want, and we are starting.

Emery will cling to those positives, but he will not be under any illusions about the challenge he faces to transform this Arsenal team.

Crucial to this game's outcome is how Emery approaches his first game. "It's just one of those things I get judged on". The next chapter is underway, but Emery's work is only just beginning.


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