Published: Sun, August 12, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

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

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

Manchester City will travel to the Emirates to face Arsenal in what is expected to be the most enthralling fixture in the very first week of the 2018/19 Premier League season.

And Unai Emery will be relieved he doesn't have to come up against Pep Guardiola's Manchester City every week. "But to win the way we won is more than a compliment to our team and staff".

And City, in their usual ruthless, unforgiving nature, would eventually punish the plethora of sloppy Arsenal play in the final third.

It was a baptism of fire for new Arsenal manager Unai Emery, who was left in no uncertain terms about the gulf in quality between his resources and those Guardiola at Guardiola's disposal.

Arsenal were playing a competitive match without Wenger in charge for the first time since September 1996.

Emery has commented recently that he wants his team to play like City, and he will demand intensity and pressing that was often lacking from his predecessor's teams.

Guardiola insists his players are still "starving" for success and there is little doubt City's hunger for silverware remains strong.

And it was Guendouzi who received the blame from his Arsenal teammates after Sterling bagged the first goal.

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.

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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.

But that noisy optimism was punctured in ruthless style by Sterling in the 14th minute.

Speaking at his pre-game press conference on Friday, Emery spoke about his optimism for the season.

Cech bailed out his ailing team-mates by thwarting Aymeric Laporte at point-blank range having parried Riyad Mahrez's free-kick.

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Emery has set Aubameyang the target of doing what he did in the Bundesliga past year, when he scored 31 goals to become the division's top scorer.

However, Aubameyang will need better service than he received against City to achieve that target. Alexandre Lacazette will start for Arsenal as their central striker.

City responded in emphatic fashion and Silva wrapped up the points in the 64th minute.

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