4 key takeaways from Arsenal's 0-2 loss against Manchester City

Silvia Morton
August 13, 2018

Raheem Sterling cut through Arsenal's defence easily before putting City ahead in the 14th minute, and Bernardo Silva curled in the second in the 64th minute.

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 biggest concern for the Arsenal boss was Aaron Ramsey's involvement in the game, owing to the Welshman's recent absence due to a calf injury. But. His season began against record-breaking champions of last season, Manchester City.

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"The desire to run and run, it was the same as the last season, " Guardiola said.

Whilst the studio then talked about the lack of leadership in the Arsenal squad, a criticism thrown at Wenger. "Mendy has a lot of things to improve and hopefully we can convince him to be calm, to forget a little bit the social media and focus on what he has to do". Emery has a different philosophy to the Frenchman and previous players have commented on his extraordinary attention to tactical detail while at Sevilla and Paris Saint Germain.

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Should Emery take note and elect to start Lacazette with Aubameyang, a sluggish Mkhitaryan looks most in danger. He was more clinical nine minutes later when he moved from the left into a central position to get his shot away from the outstretched veteran.

And it felt like they seamlessly continued that form as they comfortably defeated an Arsenal side looking slightly disjointed in their first competitive match under Unai Emery.

"When you play against a team of City's quality and confidence it is always going to be hard". And we do count on him.

Wenger left Arsenal in a mess after last season's sixth place finish and Emery acknowledged the gulf in class between City and his team showed how much work he could do.

"We finished with the spirit I want". But Emery insisted Welbeck won't be one of those leaving the club as the rest of the continental transfer season plays out, while saying David Ospina, Carl Jenkinson and Joel Campbell would be allowed to leave if they wanted. We'll do our effort to make him feel we count on him. Leno is starting with us, he's working very well and played well in pre-season but he can wait for his moment.

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