City start title defence with fine Emirates win

Potential Arsenal Lineup against Manchester City: Ramsey to don the armband; Aubameyang to start on the left flank

But Cech was given the nod for his side's opening 2-0 Premier League defeat against champions Manchester City and, although the former Chelsea man struggled on occasions with the ball at his feet, he pulled off fine saves from Raheem Sterling, Aymeric Laporte and Sergio Aguero.

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.

Pep Guardiola was delighted that Manchester City came through a hard opening day at Arsenal with a victory after being without so many of his players during the preseason.

Soon after debutant Riyad Mahrez was substituted in the second half, having earlier forced Petr Cech into a good save, Bernardo Silva added the second goal in the 65th minute from an assist by Benjamin Mendy.

The Gunners created a couple of opportunities late on but things ended in frustrating fashion despite a number of positives. We wanted to show our performance but it is clear against Manchester City we could not give them this win.

"When we could break their lines on the pitch..."

If you look broadly at our league rivals, it is fair to say that many of them have also done some good business, which is likely to make the league very competitive this season. "But to win the way we won is more than a compliment to our team and staff".

City broke a staggering 11 Premier League records in their title-winning campaign - including the most points, biggest title-winning margin and most goals - while also winning the League Cup, but Guardiola insists his players are as hungry as ever. They do not have that searing turn of speed that is needed to really threaten Premier League defences.

It remained 1-0 for the rest of the first half, before the visitors killed off the match just after the hour mark.

Pep Guardiola said that. Myself and many others believe that we perhaps missed a trick in failing to capture a class CDM and I hope that does not come back to haunt us. But the purchase of the deep-lying playmaker so important to him at Napoli may have that effect, with Kante pushed into a more attacking role.

"We were improving during the 90 minutes like I think we need for next week and the next match", Emery, who took over from long-serving Arsene Wenger in May, told reporters.

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