Manchester City begin title defence with dominating victory over Unai Emery's Arsenal

Arsenal vs Manchester City: 3 key battles in Emery’s league debut

The Gunners appointed Emery early in the summer so he had ample time to prepare, but he was not the Arsenal board's first choice and their primary target, Mikel Arteta, will take his seat on the visitors' bench on Sunday.

Emery's men struggled to break down a typically solid City back four, which possessed the new centre-back partnership of Laporte and John Stones.

As Pep Guardiola's side strolled to three points, they started singing about Arsenal's former manager, but their Gunners' counterparts produced a brilliant response. Also, they are building one team with security, with good players, with great stability, playing like they want, and we are starting.

6 - Few Arsenal fans expected Emery to win his first game, but the scale of the task at hand is now clear.

"I think they deserved this result, but we were improving during the 90 minutes like I think we need for next week and the next match", Emery said at a news conference.

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

When asked if City had fashioned a ideal performance, Guardiolan told the BBC's Match Of The Day: "Yes". I can say to the players 'are you hungry?' and they say yes boss but I don't know.

If Manchester City are to become the first team since 2009 to defend the Premier League title, matching last season's brilliance will be essential.

"Yes", Emery said when asked if Aubameyang should be challenging for the Golden Boot. "We trained just one week, two weeks, but the spirit was there".

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Koscielny usually wore the armband last season as well, as club captain Per Mertesacker rarely played. They don't know it, one day one of them will be a manager and realise what we feel, ' he said.

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They know that all too well at the Emirates.

One difference for City this season is the presence of Benjamin Mendy at left-back.

Unai Emery, Manager of Arsenal speaks with Mesut Ozil of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Manchester City at Emirates Stadium on August 12, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

"Today is the first step". The other players are OK, and we are working on the possibility to work with Ainsley, who has experience in this [left-back] position.

DF Sokratis Papastathopoulos, 6 - A taxing if not eye-catching debut for the Greek worldwide, who was booked for a cynical foul that suggested he might yet prove to be the kind of no-nonsense centre-half Arsenal need.

"He was good in training", Guardiola said.

We've all seen how nonchalant Hazard can be when scoring from the spot, waiting for the goalkeeper to move and commit himself before casually rolling the ball in the opposite corner. "If we don't we are not going to win". This process is normal.

Should Emery take note and elect to start Lacazette with Aubameyang, a sluggish Mkhitaryan looks most in danger.

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