Unai Emery 'happy' with Arsenal performance

Sergio Aguero Manchester City

"There's a lot of talking and I just put the celebration in there".

The Gunners were second best for long spells of the season opener, with goals from Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva condemning Emery to defeat in his first competitive match in charge.

Sterling made six starts in England's semi-final run at the 2018 World Cup and only returned to training with City on Monday.

"Many players did a sacrifice, Stones, Walker, we trained for only one week but the spirit is there".

Welbeck has struggled for regular football since joining from Manchester United in 2015, making only 12 starts in the top flight last season.

Sterling had the game's first real chance, picking up a Sergio Aguero flick before getting past Shkodran Mustafi easily and forcing a smart save from Petr Cech at his near post. "No-one can deny it is complicated, so to win the way we won is more than pleasing". This wasn't their greatest ever performance, but the fact they were so comfortable against a side that would realistically be wanting to challenge them, is paramount of just how good this Manchester City team is.

And Guardiola twisted the knife by insisting City are still some way from their peak.

"Yes", Emery said when asked if Aubameyang should be challenging for the Golden Boot.

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Should Emery take note and elect to start Lacazette with Aubameyang, a sluggish Mkhitaryan looks most in danger. Look at what Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech did in the first half, almost kicking the ball into his own net.

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The winger, long linked with Real Madrid , made an impact after he entered with his dribbling ability immediately evident. Huddersfield had given as good as they got before going behind to N'Golo Kante's scuffed 34th-minute volley.

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Surprisingly, newly-promoted Fulham was third on the highest spenders' list with 105.3 million euros spent on seven players. Players can still leave the Premier League before the end of this month but no-one can now come in.

Emery added that he wants each of his players, regardless of their positions on the pitch to adopt a holistic approach to the games they play.

"We are not going to judge what is going to happen after one game but we try to respond, we try to be ourselves. We defended very well and were a very compact team".

The France worldwide missed most of last season with an injury and Guardiola admitted his return is still a work in progress. "Every season is a major season and this game was complicated but we played at a high level".

"Mendy has a lot of things to improve". We'll do our effort to make him feel we count on him.

But City manager Pep Guardiola admits that even now the transfer window has closed in the Premier League, the Etihad hierarchy may still find Sterling as hard to tie down as the Arsenal defence did at the Emirates. I left it five minutes into the second half, after speaking to them and saying we needed to be on the front foot more.

"Today is the first step". But in these two moments in the match, we need to work.

Pep Guardiola has told Raheem Sterling he wants to keep the England winger at Manchester City as his contract saga drags on. No way. I don't want to forget that. I think we need to improve. This process is normal.

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