Welbeck tested in makeshift left-back role for Arsenal

Welbeck tested in makeshift left-back role for Arsenal

Arsenal lost 2-0 to champions Manchester City in the first Premier League match as the Gunners' head coach. There was the odd mistake, most notably from goalkeeper Petr Cech, but Emery's influence is already visible and had they not been playing Guardiola's team, Arsenal would probably have taken something from the game.

Champions Manchester City were the first opponents of the new era and it instantly looked as if things would be tough.

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Mahrez bent an effort just wide of the post as he looked to mark his Premier League debut for the champions with a goal with City taking nearly complete control of proceedings leading up to the interval.

"We saw [Sterling] good in the training session and we needed someone in that position and he did it well although he exhausted in the last 20-25 minutes", the City boss added.

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And City, in their usual ruthless, unforgiving nature, would eventually punish the plethora of sloppy Arsenal play in the final third. "We want to give him confidence", stated Emery during his pre-match press conference. As a result, Ainsley Maitland-Niles could deputise for the time being, and Emery confirmed he is looking at the young, versatile player as an option. "I think every day is important to know how they are". "In the second half, we forced them to make mistakes and we had some opportunities".

"When you play against a team of City's quality and confidence it is always going to be hard".

"It was a shame we couldn't finish off our counter attacks and overall we're disappointed with the defeat". Sunday was the first real chance to see how Emery's Arsenal would play and for the most part, Gunners fans should be optimistic.

Speaking after the match he said: "There was a good ambience here with our supporters. I've got to keep improving and getting more goals".

"I said to him when he [Welbeck] arrived with us after the holidays, I want the best performance in his career from this player - and to work for that", he said. We'll do our effort to make him feel we count on him. Working to help when we need quick pressing against the opposition. He is allowed too much time and space to cut inside, dancing past two challenges, before curling a low shot into the bottom corner.

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