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

Arsenal and Manchester City will meet on Sunday in the Premier League's marquee match of week 1.

There's plenty more to come, but this was a pleasing start.

He faces a Guardiola who is now fully into the swing of things at Manchester City and had an unparalleled domestic campaign previous year where City racked up 100 points.

City's second-string side still too good for off-the-pace Arsenal: Vincent Kompany, Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sane and Nicolas Otamendi all started on the bench but yet City were still far superior than their hosts. He has had two years to get his ideas across. 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.

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"Mendy is Mendy. Sometime you want to kill him and sometimes you say "wow what a player we have", he said.

And it was Guendouzi who received the blame from his Arsenal teammates after Sterling bagged the first goal. Fifty-three seconds later, Sterling and Benjamin Mendy worked an overlap down Arsenal's right and the French left-back picked out Bernardo Silva in a crowded area for the Portuguese winger to rifle home. As for Arsenal, there wasn't much creativity and Mesut Ozil was had a horrendous day. Petr Cech made some fine saves but he looked deeply uncomfortable with Emery's emphasis on building from the back, repeatedly landing his team-mates in trouble and at one point nearly passing the ball into his own net.

"I said to him when he arrived with us after the holidays, I want the best performance in his career from this player - and to work for that", Emery said. Bernardo Silva's goal ultimately put it out of their reach, but they had chances. This will surely help him retain his spot in the next game. The off-the-ball pressing became disjointed at times, but the intensity was there.

Manchester City's Raheem Sterling, center, celebrates with Sergio Aguero and Riyad Mahrez, right, after scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Manchester City at the Emirates stadium in London, England, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018.

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The France global missed most of last season with an injury and Guardiola admitted his return is still a work in progress. Who knows, they could be City's greatest challenge if they come through the first two fixtures unscathed.

Having spent the dying embers of Wenger's reign subjecting the Frenchman to vitriolic abuse, Arsenal's fans were energised by the sight of Emery on the touchline. It did however drag the mind round to Arsenal's real task: improving the quality of.

"Those are the benefits of having numbers centrally", said Carragher during the second half. The only disappointing aspect of City's performance was that they lacked the clinical edge that saw them waltz past teams last season.

It was a 2-0 defeat for the Spaniard in his first game in charge after goals from Sterling and Bernado Silva but there were positives to take. He lashed one first-half shot wide, but generally struggled to get into the game. "He has this experience for continuing to defend our goal", Emery said.

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