Unai Emery makes two shock selections for first Arsenal game

Stephan Lichtsteiner Arsenal

Managing any other team in the Premier League must be pretty demoralising at the moment, particularly when you consider this wasn't just false modesty from Guardiola: City brushed Arsenal aside without David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne.

As for Arsenal, it is a fresh start for a squad that finished in sixth last season, its worst finish since the 1994-95 season, two years before Arsene Wenger took over as manager.

It was a baptism of fire for new Arsenal manager Unai Emery, who was left in no uncertain terms about the gulf in quality between his resources and those Guardiola at Guardiola's disposal. "He has enough experience to know exactly what [it takes]". Emery has commented recently that he wants his team to play like City, and he will demand intensity and pressing that was often lacking from his predecessor's teams. "So I am very, very, very impressed with him". 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.

"There's been a lot of talking.it's just one of those things I get judged on".

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"He got the captaincy and played very well, but Mourinho will have noticed the line and there will always be a response, because there always is".


"Now he is at Arsenal, one of the best teams in England, and of course he is a contender to win titles".

That would make Sterling one of the highest paid players in the Premier League, but Guardiola insists his player is highly valued at City regardless of the contract impasse.

"Everybody is able to dream", he added. "We can not be anything different than the challenger because we haven't won anything since I came in". "Also, Leno is starting with us". That's why it's fascinating.

Given the truncated preseason he's had after heavy World Cup involvement, his energy and enthusiasm were impressive.

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Last weekend's win at Wembley saw us produce some wonderful football, and the performance here at the Emirates was no different. Mendy is surely already the division's best in that position, and clearly has the potential to become even better. But I thought we did pretty well and it's a shame we could finish some of the half-chances in the second half. And here in England there are many.

"Maybe Tottenham couldn't spend because of the stadium, but Chelsea - imagine Jorginho, [Mateo] Kovacic and [N'Golo] Kante in midfield, and [Eden] Hazard, Willian, Pedro and [Alvaro] Morata in front".

In response to Cech's embarrassing blunder, Bayer's account posted two epic tweets saying: "We might know a guy", and "In case you all were wondering how to play out of the back".

"They were the better side in the first half and we think we were better in the second half".

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