Emery in spotlight as Arsenal begin new life

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Pep Guardiola's City won the Premier League with 100 points last season (Martin Rickett/PA).

Defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos and teenage French midfielder Matteo Guendouzi made their Arsenal debuts but like so many teams last season the London side found City hard to cope with. City, I think, after two years of working with Guardiola they have more stability, more security and when you watch City's matches, they are playing with a very, very great confidence in themselves.

The hosts improved as the game wore on but offered little threat to the goal of Ederson while City were opening up their hosts at will.

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But on the evidence of this game, City look ready to break that trend. Maybe that was apprehension at the beginning of the new season, maybe we were erring on the side of safety.

Emery's side continued with their pressing approach and nearly forced an equaliser as Hector Bellerin cut inside and tested Ederson with a drilled effort.

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Former Chelsea boss Ruud Gullit believes Liverpool will win the Premier League title this season. Tottenham did provide the most players to the World Cup semi-finalists.

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

The biggest concern for the Arsenal boss was Aaron Ramsey's involvement in the game, owing to the Welshman's recent absence due to a calf injury. But. Live streaming is available on NBC Sports live, which you can access with your cable or satellite subscriptions, either online or through the NBC Sports app. As for Arsenal, there wasn't much creativity and Mesut Ozil was had a horrendous day.

Arsenal need more from their star man, especially with potent finishers Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette needing quality supply. What a start to his and City's season. City's left-back missed nearly the entirety of last season through injury, and his overlapping will bring an extra dimension to City's attacking play. Nearly a goal on his debut for Mahrez! The second goal came from a traditional Mendy overlapping run followed by a clever pull-ball to Silva, who smashed the ball into the top corner.

"But winning helps to win more".

Here, City kept a high defensive line and yet largely kept Arsenal in front of them; only one early incident, when Laporte should have been booked for a cynical hack on Aubemeyang, suggested indiscipline.

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