Bernardo Silva stunner seals comfortable Man City win at Arsenal

12 August, 2018, 23:16 | Author: Dominic Spencer
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But, newly appointed head coach Unai Emery will face a stern test against the defending champions, who are keen to maintain their dominance in English football.

The Gunners succumbed to a 2-0 loss at the Emirates Stadium in manager Unai Emery's first match in charge, courtesy of goals from Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva either side of half time. Kyle Walker will overlap more for City than for England, where he was shifted inside into a back three.

The match will be the the first Arsenal game in 22 years to be managed by anyone other than Arsene Wenger, who helmed the club from 1996 until he stepped aside following a frustrating 2017-2018 campaign.

City sent 16 players to the World Cup in the summer - more than any other team - and six of those have only returned to training in the past fortnight after playing in the semifinals at Russian Federation 2018.

Guardiola insists his players are still "starving" for success and there is little doubt City's hunger for silverware remains strong. Matteo Guendouzi is an exciting prospect who showed impressive character in tough circumstances against the champions, but he was not close enough to Sterling for the goal and it was not his only hard moment.

In the midfield, Phil Foden could start for Manchester City against Arsenal after his impressive performance against Chelsea last weekend.


His manager might be thrilled about Welbeck's versatility but Arsenal fans are crossing every body part they have in the hope that they don't see their striker line up at full-back against the rampaging attack possessed by Pep Guardiola.

Maitland-Niles isn't a natural left-back, although was deployed there on various occasions last season, and his right-footedness might help if Guardiola deploys Riyad Mahrez on the right flank, as the Algerian is always attempting to drift inside onto his left.

It was never going to be easy for Arsenal. Manchester City experienced a mixed bag of a pre-season due to several of their players not being available for selection. 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.

Emery sent on Alexandre Lacazette soon after the interval and the France forward had an immediate impact, taking Aubameyang's pass and shooting just wide.

City responded in emphatic fashion and Silva wrapped up the points in the 64th minute. Fernandinho, Kevin De Bruyne and a Silva - either David or Bernardo - is a familiar trio for the away side.

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