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Guardiola backs Emery to mount title challenge with Arsenal

13 August, 2018, 18:59 | Author: Delia Walker
  • Arsenal manager Unai Emery right watches Manchester City's Raheem Sterling left fight for the ball with Arsenal's Mesut Ozil during the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Manchester City at the Emirates stadium in London

We wanted to be professional, to make it serious like last season and we did it.

Mohamed Salah, the league's top scorer last season, put the hosts in front by tapping in from close range in the 19th minute. Ramsey is more likely to be fielded deeper, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan or Mesut Ozil handed the No. 10 brief - the Wales international's more likely partner this season will be Lucas Torreira, only a substitute here.

Raheem took to Twitter after the win, posting about his delight at hitting 50 league goals.

A more aggressive press was in evidence and drew appreciation from the crowd but the tactic of playing out from the back - Cech looking particularly uneasy - played horribly into the hands of a City side who delight in hounding their opponents into mistakes.

Pep Guardiola was impressed by the fact that his Manchester City players were willing to go the extra mile for the team. I think he played well.

"Personally I think we could do with an affable, avuncular French coach who looks quite a lot like a bird, but there's no chance of the board finding someone like that".

Arsenal manager Unai Emery reacts during the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Manchester City at the Emirates stadium in London England Sunday Aug. 12 2018
Premier League: Rampaging Manchester City will be staunch test of Arsenal's new era with Unai Emery at helm

"That is good that people are positive, but this season will be unbelievably hard".

Guardiola's side featured a host of players who told the City boss they were ready to play at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday despite their draining World Cup duty in Russian Federation. "What we have done last season, now [people say] we are going to win [again] - nobody can assure me of that. We can not be anything different than the challenger because we haven't won anything since I came in".

After poor first-half, there was a notable improvement from Arsenal after the break, something which pleased Cech. Although he did nearly score one of the most embarrassing own-goals in many a year.

"We finished with the spirit I want. He has this experience for continuing to defend our goal", Emery said. Leno is starting with us.

"We want the competition between the goalkeepers and also every player in the squad", Emery said in a post-match news conference.

As for Manchester City, they began brightly, faded either side of half-time, but came good in the final quarter to cruise to victory.




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