Arsenal 0 Manchester City 2

Joann Johnston
August 13, 2018

Emery praised the 27-year-old former Manchester United player who featured in 28 Premier League matches last term, coming off the bench in 16 matches - but for his value as a utlitiy player. It is a Super Sunday clash that will see the defending champions travel to the Emirates Stadium.

It was a serene afternoon on the touchline for Guardiola, just like so much of last season which ended with City setting a series of Premier League records, notably by amassing 100 points.

"We spoke about this before the game. they know they can do it".

'We want the competitiveness from the goalkeepers and also every player in the squad, ' said Emery.

"I thought we were on top for the rest of the second half", Hughes said.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang starts up front, with Alexandre Lacazette among the subs.

"With more time we will play with this personality. He is a smart, intelligent, well-prepared manager, so he will know exactly what to do".

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Sterling in the first half, a double save from a Mahrez freekick, denying Sergio Aguero who was one-on-one in the second half. Bernardo Silva has earned huge praise from Guardiola in pre-season and is expected to play a key role for City.

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City have now lost only one away game in the league - at Liverpool - of their last 21, and manager Pep Guardiola felt their performance was close to ideal. In fact, Arsenal placed sixth in the Premier League, their lowest finish of the Wenger era - and lowest since a 12th-place finish in 1994-1995.

Guardiola maintains he has been an advocate of Sterling's importance to City since his own arrival at the Etihad off the back of England's disappointing Euro 201 exit. Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac are set to miss the game owing to injuries and Emery may have to ask Ainsley Maitland-Niles to deputise in the backline.

Pep Guardiola also has a couple of injuries but will consider himself the more fortunate manager of the two as his starters are fit for the game.

Manchester City will look to start its title defense on the right foot after putting up one of the finest seasons in Premier League history a year ago as it put up an astounding 100 points by winning 32 of 38 matches.

Sterling's representatives had opened talks on a new deal before the World Cup finals this summer, the player having enjoyed an eye-catching season in scoring 18 league goals to help City secure the title, only to postpone those discussions before the tournament. "In the second half, we forced them to make mistakes and we had some opportunities".

Pep Guardiola has also left out Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sané from his starting XI today, with Raheem Sterling and new signing Riyad Mahrez starting in the wide positions, and Ilkay Gundogan joining Fernandinho and Bernardo Silva in midfield.

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