Welbeck tested in makeshift left-back role for Arsenal

Aubrey Yates
August 13, 2018

The former Sevilla manager also stated Arsenal's aim of becoming Premier League champions for the first time since 2004: "It's clear, the aim for the club is to arrive as champions, play for titles".

Having spent the dying embers of Wenger's reign subjecting the Frenchman to vitriolic abuse, Arsenal's fans were energised by the sight of Emery on the touchline.

"His experience here at Arsenal and the Premier League is very important and will give us all the information and performances in his quality". To understand that needs time. City were superior to Arsenal in every department.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles came on for Kolasinac after he was hurt in Arsenal's 1-1 draw with Chelsea on August 1 and Emery said following the match he would not rule out using the 20-year-old against City.

Although Emery failed to record a victory against Guardiola during that four-year period, his tactical approach often caused serious problems in the first halves of matches. He looked uncomfortable with the ball at his feet and seemed to suffer from a lack of confidence after conceding the opener. He had two options, square it to a surging De Bruyne or have a shot on target.

But on the evidence of this game, City look ready to break that trend. "We are a strong team, after that we will see".

"I said many times, of course our average level is high but I have a feeling, still, that we can improve".

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City were almost ideal last time out, winning the league with a record number of points (100), goals (106) and points margin (19). Koscielny usually wore the armband last season as well, as club captain Per Mertesacker rarely played.

With Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac expected to miss the visit of champions City to Emirates Stadium on Sunday, Welbeck has been trialled as a full-back during training. Midfielder Aaron Ramsey is a doubt for the fixture. While his work rate was excellent as ever, he never really got into the game from an attacking point of view.

The left-back came back with a World Cup medal and was good enough in his attacking play. Going forward, things were made particularly hard for him by the absence of a natural left-back to lend him support.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a late goal ruled out for offside that summed up the Gabonese striker's afternoon.

"We are not going to judge what is going to happen after one game but we try to respond, we try to be ourselves". And it felt like they seamlessly continued that form as they comfortably defeated an Arsenal side looking slightly disjointed in their first competitive match under Unai Emery. He was dogged at the back, making two interceptions and four clearances, more than any other player from his side.

DF Stephan Lichtsteiner, 6 - Replaced Maitland-Niles, showing his versatility by filling in at left-back.

Arsenal brought on Alexandre Lacazette ten minutes after the interval as they went in search of an equaliser.

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