A little less than a decade ago, when Sheikh Mansour had staked claim to the ownership of Manchester City, the Premier League fortunes of both these clubs were in stark contrast - Arsene Wenger's star power had only begun to dim, but Arsenal still hadn't succumbed to the rut of mediocrity; Manchester City were a mid-table club at best.
Looks like all the big teams are winning on the opening day of the season. "A win helps to win more". Cech saved well, but moments later Arsenal were 2-0 down anyway, and City already out of sight. 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.
After 14 minutes City showed they will likely be the team to beat this campaign too.
Unai Emery has used the limited amount of funds at his disposal to make changes to the squad that he felt were the absolute necessity.
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The Emirates Stadium in London will host the Arsenal vs Manchester City EPL match.
The new Arsenal manager has revealed that he's had to deploy Danny Welbeck on the left side of his defence in training because of injuries to Sead Kolasinac and Nacho Monreal.
Guendouzi was rewarded for his fine pre-season form even if his last competitive game was in the French second division for Lorient in front of 8,000 spectators.
Emery now has a clear sense of the task he faces, throwing his arms in the air in frustration as the goals were conceded.
Although the competition hardly carries the weight of other trophies, it was an emphatic statement from City that they are ready to continue where they left off last season. "We are satisfied for many, many reasons", Guardiola told Sky Sports.More news: Idris Elba Fuels James Bond Speculation With Playful Tweet
Midfielders Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling are back in contention for City. Of course, against centre-backs as composed as John Stones and Aymeric Laporte, and a goalkeeper as confident as Ederson, actually winning possession is somewhat hard. Kyle Walker will play at right-back while Benjamin Mendy could return after missing last season with a knee injury at left-back. Ederson is expected to replace Claudio Bravo in goal after the Chilean started City's Community Shield win over Chelsea.
Man City's domestic success has been well documented over the last few years, while Arsenal have failed to finish in the top four of the EPL in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1996. There's the promise of a more diligent, alert, tactically-astute brand of football with a higher press - and what better petri dish than a match against the runaway champions, a team that pounces on your weaknesses, insecurities and callowness more ruthlessly than anyone since. well. the Arsenal of 2000-2004.
Emery faced Pep Guardiola regularly when they were in charge of Valencia and Barcelona respectively.
There is no rest for the tired in England's Premier League as the 2018-19 season is underway. More often than not, Manchester City happily played around the pressure.More news: Ronaldo 'in intensive care' after contracting pneumonia in Ibiza
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