Arsenal boss Emery: Aubameyang can win Golden Boot

Arsenal vs Manchester City: 3 key battles in Emery’s league debut

Arsenal vs Manchester City: 3 key battles in Emery’s league debut

Arsenal hosted Manchester City on the opening weekend of the Premier League season on Sunday afternoon.

Pep Guardiola's side were a cut above the rest of the league last season and are deservedly favourites to be champions again and become the first team in a decade to retain the Premier League trophy. A strong bench contains Kevin de Bruyne, Vincent Kompany, Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus. And the team for 90 minutes, they ran, they tried, they pushed, but I think we need to improve [everything], collectively and also individually.

Ederson denied Hector Bellerin withy a smart stop to keep City in front, before a swift City break ended with Aguero hitting the sidenetting when perhaps he should have made Cech work. Drifting past a flurry of Arsenal defenders to score the first goal was phenomenal but it was contribution afterwards that made him one of the more consistent players on the pitch.

Mesut Ozil is likely to start in his preferred No.10 position against Manchester City.

City's excellence underlined the size of the task facing new Arsenal boss Emery as the Gunners begin life without Arsene Wenger. The former Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain manager handed starts to two of his summer arrivals as Sokratis Papastathopoulos lined up alongside Shkodran Mustafi at the heart of the defence while Matteo Guendouzi was given his Premier League bow in midfield. "They can win it in central areas and then counter attack".

Raheem Sterling was a key member of the England squad which finished fourth at the World Cup and returned to club duty in Manchester City's win at Arsenal on Sunday.

MF Aaron Ramsey, 6 - It was a big boost to Arsenal to see the Welshman passed fit, and he was the man charged with spearheading Arsenal's new pressing system. His impressive technique with the ball at his feet brought Petr Cech to shame. Look at his form and where he puts the ball.

In the end it mattered little. It's been a good pre-season by all accounts and a full-season of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would suggest goals won't be a problem.

"We are delighted with him and would like Raheem to stay", Guardiola told reporters after the Arsenal game. "And the second half is the moment we had chances for doing a better result".

"We played a high level considering the lack of physical condition for numerous players who arrived back late after the World Cup", he said.

"When you play against a team of City's quality and confidence it is always going to be hard".

Fernandinho (7.5/10): Didn't make as many defensive contributions as you would normally expect from the Brazilian worldwide.

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