Should Arsenal be quietly confident against Man City?

Lewis Collier
August 13, 2018

The other players are OK, and we are working on the possibility to work with Ainsley, who has experience in this [left-back] position. Kyle Walker will overlap more for City than for England, where he was shifted inside into a back three.

David Silva could be a question mark for Sunday's fixture as well. What a start to his and City's season. The wide man cut inside from the left wing and drilled the ball beyond the routed Czech goalkeeper on 14 minutes. "I've got to keep improving and getting more goals".

Making amends for that blunder, Cech kept out a Mahrez free-kick before alertly recovering to block Aymeric Laporte's effort from the rebound.

The Gunners were far too structured and predictable, nearly robotic as they consistently played short passes out from the back at every opportunity. 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.

The Frenchman was involved in one of his side's more awkward moments midway through the first half, though. Look at his form and where he puts the ball.

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France left-back Benjamin Mendy is like a new recruit, given he missed much of last season with a serious knee injury. "Mendy has a lot of things to improve and hopefully we can convince him to be calm, to forget a little bit the social media and focus on what he has to do".

Whether he partners up with Alexandre Lacazette or plays in front of Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, the striker will have chances in front of Ederson's goal. He nearly delivered with his first touch, but his volley flashed wide of the upright.

That Arsenal's performance was somewhat disjointed shouldn't detract from City's display. Emery had clearly noted how City exploited space in the centre of the pitch in last season's meetings with Arsenal, so set up his side to be compact and narrow.

But on the evidence of this game, City look ready to break that trend.

Emery takes the controls at Arsenal coming off a French Ligue 1 championship in just his second year at that league's powerhouse Paris Saint-Germain, the BBC reported. The manner in which City beguiled their hosts during the opening half hour showed they unquestionably remain the team to beat this term. Every club in the Premier League will be taking their best shot against City this season, but, if it's even possible, they are more stacked than they were last season.

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