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Arsenal - Manchester City
Premier League - 12 August 2018
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Manchester City begin their title defence with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Arsenal, as Unai Emery's first league match comes to a disappointing conclusion.
It's early days for the new Gunners' boss, but it was business as usual for Pep Guardiola's free-flowing charges.
Four minutes to be added on.
Sane has barely been on the pitch a minute but he has already registered a shot, dragging a low effort wide.
- OffRaheem SterlingManchester City
- OnLeroy SanéManchester City
CITY SUB: Sterling, who will probably claim the Man of the Match award, is replaced by Sane for the final couple of minutes. Now that's what you call squad depth. It is an embarrassment of riches, it really is.
Arsenal have the ball in the net once more but for the second time this evening the referee rules it out - this time Ozil was in an offside position.
A rare mistake from Ederson but Arsenal fail to capitalise! The City goalkeeper passes straight to a red shirt but Ozil's attempted cut-back for Lacazette is straight back to the visitors' no 1.
Silva is straight into the action, spreading the ball wide to Gundogan. He arches a cross searching for Sterling but overcooks the delivery.
- OffSergio AgüeroManchester City
- OnGabriel JesusManchester City
MAN CITY SUB: Gabriel Jesus replaces Aguero in the visitors' attack.
Aubameyang hooks the ball into the back of the net after latching onto Torreira's fine ball over the top but he mis-times his run and it won't count, offside.
Lichsteiner is fed on the overlap but his cross is easily cut out at the near post and City hack it clear. Time running out.
The second goal had killed the home side's hopes but now Arsenal win a corner and the noise-levels increase. Can they somehow find a way back into this contest?
- Yellow cardKevin De BruyneManchester City
A yellow card is dished out to De Bruyne for a little challenge on Torreira.
Half-chance for Arsenal goes begging as Guendouzi gets into a decent shooting position but curls his effort well wide. The home side are growing increasingly desperate.
- OffGranit XhakaArsenal
- OnLucas TorreiraArsenal
ARSENAL SUB: Debutant Lucas Torreira replaces the tiring Xhaka in midfield.
Arsenal appeal for a penalty as Mustafi is shoved to the floor by Mendy. Michael Oliver isn't interested. The hosts need something.
Arsenal simply haven't been able to live with City's free-flowing attack.
Wow, what a finish. And that should be that. Arsenal have a real mountain to climb. The home supporters are stunned into silence. 'Champions of England' is the chant from the travelling fans.
- GoalBernardo SilvaManchester City
GOAL! Arsenal 0-2 Man City
Aguero couldn't finish but Bernardo Silva does. And it's a beautiful finish. Lovely inter-link play from Mendy and Sterling, the former cuts it back to Silva who lashes it home with a first-time shot into the top corner.
A golden moment for Aguero to double City's advantage... but the Argentine makes a mess of it! He is released through on goal, De Bruyne is waiting in a central position for a tap-in but Aguero goes for glory, shooting straight at Cech.
It's not often Man City are guilty of time-wasting with around 30 minutes still to play, but it has got so bad that Michael Oliver has to have a world with captain Fernandinho.
- OffRiyad MahrezManchester City
- OnKevin De BruyneManchester City
CITY SUB: Here comes Kevin De Bruyne! The Belgian replaces Mahrez, who takes an age to make his way off the pitch and is roundly jeered by the home supporters.
Aubameyang volleys a pass to Lacazette and the Frenchman controls it beautifully, setting himself up for a shot from 25 yards. It's a difficult one to catch ahold of though and he can only fire wide. The substitute is straight into the action.
- OffAaron RamseyArsenal
- OnAlexandre LacazetteArsenal
ARSENAL SUB: Ramsey hasn't looked quite match fit and his evening comes to end, as he is replaced by Alexandre Lacazette.
- Yellow cardGranit XhakaArsenal
Xhaka goes into the referee's book for clipping the heels of Aguero. Cynical foul and the right decision by Michael Oliver.
Mendy's shot is blocked and then Aguero lets fly from distance and his effort is deflected just wide of Cech's post.
Complacent defending from Walker who loses the ball in his own half but Stones is there to mop up for his team mate.
This is the last thing Gunners will want to read...
Absolutely no surprise that City start on the front-foot, winning a corner which ultimately comes to nothing.
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Manchester City get the second-half up and running. Surprised Emery hasn't made a change at the break, particularly in midfield where they look even more lightweight than usual.
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Sterling's 50th Premier League separates the sides but if anything City will be frustrated they only hold a one-goal advantage at the break.
It has been a baptism of fire for Unai Emery who has to get his thinking cap on at the interval.
Four minutes of added time to play at the end of a one-sided first-half. City should probably be out of sight by now.
Arsenal spring an attack on the counter, with a diagonal pass setting Aubameyang free. He rushes his shot though, dragging the ball well wide of the goal. Snatched at it.
Almost a goal on his debut for Mahrez! He finds himself in a one-vs-one situation with Lichsteiner, he drops the shoulder and flashes a low shot which goes agonisingly wide of the right-hand post.
It's supposed to be a new era for Arsenal but the same old problems are still evident; a vulnerable defence not helped by the lack of ideas in attack.
- OffAinsley Maitland-NilesArsenal
- OnStephan LichtsteinerArsenal
ARSENAL SUB: Emery is forced into an early change in personnel as Maitland-Niles cannot continue. It's a baptism of fire for Stephan Lichsteiner who comes on for his debut.
Arsenal launch a counter-attack with Ramsey leading the charge after the Welshman nicked the ball from Fernandinho in midfield. He sends Ozil racing forward, who in turn feeds Mkhitaryan but he doesn't have the confidence to go it alone and turns into trouble, losing possession.
This is a concern for Arsenal as Maitland-Niles, who is filling in at left-back, limps off the pitch. We could yet see Welbeck filling the void.
Maitland-Niles needs treatment - he was racing down the flank when Walker crashed into him at pace.
Another sight of goal for Laporte who wriggles free to meet the corner delivery but glances his header wide.
Cech fumbles Mahrez's vicious free-kick but he gathers himself quickly to block the rebound from Laporte.
Sokratis is caught out of position and the last thing he needs is the sight of Aguero charging at him at pace. So he decides to swipe him down from the side, conceding a free-kick on the edge of the box and earning a yellow card in the process.
Mkhitaryan has been virtually anonymous thus far. And when he does finally receive the ball he completely wastes it, swinging a diagonal pass searching for Aubameyang out of play.
The visitors' dominance is demonstrated in the possession stats: Arsenal 39% - City 61%.
Arsenal go close to an equaliser. Bellerin kills the ball with beautiful control, drops the shoulder and skips past Mendy who dives in early. His shot is low and hard but straight down the middle for Ederson who saves with his feet.
City continue to heap pressure on the hosts. What a start from Pep's men. It could be two: Mendy drifts past Ozil too easily before delivering a cross which Cech has to be alert to keep out.
It seems the City manager brings out the best in the England international.
After a summer of criticism, Sterling silences the doubters with a terrific strike.
- GoalRaheem SterlingManchester City
GOAL! Arsenal 0-1 Man City
The visitors have been knocking on the door for some time and now they find the opener. It's much too easy for Sterling. He is allowed too much time and space to cut inside, dancing past two challenges, before curling a low shot into the bottom corner.
Mahrez is looking lively in and around the Arsenal box. He runs onto a ball down the line from Walker, beats his marker for pace but his cross is too close to Cech who palms the danger clear.
Well, half-hearted appeals. Ramsey gets caught up in a tangle with Stones in the box but Oliver ignores Arsenal's complaints.
Aguero's clever flick-on is latched onto by Sterling. He twists and turns, knocking the ball past Mustafi to create a room for a shot. But from an acute angle he can't beat Cech at his near post.
City swarm forward in large numbers and Walker is picked out in acres of space on the left side of the penalty area. His cross is disappointing though, drilling it hard and low at the feet of Cech.
- Yellow cardRaheem SterlingManchester City
Sterling takes a heavy touch and follows through on Guendouzi. Referee Michael Oliver has little option other than to produce his first yellow card of the afternoon.
Arsenal register their shot on target of the season but it's very comfortable for Ederson who has to barely move to collect Ramsey's weak effort from distance.
Is this the best time to play City? Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville believes so. They are missing De Bruyne, Kompany, Sane and Otamendi, but is there ever a good time to play City?
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Arsenal get us underway at the Emirates.
Here comes the players. All the talking is over, now it's time for the action. Can Emery start his Arsenal career with a victory or will Pep's side reign victorious? All the action is next and it's LIVE!
Mahrez is one new face in the City squad but Benjamin Mendy also feels like a new signing. The full-back hasn't started a match in the Premier League since September 2017! It's good to have him back.
Unai Emery could become the first Arsenal boss to lose his opening league fixture since Steve Burtenshaw's team lost 1-0 to Spurs in March 1986.
No team has managed to defend the Premier League title in almost a decade, when Manchester United won three on the trot between 2007 and 2009, but would you really rule out Pep's free-flowing charges of retaining their crown?
They won the league at a canter last term and have only gone and strengthened their side with Mahrez in midfield. Chelsea were fantastic yesterday at Huddersfield but City completely played them off the park last Sunday in the Community Shield.
Oh, what have we here then?
TOUGH ASK FOR GUNNERS
Arsenal have just two wins in the last 12 meetings with Manchester City (D5, L5).
What an opportunity for the 19-year-old Guendouzi. Despite his age, the teenager has been described as a 'physical, combative midfielder with an eye for a pass who is technically astute and capable of playing under pressure'. Explains why he has been thrown in at the deep end, then.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola: "He [Emery] is an excellent manager. What he achieved - three Europa Leagues in a row - is excellent. He is a good manager and it is good for the Premier League.
"Our target is: try to win as much as we can and in April and May, we will see [the outcome]. If we are good and consistent like last season, we have a good chance."
Arsenal head coach Unai Emery: "After two years with [Pep] Guardiola, they [City] have more stability and security. When you watch their matches, they play with great confidence in themselves and also I think Guardiola's coaching is clear in this team.
"I am 46, he is 47. He started his career as a bigger player than me. His career as a coach is bigger than me."
City's record-signing Riyad Mahrez makes his Premier League debut for the club but a number of key men are missing. Kevin De Bruyne is on the bench and David Silva misses out altogether.
John Stones and Aymeric Laporte form a youthful and promising centre-back partnership. Young Phil Foden is also named amongst the substitutes.
There are debuts for Sokratis Papastathopoulous and Matteo Guendouzi in Emery's first XI but Petr Cech starts ahead of Bernd Leno in goal. New signings Lucas Torreira and Stephan Lichsteiner are also on the bench.
Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Sokratis, Mustafi, Maitland-Niles, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Mkhitaryan, Ramsey, Ozil, Aubameyang. Subs: Leno, Elneny, Lacazette, Torreira, Lichtsteiner, Holding, Iwobi. /// Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Mendy, Silva, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Mahrez, Aguero, Sterling. Subs: Bravo, Kompany, De Bruyne, Sane, Otamendi, Jesus, Foden.
Hello and welcome to our LIVE text commentary of the Premier League clash between Arsenal and champions Manchester City at the Emirates.
Unai Emery takes charge of his first competitive with the Gunners, while Pep Guardiola gets set to defend his league crown.
It's a tough opening fixtures for both sides, but who will come out on top? Kick-off is 4pm.