Published: Sun, August 12, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Welbeck tested in makeshift left-back role for Arsenal

Welbeck tested in makeshift left-back role for Arsenal

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Petr Cech of Arsenal looks dejected after conceding Manchester City's first goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Manchester City at Emirates Stadium on August 12, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. A strong bench contains Kevin de Bruyne, Vincent Kompany, Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus. Emery, even if successful in the long-term, will probably take time to assert himself at a club used to only one man for 22 years.

When asked if City had fashioned a flawless performance, Guardiolan told the BBC's Match Of The Day: "Yes".

"He'll learn a lot about his players, but it's not the norm".

Last weekend's win at Wembley saw us produce some wonderful football, and the performance here at the Emirates was no different. And stopping Manchester City superstar Sergio Aguero could be an ideal way to silence his critics.

Matteo Guendouzi was dealt a baptism of fire by Unai Emery as the midfielder was handed his Arsenal debut against Manchester City on Sunday. "His career as a coach is also bigger than mine".

It was a memorable campaign but City boss Guardiola is well aware that rival teams and managers will be determined to improve and cut them down.

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Another starter who might not make the XI is Aaron Ramsey who suffered a calf injury in pre-season. The new goalkeeper from Bayer Leverkusen might get the nod for his superior ability to play with the ball at his feet - a prerequisite against a team like City. Look at his form and where he puts the ball.

In the end it mattered little.

Arsenal need more from their star man, especially with potent finishers Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette needing quality supply.

"But then we will see on Sunday on the pitch how the team responds against Manchester City".

"I thought we were on top for the rest of the second half", Hughes said. Unfortunately, we lacked invention to find the killer pass.

Manchester City played with the same level of control and authority as last season, dominating possession throughout the game, pressing well and involving their forwards regularly. Inevitably, you can make a few mistakes. So Pep Guardiola will be delighted to have come through a tricky fixture with the three points. "We are satisfied for many, many reasons", Guardiola told Sky Sports.

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