Published: Mon, August 13, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Arsenal's loss to Man City shows the work ahead for Unai Emery

Arsenal's loss to Man City shows the work ahead for Unai Emery

Unai Emery will likely go with the formulas experimented during pre-season training, when Arsenal take on Manchester City at the Emirates on Sunday.

But Emery has instead opted for Ainsley Maitland-Niles to fill in, with Sokratis partnering Shkodran Mustafi in the heart of the Arsenal defence, while Petr Cech gets the gloves rather than new signing Bernd Leno.

The 27-year-old has struggled for regular football in recent times, either because of injury or the form of other players - with the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Henrikh Mkhitaryan passing him in the pecking order. It remains to be seen how he will respond to Emery's style of play. "Every season is a major season and this game was complicated but we played at a high level".

"Defensively: first it is to be organised, recover the ball quickly".

"We know this [new] way is starting and we need also to do one process one way", Emery said. To say it here is easier than doing it on the pitch.

"I think we were better than them today", Bernardo Silva told Sky Sports.

It doesn't get much easier for Arsenal as they travel to Stamford Bridge next Saturday, while City play host to Huddersfield the following day.

He continued: "We need two things: quality players, which we have, and then organisation".

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What was so remarkable about this performance from Pep Guardiola's side was that it lacked numerous key players that starred as they strolled to the title last campaign.

"When we are thinking in an attacking moment, I want the goalkeeper thinking for that, he is the first".

"We wanted to start here with our supporters", he said.

But Arsenal have a new manager and and some new players, and hopefully some surprising new tactics to try out on Pep Guardiola's team, and as discussed in the previous article they will also hopefully have a new fighting spirit as well. "For me, that is very important".

- Bernardo Silva has scored five goals in his last seven Premier League starts for Manchester City after failing to score in his first nine. But for me, I want to enjoy the way [we do it].

Wenger departed having managed more matches than any manager in Premier League history - winning three league titles and a record seven FA Cup championships in his remarkable career, according to the Premier League site.

He faces a Guardiola who is now fully into the swing of things at Manchester City and had an unparalleled domestic campaign past year where City racked up 100 points.

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