Manchester City begin title defence with dominating victory over Unai Emery's Arsenal

AP     Arsenal's Mesut Ozil

Unai Emery takes on Pep Guardiola's champions in his first game in charge of Arsenal.

"Arsene is more about leaving the freedom to the players to decide how they want to do the actions, how they feel in that moment", said Cech.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles replaced Kolasinac when the Bosnian full-back came off injured in a preseason clash with Chelsea two weeks ago and it remains possible that the youngster will start against City.

Asked how much motivation his players have, Guardiola said: "It is not a question that needs an answer". His battle with Kyle Walker was an intriguing one until injury prematurely ended his day. Although he started brightly with an excellent cross-field ball, this looked like too big a test too soon. Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira are options there, as Emery will want the second midfielder to be the anchorman for the team.

Aaron Ramsey looks like a definite starter as part of the midfield two, and the Arsenal boss will make a late decision on his partner. While his work rate was excellent as ever, he never really got into the game from an attacking point of view. He did some very good things in the World Cup, moving well and creating space for others. It remains to be seen how he will respond to Emery's style of play.

The England forward was outstanding despite having been back in training for less than a week after his exertions in Russian Federation and scored the opening goal as Arsenal, under new management, were swept aside at the Emirates.

"He trained just one week but we needed him today, and he did so well except when he was very exhausted at the end". You would have put your mortgage on the Argentine scoring, but Cech spread himself well to repel the ball out.

But Welbeck has been showing off his versatility on the training ground and we shouldn't rule out seeing the England forward utilised at left-back at the Emirates. Emery brought in goalkeeper Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen this summer, as insurance in case Cech falters, so the current Gunners No. 1 knows he could lose his gig if he continues to struggle. Alexandre Lacazette will start for Arsenal as their central striker.



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