Guardiola keen to solve Sterling contract saga

Arsenal vs Manchester City: 3 key battles in Emery’s league debut

Manchester City's Bernardo Silva celebrates scoring against Arsenal.

Raheem Sterling, who contributed 23 league goals in last season's title triumph that saw City become the first English top-flight team to reach 100 points in a season, left a host of Arsenal defenders trailing in his wake before angling a low shot past Petr Cech.

Arsenal started well, pressing and harrying City, but Guardiola's men absorbed the early pressure and eased their way to ascendancy. And we count on him.

"I am very pleased", Guardiola told a news conference. Bellerin cracked an effort straight at Ederson midway through the first half, but the Gunners were sloppy in the final third - epitomised when Mesut Ozil misjudged a run from Aaron Ramsey and subsequently passed straight to Stones who sparked a counter-attack. But there's more to Mendy's game: He's a brilliant deliverer of the ball from wide positions, not always with traditional crosses but with more incisive, intelligent cut-backs.

"It's clear today Manchester City was demanding our best performance, and today we [can see] we have to continue working, but I am happy with the players because they run, they fight".

In the end the agents may not have agreements and that may not happen.

Emery has promised to take Arsenal in a "new way" after replacing Arsene Wenger in May and there were some signs of it here, although the reigning champions proved to be too strong for the Gunners on their way to a 2-0 win. "I think every day is important to know how they are".

A word of warning, though: Those players might have returned refreshed in the short term from a post-World Cup break and mentally perky from their summer success, but it wouldn't be a surprise if some of them break down when autumn turns to winter. Kevin de Bruyne, Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus, Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi only made the bench, the majority due to their involvement in the World Cup. "He likes to score goals and he tried, but I'm sure in the European qualifiers he will score goals for his country, England".

In response to Cech's embarrassing blunder, Bayer's account posted two epic tweets saying: "We might know a guy", and "In case you all were wondering how to play out of the back".

"I think it's very useful when you want to be the team who create".

"He has a lot of things to improve".

It marked a contrast to the 23-year-old's performances during England's run at Russian Federation 2018, where a string of intelligent and industrious attacking displays were stained by wayward finishing.

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