Unai Emery makes two shock selections for first Arsenal game



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"We played a high level considering the lack of physical condition for numerous players who arrived back late after the World Cup", he said.

"Many players did a sacrifice, Stones, Walker, we trained for only one week but the spirit is there". The only disappointing aspect of City's performance was that they lacked the clinical edge that saw them waltz past teams last season. Against Chelsea, we will analyse the opposition and we will assess how to win this game.

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And Guardiola twisted the knife by insisting City are still some way from their peak.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles came on for Kolasinac after he was hurt in Arsenal's 1-1 draw with Chelsea on August 1 and Emery said following the match he would not rule out using the 20-year-old against City. Now when I say something they know exactly what I want to do. "And then, when we have the space, to be aggressive going forward".

"We spoke about this before the game. they know they can do it".

The anguish did not last long as Benjamin Mendy made his way to the byline and cut the ball back for Silva to emphatically find the top-left corner.

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Key to City's bid for continual improvement is the competition in the squad which requires the players maintain high standards, Guardiola said.

"He has a lot of things to improve". Perhaps we'll see more from him when Lucas Torreira is installed as his regular partner.

Despite their bright start, Arsenal fell behind - Cech failed to cover himself in glory as Sterling opened the scoring a long-range strike that appeared to flash past the unsighted Gunners captain and put City ahead.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang starts up front, with Alexandre Lacazette among the subs.

"We needed more but I am happy with the players, they run and fight", Emery said. "And today is the first step in that. We've just got to focus on ourselves and we need to get these games out of the way one by one".

City thrashed Wenger's Arsenal 3-0 twice in four days last season but there was renewed vigour heading into the campaign, with Emery keen not to dwell on the Frenchman's reign and admitting he has not held a conversation with his predecessor at any point.

DF Sokratis Papastathopoulos, 6 - A taxing if not eye-catching debut for the Greek global, who was booked for a cynical foul that suggested he might yet prove to be the kind of no-nonsense centre-half Arsenal need.

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