Manchester City make Emery suffer in his Premier League debut

Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah

"I think that Eden in this moment can not play for 90 minutes".

Several, including England stars Raheem Sterling, Kyle Walker and John Stones, cut short their holidays to get back into training with City.

"Today, we finished with the spirit I want". With the addition of Mahrez, they have an even better squad than they did last season.

It was a game that showed Arsenal are very much a work in progress under Emery, who took over from Arsene Wenger this summer, but Emery was confident they are heading in the right direction. "No-one can deny it is complicated, so to win the way we won is more than pleasing".

He faces a Guardiola who is now fully into the swing of things at Manchester City and had an unparalleled domestic campaign previous year where City racked up 100 points. This wasn't their greatest ever performance, but the fact they were so comfortable against a side that would realistically be wanting to challenge them, is paramount of just how good this Manchester City team is.

Guardiola insists his players are still "starving" for success and there is little doubt City's hunger for silverware remains strong.

"We are going to do the medical analysis with the doctor", Emery said when asked about Maitland-Niles' condition, with Sead Kolasinac sidelined by a knee problem.

The former Sevilla boss said the player has worked in that position during their training session yesterday. "I think every day is important to know how they are".

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We've all seen how nonchalant Hazard can be when scoring from the spot, waiting for the goalkeeper to move and commit himself before casually rolling the ball in the opposite corner. Of course our average level is high, but I have a feeling still we can improve.

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

"We needed that guy in that position, and he did it well except the last 25 minutes when he was very exhausted".

One difference for City this season is the presence of Benjamin Mendy at left-back. Jurgen Klopp now has new found wealth of midfield options with Fabinho also joining from Monaco, Adam Lallana returning from injury and captain Jordan Henderson getting back to fitness after his exertions at the World Cup with England. "We want to give him confidence", stated Emery during his pre-match press conference.

Asked to choose between being the first side to retain the Premier League title in nearly ten years and winning the coveted Champions League, most Manchester City fans would probably choose the latter.

"After two years with [Pep] Guardiola, they [City] have more stability and security".

"We wanted to start here with our supporters", he said. Also, I think that Guardiola's coaching is clear on this team. This process is normal. He was in France, he was with many teams in Spain, so he has a lot of experience.

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