Arsenal need tactical work to bridge Man City divide, says Emery

Tanya Simon
August 13, 2018

Another bonus for City was the performance of Benjamin Mendy, who made his first Premier League start since September following a cruciate knee ligament injury.

"Of course we accept the challenge to win back-to-back, but what we have to do is to be ourselves".

Stephan Lichtsteiner doesn't expect Arsenal boss Unai Emery to change his methods after defeat to Manchester City.

Goals from Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva gave the Citizens a deserved 2-0 victory over Arsenal in their opening match on Sunday afternoon.

Chris Wood directs a header towards the goal in Burnley's EPL opener, a 0-0 draw with Southampton.

Sterling received the ball on the left, skipped inside past some ineffective tackles from Hector Bellerin and Matteo Gendouzi before the England winger buried the ball past Cech's left for his 50th Premier League goal. Today we watched and saw we have to continue working. I think he played well.

Arsenal must be admired for trying to pass out from the back and play football against Man City. The last two seasons at the London Stadium have been far from good enough with us flirting with relegation on both occasions. Especially in the first game when Arsenal have a new manager.

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Guardiola, whose Barcelona came up against Emery as Valencia coach, is in only his third season at City. Earlier this summer, Manchester City broke their transfer record signing Leicester City star man Riyad Mahrez in a bid to increase competition on the wings. He puts pressure on us to improve and he's seen the results.

"We saw [Sterling] good in the training session and we needed someone in that position and he did it well although he exhausted in the last 20-25 minutes", the City boss added.

If you look broadly at our league rivals, it is fair to say that many of them have also done some good business, which is likely to make the league very competitive this season. He was in France, he was with many teams in Spain, so he has a lot of experience.

"In the first half we needed more belief in our performance".

Liverpool, which finished fourth last season, hasn't won the English title since 1990.

"He is a smart, intelligent, well-prepared manager, so he will know exactly what to do".

"We were improving during the 90 minutes like I think we need for next week and the next match", Emery, who took over from long-serving Arsene Wenger in May, told reporters.

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