5 things we learned from the Premier League weekend

13 Agosto, 2018, 01:36 | Author: Thomas Hicks
  • Arsenal v Manchester City – Premier League – Emirates Stadium

Arsenal have turned to Unai Emery to replace Wenger at the north London side following the Frenchman's 22 seasons in charge. City's left-back missed nearly the entirety of last season through injury, and his overlapping will bring an extra dimension to City's attacking play.

Pep Guardiola hopes to convince Raheem Sterling to stay at Manchester City for a long time.

The 27-year-old has often been praised for his versatility and it seems Emery is keen to embrace this quality as he prepares for his first competitive game as Gunners boss.

"Our style with the ball is to be protagonists, to do things with combinations, to control the match with the positioning of the ball", Emery told Sky Sports.

Emery's reign as Arsenal manager began with a loss as goals in each half from Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva sealed victory for the Premier League champions at the Emirates Stadium.

Those that know him say Emery watches 12 hours of video for each game, and you can expect the Arsenal players to watch a good few hours too preparing for this match. Torreira is the likeliest candidate to do so against Manchester City.

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They know that all too well at the Emirates.

Manchester City laid down a marker to their title rivals with a comfortable 2-0 win against Arsenal, prompting manager Pep Guardiola to claim he was "privileged" to manage the Premier League champions.

One difference for City this season is the presence of Benjamin Mendy at left-back. Monreal, however, came back from the World Cup with a knock and was unable to take part in any pre-season training or matches since his return. Although it's obvious he wants Arsenal to play the ball out from the back, one wonders if a more direct approach might have enabled them to bypass City's midfield.

While others bemoaned their lack of signings and questioned their club hierarchy's pre-season preparations, most notably Guardiola's nemesis in the red half of Manchester Jose Mourinho, the Catalan had nothing but praise for his squad and his employers, saying: "I can not complain for one minute". Working to help when we need quick pressing against the opposition.

"He was good in training", Guardiola said. "But I think this process today is normal, especially against a team like Manchester City".

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. This process is normal. He was dogged at the back, making two interceptions and four clearances, more than any other player from his side.

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