Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck is hailed by Unai Emery - for his versatility

13 Agosto, 2018, 02:19 | Author: Gregg Anderson
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That would make Sterling one of the highest paid players in the Premier League, but Guardiola insists his player is highly valued at City regardless of the contract impasse.

Sterling's representatives had opened talks on a new deal before the World Cup finals this summer, the player having enjoyed an eye-catching season in scoring 18 league goals to help City secure the title, only to postpone those discussions before the tournament.

Sterling played from the start despite only returning to training a week ago, while Kevin De Bruyne came off the substitutes' bench.

Speaking at his pre-game press conference on Friday, Emery spoke about his optimism for the season.

When asked if City had fashioned a ideal performance, Guardiolan told the BBC's Match Of The Day: "Yes". We made a good performance in general and day by day we will get better and better. "But I think this process today is normal, especially against a team like Manchester City".

New Arsenal Manager Unai Emery, who makes his Premier League debut with the Gunners on Sunday.

Sterling celebrated his, and Manchester City's, opening goal of the 2018-19 Premier League season with a gesture aimed at silencing his critics following his goalless World Cup campaign for England this summer.

Looking completely lost in midfield and falling to track the run of Bernardo Silva for the second goal, the Swiss worldwide continues to look like a player with little direction.

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There were a number of concerning moments with the ball at his feet.

Guendouzi made a shocking error, taking an air shot at a bouncing ball, allowing Aguero to run through on goal.

New centre-back Sokratis looked as shaky as partner Shkodran Mustafi, while game but jittery youngster Guendouzi and serial offender Granit Xhaka - giving a greatest hits performance that involved giving the ball away in unsafe areas, a lazy booking and needlessly embellished sideways passes - offered only a flimsy screen.

In the end it mattered little.

He faces a Guardiola who is now fully into the swing of things at Manchester City and had an unparalleled domestic campaign past year where City racked up 100 points.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a late goal ruled out for offside that summed up the Gabonese striker's afternoon. But we are delighted with him and would like Raheem to stay.

Although Emery might set his team up in a 4-2-3-1, we might see them switch toa 4-4-2 off the ball to counter City. Unfortunately, we lacked invention to find the killer pass.

"When you play against a team of City's quality and confidence it is always going to be hard". And we count on him.

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