Manchester City are set for a tough start to their league title defence as they face a rejuvenated Arsenal team this Sunday at the Emirates stadium.
A feisty clash is expected as new Gunners’ boss, Unai Emery, and Pep Guardiola go head-to-head for the first time in the Premier League. Previous clashes in the Spanish League saw Guardiola’s Barcelona dominating Emery’s Sevilla.
With fellow title contenders Manchester United, Chelsea, Spurs and the likes all starting out with victories, City and Arsenal will also want to follow suit.
Last season, Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal were beaten home and away by City; and Arsenal will surely want to avoid that under the new coach.
Indeed, Guardiola faces a different task this time around, with long-time foe Emery now at the helm.
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Kick off is 4.p.m
Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Mustafi, Sokratis, Ozil, Maitland-Niles, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Ramsey, Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang
Subs: Leno, Lichtsteiner, Holding, Elneny, Iwobi, Torreira, Lacazette
Man City: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Mendy, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Bernardo, Mahrez, Sterling, Agüero
Subs: Bravo, Kompany, De Bruyne, Sané, Otamendi, Jesus, Foden
Nice passing game by the Gunners in the early exchanges..
Chance! Ramsey gets an opening but he takes a tame effort
Free kick to Arsenal.. Aubameyang brought down by Laporte
Yellow card to Raheem Sterling
Matteo Guendouzi back for Arsenal after receiving treatment
Cech makes a good save.
Sterling strikes from a close range but Cech makes a point blank save
Arsenal have won just twice in their last 12 meetings against Manchester City
Mahrez wriggles his way and tries a shot but well checkmated by Cech
GOAL!!!! Raheem Sterling gives City the lead
Solo effort by the England international
Looking like Arsenal have been thrown off balance with that goal as they are getting every foot wrong now
Xhaka’s intended pass too long and the advantage is back for City who have a goal kick and a goal lead.
Aguero hits the side net after Bellerin sees his effort saved
Cech almost makes things worse for Arsenal with an own goal
Aubameyang unable to control the long pass directed to him
Sterling with another effort but Cech makes the expected save
City have won their last seven opening day games in the Premier League and they are looking here now
Sokratis gets a yellow card as he brings down Aguero at the edge of the Arsenal penalty box
Mahrez takes the free kick and Cech with a save
Some reprieve for Arsenal as City continue to pile the pressure on the Gunners
Maitland-Niles is down injured and receives medical treatment on the pitch
Game back on
Arsenal with a moment of their own.. but good defending by City
Awful way to begin the season.. Maitland-Niles goes off injured
Lichtsteiner takes the place of the injured player
Ozil tries a cross but intercepted by John Stones
Riyad Mahrez with a decent effort just off target by inches
City are in control at the Emirates.. still 1-0 and the visitors win a corner kick
Four minutes added time
Half Time… Arsenal 0-1 Manchester City
We are back for the second half.. Manchester City have got the game back underway
No changes from both managers yet
Arsenal will have to attack more to salvage anything from this game
City take their seventh corner of the game.. none for Arsenal yet.
Mendy’s shot blocked and Aguero hits the ball but only wins a corner kick for City
Ramsey and Ozil fail to communicate effectively and lose possession to City
Yellow card for Xhaka as the Arsenal man hacks down Aguero..
Umery bringing in Lacazzette for Aaron Ramsey
Arsenal should be switching to a 4-3-3 formation after that change
Chance! Inches wide for new entrant Lacazzette
Kevin de Bryune comes in for Mahrez
Save!!! Aguero one on one against Cech and the Arsenal keeper stops the Argentine
GOAL!!! Bernardo Silva makes it two for City
Arsenal get their first corner of the game in the 66th minute
Ozil Oil has been poor in today’s game and the German gives away the possession again
Torerria comes on for Arsenal
Granit Xhaka is pulled off
Time tickling away.. still Arsenal 0-2 Manchester City
Ball in the net.. but no goal for Arsenal as Aubameyang already ruled offside
Gabriel Jesus has already been brought in for Sergio Aguero
Mendy hits the ball in the Arsenal box but Cech makes a comfortable save.
Raheem Sterling gives way for Leroy Sane as Manchester City make their final change of the game
Lacazzette blows the ball over the bar
De Bryune with a shot. Over the bar and it’s game over
Full Time.. Arsenal 0-2 Manchester City