Arsenal Vs Manchester City (LIVE UPDATES): Gunners dare defending champions

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Arsenal Vs Manchester City [Youtube]

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

Arsenal with the kick off at the Emirates

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

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