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

Arsenal Vs Manchester City [Youtube]
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.

Stay with PREMIUM TIMES for Live Updates.

Kick off is 4.p.m

LIVE UPDATE


Line-Ups 

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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