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Champions City are impressive winners at Arsenal

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Cassandra Castillo | 13 August, 2018, 01:34

Raheem Sterling opened the scoring with a cool finish early in the first half before Bernardo Silva lashed in City's second after the interval, leaving Guardiola to sing the champions' praises.

The Gunners are looking to finish in the top four for the first time since 2015-16 following two hard campaigns under Arsene Wenger.

Ederson (7/10): A decent outing for the Brazilian worldwide, who made three saves including an important one to deny Hector Bellerin in the first half. He looked uncomfortable with the ball at his feet and seemed to suffer from a lack of confidence after conceding the opener. Additionally, he also completed more passes than any other defender. Many players sacrificed, from Kyle Walker, John Stones even.

Three points earned in a tough fixture when City were never really put under enough pressure to threaten the clean sheet.

What was so remarkable about this performance from Pep Guardiola's side was that it lacked numerous key players that starred as they strolled to the title last campaign.

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Walker and Mendy are two of the most attack-minded full-backs in English football, with Walker, in particular, devastating down City's right at the Emirates. The Spaniard had called for "energy" and "passion" before the game, and his players did not let him down. Torreira is the likeliest candidate to do so against Manchester City. He did just that in the first half with this opening goal, which proved to be the victor. Midfielder Aaron Ramsey is a doubt for the fixture. Emery had clearly noted how City exploited space in the centre of the pitch in last season's meetings with Arsenal, so set up his side to be compact and narrow. But, he was very composed on the ball and kept things simple. Riyad Mahrez makes his Premier League debut for the champions. Tried to cut in and test Cech but Arsenal did well to deny him the shot. However, Wanderers will be disappointed it was not more having played against 10 men for the majority of the game.

"Mendy is Mendy. Sometime you want to kill him and sometimes you say "wow what a player we have", he said.

Sergio Aguero (7/10): Didn't have much of an impact playing as the number nine. "In the second half, we forced them to make mistakes and we had some opportunities". However, he did look good in his link-up play. The players have to know that his team-mates are there to [take their place]. In this precise fixture last season, there were whole areas in the stands that appeared empty. He did it well, except the last 20 minutes when he was really exhausted.

Walked off to be replaced by Leroy Sane with a few minutes left to spare.

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