“But I think this process today is normal, especially against a team like Manchester City”.
Victory ensured that Guardiola continues to have the Indian sign over his opposite number, with Sunday’s win his seventh in 11 matches against his fellow Spaniard Emery.
Aaron Ramsey looks like a definite starter as part of the midfield two, and the Arsenal boss will make a late decision on his partner.
Arsenal have plenty of options in attack, and Emery, to bring the best out of Mesut Ozil, will likely place him in his preferred No. 10 position.
Liverpool signaled its determination to challenge for the title by spending more than $200 million on players, more than any other Premier League team in the summer transfer window. “In the second half, we forced them to make mistakes and we had some opportunities”.
But when Petr Cech tried passing to Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis Papastathopoulos or Matteo Guendouzi instead of going long, it just wasn’t working.
And City, in their usual ruthless, unforgiving nature, would eventually punish the plethora of sloppy Arsenal play in the final third.
By the interval they had conceded again after leaving three attackers unmarked in front of goal. In truth, it’s hard to identify one particular area where Arsenal nailed their gameplan.
It was clear at the Emirates Stadium that Arsenal’s players were trying to stick to Emery’s philosophy of pressing high and playing out from the back.
“He has a lot of things to improve”.
Mendy is, on first glance, a classic overlapping left-back with tremendous speed and energy. N’Golo Kante, Paul Pogba, Dele Alli, Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard: it was only four weekends ago that all of these players participated in the final games in Russian Federation, but they’re already back and doing what they do best.
Guardiola wants his full-backs to overlap more regularly this season. But, owing to match fitness and sharpness, Maitland-Niles could well start.
“It’s only the middle of August and then in September the games will come”.
“We played a high level considering the lack of physical condition for numerous players who arrived back late after the World Cup”, he said. Silva’s finish was superb. “I’ve got to keep improving and getting more goals”. “Sometimes you want to kill him and sometimes you think, ‘what a player!'” When you play against a team with such quality and the confidence of being champions from the last season it was always going to be hard. Mendy acknowledged that criticism, inevitably, via social media.