Should Arsenal be quietly confident against Man City?

Petr Cech will captain Arsenal against Manchester City this weekend

Manchester City will look to start its title defense on the right foot after putting up one of the finest seasons in Premier League history past year as it put up an astounding 100 points by winning 32 of 38 matches.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles came on for Kolasinac after he was hurt in Arsenal's 1-1 draw with Chelsea on August 1 and Emery said following the match he would not rule out using the 20-year-old against City.

Sterling was booked for a rash early challenge on Arsenal debutant Matteo Guendouzi and conceded referee Michael Oliver could have viewed the tackle in a harsher light.

Pep Guardiola wants Raheem Sterling to stay at Manchester City.

Arsenal boss Unai Emery is excited to be working with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Emery was hired to replace Wenger following the Frenchman's exit at the end of a dismal campaign which saw Arsenal labour to a sixth-place finish in the Premier League - 37 points behind City. 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.

"It wasn't easy because they started the second half very strong". Not many teams are at City's level but Chelsea will be looking to inflict more damage on a wounded Arsenal side.

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But that noisy optimism was punctured in ruthless style by Sterling in the 14th minute.

Cech was at fault for the opener after remaining rooted to the spot as Sterling's curling shot flew into the net.

Arsenal finally threatened when Bellerin's blast forced City goalkeeper Ederson to make a good stop. He did well to prevent a Riyad Mahrez free-kick and then reacted well to stop the follow-up from Aymeric Laporte.

New centre-back Sokratis looked as shaky as partner Shkodran Mustafi, while game but jittery youngster Guendouzi and serial offender Granit Xhaka - giving a greatest hits performance that involved giving the ball away in risky areas, a lazy booking and needlessly embellished sideways passes - offered only a flimsy screen.

Emery has set Aubameyang the target of doing what he did in the Bundesliga previous year, when he scored 31 goals to become the division's top scorer.

The France striker injected more urgency into Arsenal's attacks and sent an effort just wide only moments after coming on.

City responded in emphatic fashion and Silva wrapped up the points in the 64th minute. Fernandinho, Kevin De Bruyne and a Silva - either David or Bernardo - is a familiar trio for the away side.

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