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Sterling is loved and wanted at Manchester City, says Guardiola

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Cary Erickson | 13 August, 2018, 08:25

New Arsenal boss Unai Emery could start Danny Welbeck at left-back against current champions Manchester City as the Gunners' first choice full-backs Nacho Monreal and Saed Kolasinac are out injured for this afternoon's game.

In the final fixture of Premier League's Gameweek 1, two of the big boys in Arsenal and Manchester City competed at the Emirates Stadium.

Despite their bright start, Arsenal fell behind - Cech failed to cover himself in glory as Sterling opened the scoring a long-range strike that appeared to flash past the unsighted Gunners captain and put City ahead.

"And the first away game at Arsenal, nobody can tell me it's not complicated".

"We played a high level considering the lack of physical condition for numerous players who arrived back late after the World Cup", he said.

"Many players made a sacrifice - John Stones, Kyle Walker, Fernandinho".

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But on the evidence of this game, City look ready to break that trend.

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Installed as heavy favourites to finish top again - which would make them the first team to defend the title since Manchester United in 2008-09 - City's ruthless performance was ominous for their rivals.

"I am happy with the players", Emery said.

"Emery has had longer with his team than anyone else - they've largely all been together for the whole of pre-season - and they could potentially cause an upset against City on day one". "To win here and the way we played is so important for our confidence". The French full-back claimed an assist for Silva's goal but Guardiola says he has a lot to improve.

The second half started in much the same fashion and Aguero had the first chance when he saw his shot deflected out for a corner.

One difference for City this season is the presence of Benjamin Mendy at left-back.

The second tweet had a video attached of Leno comfortably passing into defence last season and starting a goalscoring move. "Hopefully we can convince him to be calm and forget the social media!"

Raheem Sterling gave the visitors the lead inside 15 minutes when he cut inside Hector Bellerin before firing the ball past a near-motionless Petr Cech in the Arsenal goal.

"I said to him when he [Welbeck] arrived with us after the holidays, I want the best performance in his career from this player - and to work for that", he said.