Arsenal need tactical work to bridge Man City divide, says Emery

Lynette Rowe
August 13, 2018

In the big match of the opening round, Arsenal were defeated 2-0 at home by Manchester City as new manager Unai Emery was welcomed to the competition with defeat to opposite Pep Guardiola's men at the Emirates Stadium in London.

Another bonus for City was the performance of Benjamin Mendy, who made his first Premier League start since September following a cruciate knee ligament injury.

And Leno's former club Bayer also got involved, responding to a clip of the blunder with two tweets saying: 'We might know a guy, ' and 'In case you all were wondering how to play out of the back'.

'We are getting obsessed with this stupid let's play out from the back, split the centre-halves either side of the 18-yard box and go and play from there. Meanwhile, a new-look defence was left exposed all match and their ineffective attempts to play out from the back were met with cheers when they reverted to long goal kicks.

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.

Guardiola insists City would be foolish to think they will ease to the title by such a significant margin once again and believes Arsenal will be part of a strong chasing pack over the course of the season.

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It was a chastening introduction to the Premier League for new Arsenal manager Unai Emery, who has replaced Arsene Wenger following the Frenchman's 22-year reign. They show me on the pitch whether they are hungry or not.

Cech made several saves to keep Arsenal in the game but also seemed to struggle a bit when playing with his feet, almost scoring an own goal in the first half when he mishit a back pass from Guendouzi. "Mendy has a lot of things to improve and hopefully we can convince him to forget a little bit the social media and improve a few things". "And the second half is the moment we had chances for doing a better result".

Speaking in an interview quoted by the Daily Telegraph, Emery said: "I said to him when he arrived with us, "I want the best performance in your career".

"With Kyle and him, we have that extra energy". "Also, Leno is starting with us".

TFC, the defending champions with largely the exact same roster as last season, sit ninth, now seven points back of the sixth and final playoff place after Montreal and Philadelphia picked up points on Saturday. Working to help when we need quick pressing against the opposition.

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