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Arsenal vs Manchester City at Emirates Stadium

Emirates Stadium Referee : Michael Oliver
12th August 2018 4:00 PM (BST)
  • 0 Arsenal

  • 2 Manchester City

    • ‘14' Raheem Sterling
    • ‘64' Bernardo Silva


Commentary By Paul Handler


Thank you and good evening!

We'll wrap up our matchday centre here - we're up and running with three points! Thanks for joining, we'll be back next Sunday for our match against Huddersfield at the Etihad Stadium! Until then...

Guardiola reaction

"I said many times, our average level is high, you cannot deny that. I have a feeling we can improve. Like inserting Mendy into the group. Today our pressing was different than Chelsea. To understand that needs time. But in general, I am more than satisfied what I saw against Chelsea and Arsenal."


Sterling reaction

"First game of the season and we wanted to start well and I'm happy to contribute."

Sterling added: "We've just got to focus on ourselves, those games will come. We've played a massive game today, Arsenal, we just need to get them out of the way one by one, not worry about (other) results, we've got to concentrate on our three points."


Bernardo reaction

"To start well is always important so we're very happy. It was a fantastic game for us, so now we have to keep going. We wanted to be professional, to make it serious like last season and we did it. We scored twice, we didn't concede, we defended very well and we were a compact team." 


Analysis from Rob Pollard

That was superb.

For City to start the season with a win and performance like that bodes very well, indeed. We were totally dominant throughout and thoroughly deserve the three points.

Special mention for Bernardo, who was excellent once again. His goal was just the icing on the cake for him. Arsenal couldn’t handle him.

What a start!


Opening day win

Goals from Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva seal victory at Arsenal. Fantastic to start the title defence with a win - and you sense there's plenty more to come!



An excellent block there from Mendy to snuff out an Arsenal attack. Entering the last few minutes here and City just need to close this out. We've not been at our fluid best but if it stays like this there will be few complaints!



Almost! An old-fashioned goal-mouth scramble but a clear chance just wouldn't fall for City.  In the end Mendy's deflected shot is caught by Cech.


Any more for any more?

Gabriel Jesus runs onto a decent-looking Bernardo ball, before Gundogan's cross sails across the box. You sense there could be another goal in the late stages of this game 🤔


Gunners challenge

Arsenal still trying to push forward here as we enter the later stages of the game, but Ederson is comfortable for the most part.



You will not see a better connection all season. Bernardo latched onto Mendy's assist and met the ball perfectly, arcing it powerfully into the top corner. Look out for that one on the highlights!



There's a tense atmosphere in the game now - as if both teams know what a vital period of the game this is. CHANCE - Aguero blasts a shot goalwards and it's deflected for a corner.



This man has been excellent in the first half - you sense there is more to come from City though and Pep will be asking for his players to put this result beyond doubt!



A promising position for City turns into an Arsenal counter after Gundogan's attempted through-ball is cut out. There is the odd warning sign for City here...


Double save!

Cech first denies Mahrez' free-kick strike and then Laporte's follow up. From the resulting corner Laporte's header goes wide. City out for a second!


From's Rob Pollard

Given the preseason we’ve had after our heavy World Cup involvement, this start from City is impressive. We’re keeping the ball brilliantly and attacking with purpose - exactly where we left off last season when we collected a record 100 Premier League points.

Kudos to Pep and the staff. Their preparations, under difficult circumstances, have been exceptional.



Chances at either end - first Ederson parries Bellerin's driven shot, then Aguero shoots wide before Cech almost passes the ball into his own net! 


Goal getter

Sterling scored 18 Premier League goals last season and he's up and running for this campaign - it was a fine lateral run and a comprehensive finish!



Kyle Walker bursts to the byline but his cross is over the danger zone and Arsenal clear. Shortly after Bernardo Silva tries to slide Sergio Aguero in but the striker just can't make it. Better from City!


Riyad bow

A Premier League City debut for Riyad Mahrez today - such a wonderful player to watch, lovely balance and absolutely glides across the turf 👌


Mendy motivation

Big afternoon for Benjamin Mendy - his first PL start since injuring his knee at the start of last season. His delivery from the left flank could be a key asset for City.


Team news!

City XI presented by Hays: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Sterling, Gündogan, Agüero, Laporte, Bernardo, Mendy, Fernandinho (C), Riyad Mahrez

Substitutes: Bravo, Kompany, De Bruyne, Sané, Otamendi, Gabriel Jesus, Foden


Mane has just scored his second and Liverpool's third against West Ham. As widely predicted in pre-season, the Anfield side look they will be tough challengers this year! First though, Arsenal!


Analysis from's Rob Pollard...

City are stepping into the unknown this afternoon. This is a new-look Arsenal side, both on the pitch and in the dugout, with the effect of Unai Emery’s appointment yet to be seen. It’s a new era at Arsenal, a club that has changed managers less than any other this century. 

Arsenal are likely to be more pragmatic and tightly organised under his watch. Something tells me this afternoon’s encounter won’t be much like the consecutive 3-0 victories we managed against them last season, at Wembley in the Carabao Cup final and then a few days later at the Emirates in the league.

There’s an air of expectancy here among the Arsenal fans but stopping City, as we saw so often last season, isn’t easy. Every manager in the Premier League knows how we play, but we’re so effective – both in possession and on the counter – that nullifying us is a difficult task.

Remember: we dropped just 14 points throughout the entirety of the last Premier League campaign, a remarkable statistic that will take some beating.


And while we're on the subject of history - this is the City line-up from the last time we faced an Arsenal side not managed by Arsene Wenger! 

Immel, Frontzeck, Symons, Kernaghan, Summerbee, Kinkladze, Clough, Flitcroft, Lomas, Creaney, Rosler 

That was March 1996!


We've an intriguing match in prospect today - who does Pep Guardiola go with for his first league selection? Do you put Belgian ace Kevin De Bruyne straight back in? Do you hand a start to new boy Riyad Mahrez? Who do you go with as your central defensive pairing - if indeed you go with a four-at-the-back formation!