Pep Guardiola - Manchester City desire vs. Arsenal 'same as last season'

Guardiola's side were 2-0 victors at the Emirates on Sunday. AFP

Small steps enable Guardiola to see the bigger picture

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has said that he enjoys Unai Emery's tactics of playing the ball out from the back, even though he struggled with it at times in Sunday's 2-0 loss to Manchester City.

"We played a high level considering the lack of physical condition for numerous players who arrived back late after the World Cup". If he does start, Manchester City must be licking their lips with Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling both looking to target the stand-in full-back.

Throughout preseason, Emery stressed he wants to introduce a more aggressive approach to The Gunners way of attacking the opposition, it starts from pressing the opposition right from their 18-yard box. Sometimes you say, 'Wow, what a player we have.' He gives this extra...

But it took City just over 10 minutes to find the opener, and they were helped by more poor Arsenal defending. Myself and many others believe that we perhaps missed a trick in failing to capture a class CDM and I hope that does not come back to haunt us.

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The victory was the ideal start to City's title defence as they aim to become the first team in a decade to win back-to-back Premier League titles.

"When we could break their lines on the pitch..."

It took a double save from Cech to keep Arsenal in the match, first saving a Riyad Mahrez free kick and then deflecting Aymeric Laporte's follow up out for a corner.

"This team scored five goals against PSG and had a good pre-season".

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"We are a new team who need to improve".

Midfield is also the obvious area in which Liverpool could have improved their starting XI this summer and the signings of Keita & Fabinho leaves you with a much stronger side now. Manchester City were sensational as they cruised to the title last season, amassing 100 points and smashing seemingly every possible record. But such is the fixation with managers, we obsessed over Emery taking over as if it were mainly a change of personalities, of leaders.

"We need to continue working". The only disappointing aspect of City's performance was that they lacked the clinical edge that saw them waltz past teams last season.

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