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Guardiola's side looked unstoppable for the first half an hour but then took their foot off the gas and allowed Arsenal back into it, although they won at a canter. "We are a strong team, after that we will see".

Petr Cech started in goal for Arsenal's defeat to Manchester City.

Welbeck, 27, has traditionally played in more advanced positions during his career, but with Sead Kolasinac out for two months with a knee injury and Nacho Monreal also unavailable for their Premier League opener against Manchester City on Sunday, Emery has been toying with using the England global as a left-back. "Hopefully we can convince him to be calm and forget the social media!"

"When we are thinking in an attacking moment, I want the goalkeeper thinking for that, he is the first. I didn't intentionally go in to make a bad challenge", he added. More goals, more assists.

Welbeck has been linked with a move away from the Gunners for much of the summer, despite forming part of Gareth Southgate's squad which reached the semi-finals of the World Cup.

It marked a contrast to the 23-year-old's performances during England's run at Russian Federation 2018, where a string of intelligent and industrious attacking displays were stained by wayward finishing.

City's second-string side still too good for off-the-pace Arsenal: Vincent Kompany, Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sane and Nicolas Otamendi all started on the bench but yet City were still far superior than their hosts.

With Laurent Koscielny out for the foreseeable future, Sokratis Papastathopoulos is likely to make his Arsenal debut alongside Shkodran Mustafi at the heart of the defence.

And, despite just a week of sessions on the practice pitch, City picked up where they left off last term with a confident display that easily put Arsenal to the sword.

"Mendy has a lot of things to improve".

When asked the question of do you think Aubameyang will a serious contender for the league's top goalscorer award, he simply replied with a one-worded answer "yes".

The midfielder started at left-back with Sead Kolasinac injured and Nacho Monreal returning from a knee problem, and he was replaced by right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner, who made his Arsenal debut.

'Also he has this experience to continue defending our goal.

City thrashed Wenger's Arsenal 3-0 twice in four days last season but there was renewed vigour heading into the campaign, with Emery keen not to dwell on the Frenchman's reign and admitting he has not held a conversation with his predecessor at any point.

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