Welbeck tested in makeshift left-back role for Arsenal

Welbeck tested in makeshift left-back role for Arsenal

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

Raheem Sterling gave City the lead in a first half they dominated.

According to Premier League tracking data, Arsenal covered more ground (118km) than any other side on the opening weekend.

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.

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. Although it's obvious he wants Arsenal to play the ball out from the back, one wonders if a more direct approach might have enabled them to bypass City's midfield.

It seemed the goal might open the floodgates, but Cech was in solid form and kept the score down to just one. Not only are Manchester City the title-holders, but they are still unquestionably the team to beat this season. "You always have to demand more to keep that level", Guardiola said.

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"We spoke about this before the game. they know they can do it".

"We arrived after a hard season and I told him I want to help him and would like him to be happy. Hopefully we can convince him to be calm and forget the social media!"

City have now lost only one away game in the league - at Liverpool - of their last 21, and manager Pep Guardiola felt their performance was close to ideal.

The early switch worked, with Lacazette immediately adding to Arsenal's attacking threat, and Emery showed the same boldness when he withdrew the struggling Xhaka for Torreira rather than the inexperienced Guendouzi, who grew into the game and never shied away from responsibility during his 90 minutes on the pitch.

While fans may have been hoping for an easier start to the campaign, some had said it may be the best time to play Pep Guardiola's men. "And today is the first step in that". He departed the club to succeed Wenger at Arsenal with a year remaining on his PSG contract. Together I think we can improve, to win in our way. "In the second half, we forced them to make mistakes and we had some opportunities".

"When we are thinking in an attacking moment, I want the goalkeeper thinking for that, he is the first".

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