Arsenal's loss to Man City shows the work ahead for Unai Emery

Arsenal FC head coach Unai Emery during the Pre-season friendly between Arsenal and SS Lazio at Friends Arena

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City rarely looked troubled by Arsenal as the champions opened their Premier League title defense with a 2-0 victory on Sunday.

While others bemoaned their lack of signings and questioned their club hierarchy's pre-season preparations, most notably Guardiola's nemesis in the red half of Manchester Jose Mourinho, the Catalan had nothing but praise for his squad and his employers, saying: "I can not complain for one minute".

Arsenal have the unenviable task of taking on the Champions of the Premier League on their opening match. A full list of TV coverage from around the world can be found here.

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. He lashed one first-half shot wide, but generally struggled to get into the game. With Arsenal keen to play out from the back, City exerted pressure high up the pitch.

"Many players did a sacrifice, Stones, Walker, we trained for only one week but the spirit is there".

For City, it's a lovely start away from home and it shows that even this early in the season, this team is once again the favorite to win the league. Going forward, things were made particularly hard for him by the absence of a natural left-back to lend him support.

The France worldwide missed most of last season with an injury and Guardiola admitted his return is still a work in progress. "Hopefully we can convince him to be calm and forget the social media!"

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And it was Guendouzi who received the blame from his Arsenal teammates after Sterling bagged the first goal.

As Pep Guardiola's side strolled to three points, they started singing about Arsenal's former manager, but their Gunners' counterparts produced a brilliant response.

"Today is the first step". They need to take the game to City, if they do this - they will hurt this City team that looks to be flying at the moment.

They need to be positive going forward, and be very assured in possession.

However, Emery is adamant that the aggressive style of play he will bring to the club will be the deciding factor this season.

We've all seen how nonchalant Hazard can be when scoring from the spot, waiting for the goalkeeper to move and commit himself before casually rolling the ball in the opposite corner. This process is normal. "In the second half, we forced them to make mistakes and we had some opportunities".

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