There's been a lot of talking - Sterling explains Arsenal goal celebration

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Like Arsenal, Manchester City have a few injuries at the start of the Premier League season.

David Silva could be a question mark for Sunday's fixture as well.

Another worry for Arsenal is that their left-back situation worsened when Ainsley Maitland-Niles hobbled off in the first half with a leg injury. With the addition of Mahrez, they have an even better squad than they did last season.

Arsenal hosted Manchester City on the opening weekend of the Premier League season on Sunday afternoon.

New boss Unai Emery has also selected Petr Cech, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka to be part of a leadership group. If not, Aubameyang is likely to start from the left flank, although he may the lead the line here.

New centre-back Sokratis looked as shaky as partner Shkodran Mustafi, while game but jittery youngster Guendouzi and serial offender Granit Xhaka - giving a greatest hits performance that involved giving the ball away in risky areas, a lazy booking and needlessly embellished sideways passes - offered only a flimsy screen.

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Guardiola's side might become more technical at the back this season, with Aymeric Laporte and John Stones seemingly his first-choice combination, with the more rugged Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi back-ups. With an extra speed merchant, Arsenal opened up City a handful of times in the following moments.

Pick up the Kit of Champions at the City Store! Ederson, meanwhile, has a very long kick he's not afraid to showcase, despite City's focus on possession. "I didn't intentionally go in to make a bad challenge", he added.

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.

Arsenal were playing a competitive match without Wenger in charge for the first time since September 1996. The same when we are thinking defensively, I want our strikers to be thinking: "We need to protect the goalkeepers". That said though this is still a tricky opener for the Champions.

"We have to continue working tactically and defensively, and also making shorter the difference between Manchester City and us". N'Golo Kante, Paul Pogba, Dele Alli, Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard: it was only four weekends ago that all of these players participated in the final games in Russian Federation, but they're already back and doing what they do best.

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