Premier League holders Manchester City had a relatively comfortable afternoon at the Emirates as they beat Unai Emery’s Arsenal by a 2-0 scoreline. The Gunners were fancied to play with a fresh impetus following their change in management but they struggled to cope with the creativity of the Citizens, who made the most of their chances. Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva found the scoresheet for the reigning champions in the first and second half respectively.
Raheem Sterling returns to scoring ways: Sterling enjoyed a fantastic season on a personal scale last term as he netted 23 goals across all competitions. However, he had a very average World Cup with England where he could not find the scoresheet in their run to the semi-final stage. Irrespective of this, Sterling appears to have once more found his scoring range and it took him just 14 minutes into the new league season to curl the opener past Petr Cech.
Granit Xhaka struggling to impress: The Swiss has been largely inconsistent with his performances over the past couple of seasons and the City game was no different as he mistimed a few passes which could have quite easily cost the team in terms of goals. Emery may consider Xhaka’s position for the Chelsea game next weekend with summer signings Lucas Torreira and Mateo Guendouzi looking much comfortable playing together during the latter stages of the City game.
Ederson’s indecisiveness with his distribution: Ederson was often praised for his accurate distribution skills from the back last term but he has not quite started the new campaign in the same vein of form. With Arsenal constantly applying the pressure on him, Ederson misplaced his passes on a couple of occasions but fortunately for him, the Gunners never looked like capitalising on the mistakes in a rather toothless display in front of goal.
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