Mesut Ozil named Arsenal co-captain by boss Unai Emery

Ross Houston
August 12, 2018

Mahrez bent an effort just wide of the post as he looked to mark his Premier League debut for the champions with a goal with City taking nearly complete control of proceedings leading up to the interval. Aaron Ramsey and Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be the creative outlets alongside Mesut Ozil who has a point to prove of his own, after the debacle that this summer was for the former German global.

Manchester City: Ederson 6, Walker 6, Stones 7, Laporte 7, Mendy 6, Silva 8, Fernandinho 7, Gundogan 7, Mahrez 7, Aguero 7, Sterling 8.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Matteo Guendouzi make their debuts in Unai Emery's competitive debut in charge of the Gunners.

Another new signing, Stephan Lichtsteiner from Juventus, had to replace full back Ainsley Maitland-Niles before the interval and in the second half Uruguayan Lucas Torreira, who is expected to become an important defensive midfielder, also came on. After netting 23 goals for City last season, and facing some suggestions that he could not maintain that form in front of goal, this was some start.

Pep Guardiola also has a couple of injuries but will consider himself the more fortunate manager of the two as his starters are fit for the game.

"In my career I want leaders..."

"Our style with the ball is to be protagonists, to do things with combinations, to control the match with the positioning of the ball", Emery told Sky Sports.

Manchester City's club-record scorer netted 21 times in just 25 appearances as his side stormed to the title, and he will be hoping to get off to another quick start when they begin their defence against Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium this afternoon.

"I know exactly what we did to achieve that and we start from there. Now, when I say something to them, they know exactly what we have to do".

Aguero should have doubled City's lead when he was clean through - but Cech made a crucial intervention after coming off his line to deny the Argentine. So, the fans looking to catch Arsenal vs Manchester City football match online will have to access Hotstar app or website for live online streaming.

That should cause Man City some problems if they all gel very quickly.

'He won more than you, ' they sang back.

Bernardo Silva celebrates with Leroy Sane during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Brighton and Hove Albion.

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