The Big Match Tactical View: Arsenal v Manchester City

Jamie Redknapp

Jamie Redknapp

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

The pair missed the Community Shield last week after returning to training late following the World Cup. He lashed one first-half shot wide, but generally struggled to get into the game. "We defended very well and were a very compact team". Perhaps we'll see more from him when Lucas Torreira is installed as his regular partner.

Raheem Sterling cut through the defense easily before putting City ahead in the 14th minute, and Bernardo Silva curled in the second in the 64th at the Emirates Stadium.

Cech made several saves to keep Arsenal in the game but also seemed to struggle a bit when playing with his feet, almost scoring an own goal in the first half when he mishit a back pass from Guendouzi.

"With Unai, we work specifically (what) we want to do and how we want to do it".

He said: "Mendy is Mendy".

Welbeck's ability to operate in a number of different roles within the attack has sometimes worked against him when it has come to nailing down a specific position. Sometimes you say, "Wow, what a player". "Hopefully we can convince him to be calm and forget a bit the social media and focus on what he has to do".

Given that description, it sounds like Wenger is more laissez-faire (he is French after all) and hands off in certain facets of the game, while Emery is more hands-on in specialization, even to the micro level.

The match will be the the first Arsenal game in 22 years to be managed by anyone other than Arsene Wenger, who helmed the club from 1996 until he stepped aside following a frustrating 2017-2018 campaign.

Asked about the goal Bernardo said: "Especially at beginning of second half we knew we had to keep going to try and score the second one to finish the game".

"The team, for 90 minutes, they ran, they tried, they pushed, but we need to improve all collective and individual aspects". Manchester City are working in their third year with Guardiola. The major issue is at left-back, where Sead Kolasinac is definitely out and Nacho Monreal is considered doubtful, which may mean Ainsley Maitland-Niles starting.

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