"I saw things in our performance we can improve and the first match against Man City is good, but it may be more hard than our season will be this year".
Pep Guardiola was delighted that Manchester City came through a hard opening day at Arsenal with a victory after being without so many of his players during the preseason. Whether it's the sort of dawn that brings long, sultry days on a tropical beach or the kind that beckons persistent stair-road degrees of shower is moot, but everything really has changed and today we'll get our first competitive taste of how the Gunners might fare under Arsene Wenger Unai Emery.
The gulf between City and Arsenal was plain to see.
Pep Guardiola has warned his players not to expect another title procession as Manchester City begin their attempt to become the first back-to-back Premier League champions for a decade. Emery clearly told the players to play out from the back but they didn't look comfortable and gave away possession on numerous occasions.
'What we have done last season doesn't mean that now we are going to win this'.
It's an incredibly hard start for Unai Emery as the Gunners new chapter starts against a team tipped for more superiority after their exploits last season.
But on the evidence of this game, City look ready to break that trend.
Silva was nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award, highlighting just how impressive he was throughout the season. This was a sensational victory.
Neither Kolasinac nor Monreal are expected to feature in the Gunners' season opener against defending champions Manchester City on Sunday afternoon.
Walker and Mendy are two of the most attack-minded full-backs in English football, with Walker, in particular, devastating down City's right at the Emirates.
Guardiola, schooled by Johan Cruyff, craves winning in style. But in these two moments in the match, we need to work. They don't know it, one day one of them will be a manager and realise what we feel, ' he said. But the spirit is there and that is the most important thing. His partnership with Lacazette blossomed in the final few games of the last campaign and what was once a rivalry during their time in France now presents the opportunity to fire Arsenal up the league table.
"He made some good moves in the World Cup, the way he created spaces for others".