Aubayemeng will be Arsenal’s biggest threat against City

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Arsenal transfer news Paul Merson is worried Unai Emery's side could lose their opening two games

Jamie Carragher also offers a tactical analysis of Arsenal's performance, as well as taking a look at his former side, Liverpool.

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 unsafe areas, a lazy booking and needlessly embellished sideways passes - offered only a flimsy screen.

"The desire to run and run, it was the same as the last season, " Guardiola said.

England forward Raheem Sterling only came back on Monday but opened the scoring with a 14th-minute goal at the Emirates Stadium before Bernardo Silva wrapped up a 2-0 win with a second-half strike.

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. I can say to the players 'are you hungry?' and they say yes boss but I don't know. "They will show me if they are hungry here - on the green colour". He'd liked to have scored a goal and he tried to, but I'm sure in the European qualifiers he will score goals for his country. We have a lot of players with a lack of condition but we are more than two seasons together and know what to do.

It was always going to be a work in progress for Unai Emery and Arsenal as the Gunners prepared for their first match in charge.

Welbeck has struggled for regular football since joining from Manchester United in 2015, making only 12 starts in the top flight last season. And we do count on him. Sunday was the first real chance to see how Emery's Arsenal would play and for the most part, Gunners fans should be optimistic.

"We arrived after a hard season and I told him I want to help him and would like him to be happy".

"We wanted to start here with our supporters", he said. "I didn't intentionally go in to make a bad challenge", he added. The other players are OK, and we are working on the possibility to work with Ainsley, who has experience in this [left-back] position.

The Spaniard will need time to reshape the team and, given the warm applause from numerous home fans still in Emirates Stadium by the final whistle, the majority of supporters are encouraged enough to afford it.

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