‘Let’s keep it up’ - Mahrez charges Manchester City after winning start

Ainsley Maitland Niles is likely to start at left-back against Manchester City

Ainsley Maitland Niles is likely to start at left-back against Manchester City

Granit Xhaka of Arsenal and Mesut Ozil of Arsenal look dejected after conceding a second goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Manchester City at Emirates Stadium on August 12, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

Kevin De Bruyne is fit enough only for a place on City's bench having returned to training after the World Cup this week, while Sergio Aguero is preferred to Gabriel Jesus after the Brazilian failed to score at Russian Federation 2018.

Not only are Manchester City the title-holders, but they are still unquestionably the team to beat this season.

If City do win the title yet again, they will be the first English side to defend the league title since 2009, when their cross-city rivals won the title back-to-back under Sir Alex Ferguson. Meanwhile, a new-look defence was left exposed all match and their ineffective attempts to play out from the back were met with cheers when they reverted to long goal kicks.

"In general to be at this moment of the season, with the desire to run and run, it was the same last season".

"It's our first game together like that with the new manager, a new way of playing and I think it's going to help us to grow".

Manchester City's goal is simple: win the Premier League and Champions League. Kyle Walker will play at right-back while Benjamin Mendy could return after missing last season with a knee injury at left-back. Despite not having David Silva available and having Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus start on the bench, Pep Guardiola's team had little issues with the Gunners, securing a a 2-0 victory on Matchday 1, and spoiling the official debut of Arsenal coach Unai Emery.

"We are delighted with him and would like Raheem to stay". His clinical nayure and proper positioning will make him a threat for City, and he indeed is the one player to watch out for when the two sides meet. "We are a strong team, after that we will see".

"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".

"It was a shame we couldn't finish off our counter attacks and overall we're disappointed with the defeat".

Look at what Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech did in the first half, almost kicking the ball into his own net. This process is normal.

Pep Guardiola does not have too much of a worry with many players participating in the World Cup.

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