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Manchester City vs Arsenal Brief Highlights

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Manchester City got off to a flying start to the new season with a 2-0 win away at Arsenal.

Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva scored the goals that sealed three points and capped a dominant performance.

Afterwards, Pep Guardiola said: “We have to improve some movements but in general, in the moment we are, the desire to run, away at Arsenal – nobody can deny it’s complicated,” Pep explained in his post-match press conference.”

No side has retained the Premier League title since Manchester United won their third in a row back in 2009.

Indeed, the reigning champions have ended the following season outside the top four in each of the last three years.

But on the evidence of this game, Manchester City look ready to break that trend. Far from showing the kind of complacency that has affected recent title defences, City look more focused and sharper than before.

Portuguese midfielder talks to CityTV after his man-of-the-match performance against Arsenal…

Bernardo almost broke the net with a rocket of a left-foot shot early in the second half to put City in control of the match after Raheem Sterling’s earlier strike.

He said: “It was a good goal, and a good assist from Mendy, a good play from the team and I’m very happy to help the team score. I hope I can keep going this way.

Pep Guardiola believes that Benjamin Mendy’s return to the squad will have a huge impact on Manchester City’s season.

The Blues secured a 2-0 win over Unai Emery’s Arsenal in our Premier League opener, which saw Mendy make his first start in the competition since sustaining a serious knee injury last year.

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And the boss believes the charismatic French World Cup winner – who provided assists for both goals – can have a key effect for the Blues this season.

“I said many times, Manchester City average level is high, you cannot deny that. I have a feeling we can improve. Like inserting Mendy into the group,” Guardiola reflected after the match.

“Today our pressing was different than Chelsea. To understand that needs time. But in general, I am more than satisfied what I saw against Chelsea and Arsenal. [Manchester City]

“Mendy is Mendy. Sometimes we want to kill him and sometimes you think wow what a player we have.

“He gives us energy.

Man of the Match: Bernardo Silva – Manchester City

In truth, there were several candidates – but Bernardo once again produced a high-octane performance that dazzled.

His goal was topped off a superb performance.

Manchester City ready to buck the trend?

No side has retained the Premier League title since Manchester United won their third in a row back in 2009.

Indeed, the reigning champions have ended the following season outside the top four in each of the last three years.

But on the evidence of this game, City look ready to break that trend. Far from showing the kind of complacency that has affected recent title defences, City look more focused and sharper than before.

Last weekend’s win at Wembley saw us produce some wonderful football, and the performance here at the Emirates was no different. City were superior to Arsenal in every department.

The hosts will improve as Unai Emery gradually imprints his style but take nothing away from City. This was a sensational victory.

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Manchester City’s defense says it all

City’s desire to play open, attractive football could hardly be better exemplified than by our back four and goalkeeper in this game.

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.

Stones and Laporte are two centre-halves committed to bringing the ball out of defence and looking to play passes between the lines, and behind them they have a goalkeeper who could easily play outfield if necessary.

Guardiola, schooled by Johan Cruyff, craves winning in style. His back four and goalkeeper tell you everything you need to know about his philosophy.

Reaction: Pep Guardiola

On the performance

“We have to improve some movements but in general, in the moment we are, the desire to run, away at Arsenal – nobody can deny it’s complicated,” Pep explained in his post-match press conference.

On Sterling

“We saw him do well in the training session. He did it well, except the last 20 minutes when he was really tired. We trained one or two weeks, a short time. But the spirit is there and that is the most important thing.

“He made some good moves in the World Cup, the way he created spaces for others.”

Next up

City host Huddersfield next Sunday in this season’s first game at the Etihad, with kick-off at 1.30pm.

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