DF Sokratis Papastathopoulos, 6 - A taxing if not eye-catching debut for the Greek worldwide, who was booked for a cynical foul that suggested he might yet prove to be the kind of no-nonsense centre-half Arsenal need. Manchester City are working in their third year with Guardiola. But Emery insisted Welbeck won't be one of those leaving the club as the rest of the continental transfer season plays out, while saying David Ospina, Carl Jenkinson and Joel Campbell would be allowed to leave if they wanted. We made a good performance in general and day by day we will get better and better. "And also, we need to continue to work tactically with defensive options and to shorten the difference today between Manchester City and us".
Guardiola's side featured a host of players who told the City boss they were ready to play at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday despite their draining World Cup duty in Russian Federation.
Manchester City's Bernardo Silva celebrates with teammate Raheem Sterling, right, after scoring his side's second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Manchester City at the Emirates stadium in London, England, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018.
There were a number of concerning moments with the ball at his feet.
"I've overrun the ball a little bit".
Arsenal still looked anxious and Cech nearly scored a weird own goal when his miscued pass across the penalty area crept wide of his unguarded net.
Raheem Sterling scored the opening goal in the first half after easily going past Hector Bellerin and the debuting Matteo Guendouzi before curling a shot past Petr Cech, and Bernardo Silva doubled the lead after the break.
Whereas other sides are struggling to find 11 fit players because of injuries and World Cup hangovers, Arsenal seem in decent shape for the new campaign.
"We are delighted with him and would like Raheem to stay", Guardiola told reporters after the Arsenal game. Also missed a golden opportunity in the second half where he should have squared the ball off to Kevin de Bruyne instead of shooting. Unfortunately, we lacked invention to find the killer pass.
The City boss said: "If you judge the players in the World Cup if they score a goal or not..."