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Unai Emery reveals what he said during team talk vs Man City

13 August 2018, 08:26 | Henrietta Morgan



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.

With former Leicester City defender Matt Elliot labelling Arsenal "Lightweight & Flimsy".

And City, in their usual ruthless, unforgiving nature, would eventually punish the plethora of sloppy Arsenal play in the final third.

While others bemoaned their lack of signings and questioned their club hierarchy's pre-season preparations, most notably Guardiola's nemesis in the red half of Manchester Jose Mourinho, the Catalan had nothing but praise for his squad and his employers, saying: "I can not complain for one minute".

"Many players did a sacrifice, Stones, Walker, we trained for only one week but the spirit is there".

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Emery ended by confirming that he will make a late decision on Sunday on who he might start.

It was the first time since 1996 that Arsenal has opened a season without Arsene Wenger in charge, with the "Merci Arsene" banner the only indication of times past at the ground after Wenger resigned at the end of the last season.

Mahrez bent an effort just wide of the post as he looked to mark his Premier League debut for the champions with a goal with City taking nearly complete control of proceedings leading up to the interval.

No side has retained the Premier League title since Manchester United won their third in a row back in 2009. "I'm a trainer", Guardiola said. Who knows, they could be City's greatest challenge if they come through the first two fixtures unscathed. We try to do our best always. Of course our average level is high, but I have a feeling still we can improve. The best way to defend it is to be calm. "In the second half, we forced them to make mistakes and we had some opportunities. We are a strong team, after that we will see".

Pep Guardiola has joked that he wants to kill Benjamin Mendy on occasions as he described how the left back is as frustrating as he is talented.

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The France worldwide missed most of last season with an injury and Guardiola admitted his return is still a work in progress.

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

Emery's side continued with their pressing approach and nearly forced an equaliser as Hector Bellerin cut inside and tested Ederson with a drilled effort.

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"Today is the first step". The other players are OK, and we are working on the possibility to work with Ainsley, who has experience in this [left-back] position.

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