Unai Emery explains Arsenal’s "aggressive" plan to become Premier League champions again

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Guardiola will not let complacency creep into his team and will want to be the first manager to defend the Premier League crown since Sir Alex Ferguson won back to back titles in the 2006-2007, 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 seasons.

They embarrassed us badly a couple of times last season and they themselves will be feeling very confident as they begin the defence of their title.

City have now lost only one away game in the league - at Liverpool - of their last 21, and manager Pep Guardiola felt their performance was close to flawless.

For City, it's a lovely start away from home and it shows that even this early in the season, this team is once again the favorite to win the league. "And also, we need to continue to work tactically with defensive options and to shorten the difference today between Manchester City and us".

Manchester City's goal is simple: win the Premier League and Champions League.

Gifting the ball to Arsenal late in the second half could have allowed the Gunners back into the game.

City also exposed the holes within Arsenal's central midfield, which led to countless attacks and caused Petr Cech to be called into action on several occasions. He looked uncomfortable with the ball at his feet and seemed to suffer from a lack of confidence after conceding the opener.

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"He has this experience for defending our goal".

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.

This was Pep Guardiola's 11th meeting with Emery and he remains unbeaten against his fellow Spaniard as Raheem Sterling's 50th Premier League goal got the ball rolling before Bernardo Silva struck in the second half.

FW Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 6 - In Aubameyang, Arsenal have the kind of striker who can be a peripheral figure without service.

"We spoke at half time about taking more responsibility for the second half, to do a little more". It was always going to be a tough match. Inevitably, you can make a few mistakes. Perhaps we'll see more from him when Lucas Torreira is installed as his regular partner.

Both managers approach on Sunday will be crucial in the outcome of this match.

But Guardiola says that none of that matters now, according to what he told Sky Sports.

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