Arsenal were comprehensively beaten by Guardiola’s seemingly unstoppable Manchester City on Sunday.
It was a brutal introduction for new Spanish manager Unai Emery on Sunday. An opening fixture as tough as they come against the imperious Manchester City, fresh off a win in the Community Shield final.
It was not a total surrender to the talents of the Sky Blues, as it was last season when Arsenal went down 0-3 at the hands of City at the Emirates. Wenger’s Arsenal conceded three goals in the first half in a game which looked like it was men against boys.
However, Arsenal did struggle to create, mainly profiting off of mistakes from Manchester City’s ball-playing stopper Ederson. A goal in each half was enough for City to see-off the North London outfit.
There was certainly a move to more pressing under Emery, and Manchester City were never allowed to be too comfortable in possession. However, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang cut a frustrated figure for much of the game, as Arsenal were simply unable to get the ball to his feet.
His performance on Sunday did little to inspire. The young Matteo Guendouzi looks like he needs better protection, as the young midfielder is prone to a mistake.
Guendouzi would look more comfortable alongside the tenacious Lucas Torreira. The Uruguayan international has the legs to cover for Guendouzi, as a mistake the young 19-year-old made nearly lead to a Manchester City goal on Sunday.
Granit Xhaka is a frustrating an inconsistent presence in the middle of the park for the Gunners, trialling a system in which he was dropped for Torreira could be profitable for Arsenal.
The 36-year-old stopper is being asked to do a job by Emery which is totally unfamiliar to him.
The veteran Czech is a world-class shot stopper, but he is not a modern-day stopper in which distribution is everything. He had a couple of shaky moments against Guardiola’s City.
Considering Emery has signed former Beyer Leverkusen stopper Bernd Leno, who is much more familiar with this style of play, surely Cech should be dropped in favour of Bernd Leno.