Welbeck at the back? Emery impressed by Danny's versatility

Petr Cech will captain Arsenal against Manchester City this weekend

Petr Cech is expected to captain Arsenal against Manchester City this weekend Credit GETTY IMAGES

They could have led by three or four in the first half, but only Raheem Sterling found a route past Petr Cech before the break.

Emery was hired to replace Wenger following the Frenchman's exit at the end of a dismal campaign which saw Arsenal labour to a sixth-place finish in the Premier League - 37 points behind City.

Midfielders Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling are back in contention for Manchester City's Premier League opener at Arsenal.

City rarely looked troubled by Arsenal as the champions opened their Premier League title defense with a 2-0 victory on Sunday. They embarrassed us badly a few times last season and they themselves will be feeling very confident as they begin the defence of their title.

"We arrived after a hard season [in 2016, when Guardiola had made a point of contacting Sterling during Euro 2016 to offer his support] and I told him I wanted to help him and would like him to be happy".

Guardiola took time to settle too, but he answered his critics last season and his team's performance in the Community Shield suggested that they are raring to go once more.

Welbeck faces serious competition to get in the side in his usual forward position with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Henrikh Mkhitaryan all first-choice players in attacking positions.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are in a new era following the appointment of Unai Emery as well as several new signings this summer. More goals, more assists. "And today is the first step in that. I think in the second half we played more like we want". For me it's very important he stays with us.

"But he knows and his agent knows we like him and want him a lot".

I will be using half my stake backing Over 3.5 goals before the game starts at around [2.5] and also placing the other half on Over 2.5 goals with a keep bet should it reach [2.0] in running. Mahrez, making his league debut for the Citizens, then curled an effort wide after getting the better of Arsenal substitute and fellow debutant Stephan Lichtsteiner.

Emery now has another week to work with his players before the London derby against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge next weekend.

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