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News from Arsenal: Unai Emery explains why she chose Petr Cech on Bernd Leno for the loss of Manchester City

News from Arsenal: Unai Emery explains why she chose Petr Cech on Bernd Leno for the loss of Manchester City

New coach Arsenal Unai Emery has admitted not to be closer to a new number one goalkeeper, after choosing Petr Cech rather than the summer with the purchase of Bernd Leno to start the inaugural match of the season, a 2-0 home defeat against Manchester City.

Leno was widely expected to become the club's first-choice goalkeeper when he completed his £ 22.5 million move from Bayer Leverkusen, yet Emery left him on the sidelines in favor of Cech for his first ever game.

Cech, who also wore the captain's armband, was not able to reward his manager's loyalty with reliable performance. He could have done better with the initial goal of Raheem Sterling, while he seemed unusually in possession of the ball, almost passing the ball directly into his own net in one phase.

But Emery said he was satisfied with Cech's performance and suggested he would regularly shoot his goalkeepers in the weeks and months ahead.

Arsenal vs Manchester City

1/22 Petr Cech – 7 out of 10

He made an incredible double shot in the first half to keep Arsenal in play, one of the many he was forced to do.

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2/22 Hector Bellerin – 6

He had a clear chance in the first half to bring the level of Arsenal but he punched him directly to Ederson when other options, if available.

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3/22 Shkodran Mustafi – 6

He had a second half stronger than the first, he managed to challenge Aguero on several occasions.

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4/22 Sokratis Papastathopoulos – 5

Gave off a tactical free kick at the edge of his area resulting in a yellow card, but he was lucky that City did not capitalize on it.

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5/22 Ainsley Maitland-Niles – 4

Fighted out of position at the left-back, often out of rhythm and overwhelmed by Kyle Walker and subcontracted before the interval.

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6/22 Matteo Guendouzi – 6

By placing a turn in the midfield going forward and tracing, he made a couple of minor mistakes but compensated with his pace of work.

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7/22 Granit Xhaka – 5

I was booked in the second half with a sloppy challenge, which concerned the extent of its impact.

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8/22 Mesut Ozil – 6

He worked hard but lacked precision with his balls in the box
Aubameyang, 6 out of 10 – He made an attempt on goal from 25 yards that could have been better for the lack of attempts by Arsenal.

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9/22 Aaron Ramsey – 6

Create Arsenal's best chances by making room at midfield and continuing to race against defenders at the counterattack.

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10/22 Henrikh Mkhitaryan – 5

He found himself in the area a couple of times but could not risk it.

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22/11 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 6

He made an attempt on goal from 25 yards that could have been better due to the lack of attempts by Arsenal.

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12/22 Ederson – 6

He made some relatively direct savings, but he did it with confidence.

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13/22 Kyle Walker – 6

Bombarded forward to the right with pitch and power, making it look like a silly Maitland-Niles in the first 20 minutes leading up to the race.

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14/22 John Stones – 6

Solid in defense, he acted well when Arsenal tried to come forward and was confident about the ball.

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15/22 America Laporte – 5

He made a couple of mistakes on the back in the first half but he regained his calm and defended well.

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16/22 Benjamin Mendy – 6

He was sloppy during the defense, but added to City's feat of attack when he went on to the second goal.

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17/22 Ilkay Gundogan – 6

He went ahead more after the second goal came in and he had a powerful shot blocked by Aguero

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18/22 Fernandinho – 7

Do what he does in midfield, control the game of the ball when City comes forward and spreads it wide easily.

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19/22 Riyad Mahrez – 7

He had a decent debut for City, was not afraid to get stuck and get the ball in the area.

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20/22 Bernardo Silva – 7

He had a good first half, but he intensified in the second and smoked a great shot to double the advantage of the City.

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21/22 Raheem Sterling – 8

He caused a lot of problems in the first 20 minutes, Arsenal seemed reluctant to close it and they paid the price while he scored the opening with a header.

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22/22 Sergio Aguero – 6

He held the ball strong but could not find a way to overcome the central defenders for a precise shot on goal.

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1/22 Petr Cech – 7 out of 10

He made an incredible double shot in the first half to keep Arsenal in play, one of the many he was forced to do.

Action images via Reuters

2/22 Hector Bellerin – 6

He had a clear chance in the first half to bring the level of Arsenal but he punched him directly to Ederson when other options, if available.

Getty Images

3/22 Shkodran Mustafi – 6

He had a second half stronger than the first, he managed to challenge Aguero on several occasions.

Action images via Reuters

4/22 Sokratis Papastathopoulos – 5

Gave off a tactical free kick at the edge of his area resulting in a yellow card, but he was lucky that City did not capitalize on it.

AFP / Getty Images

5/22 Ainsley Maitland-Niles – 4

Fighted out of position at the left-back, often out of rhythm and overwhelmed by Kyle Walker and subcontracted before the interval.

Getty Images

6/22 Matteo Guendouzi – 6

By placing a turn in the midfield going forward and tracing, he made a couple of minor mistakes but compensated with his pace of work.

Getty Images

7/22 Granit Xhaka – 5

I was booked in the second half with a sloppy challenge, which concerned the extent of its impact.

Getty Images

8/22 Mesut Ozil – 6

He worked hard but lacked precision with his balls in the box
Aubameyang, 6 out of 10 – He made an attempt on goal from 25 yards that could have been better for the lack of attempts by Arsenal.

Action images via Reuters

9/22 Aaron Ramsey – 6

Create Arsenal's best chances by making room at midfield and continuing to race against defenders at the counterattack.

Getty Images

10/22 Henrikh Mkhitaryan – 5

He found himself in the area a couple of times but could not risk it.

AP

22/11 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 6

He made an attempt on goal from 25 yards that could have been better due to the lack of attempts by Arsenal.

REUTERS

12/22 Ederson – 6

He made some relatively direct savings, but he did it with confidence.

POPE

13/22 Kyle Walker – 6

Bombarded forward to the right with pitch and power, making it look like a silly Maitland-Niles in the first 20 minutes leading up to the race.

REUTERS

14/22 John Stones – 6

Solid in defense, he acted well when Arsenal tried to come forward and was confident about the ball.

Getty Images

15/22 America Laporte – 5

He made a couple of mistakes on the back in the first half but he regained his calm and defended well.

EPA

16/22 Benjamin Mendy – 6

He was sloppy during the defense, but added to City's feat of attack when he went on to the second goal.

POPE

17/22 Ilkay Gundogan – 6

He went ahead more after the second goal came in and he had a powerful shot blocked by Aguero

Action images via Reuters

18/22 Fernandinho – 7

Do what he does in midfield, control the game of the ball when City comes forward and spreads it wide easily.

Getty Images

19/22 Riyad Mahrez – 7

He had a decent debut for City, was not afraid to get stuck and get the ball in the area.

Getty Images

20/22 Bernardo Silva – 7

He had a good first half, but he intensified in the second and smoked a great shot to double the advantage of the City.

Getty Images

21/22 Raheem Sterling – 8

He caused a lot of problems in the first 20 minutes, Arsenal seemed reluctant to close it and they paid the price while he scored the opening with a header.

REUTERS

22/22 Sergio Aguero – 6

He held the ball strong but could not find a way to overcome the central defenders for a precise shot on goal.

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"We want expertise with the goalkeepers and all the players on the team," said Emery. "The position is the same as the others and there are the same possibilities for all goalkeepers.

"Today, Cech has played well and he has this experience in defending our goal.Leno starts with us, he is working very well, he has played well in pre-season, but he can wait to get to his time."

Emery also insisted on being happy with the performance of his team despite the defeat of the opening day.

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The city took the lead at the start of the game with Sterling, before Bernardo Silva doubled the lead with a superb second half. Meanwhile Arsenal rarely threatened, managing only three shots on goal.

"It's very difficult," added Emery. "Today, Manchester City has demanded our best performance, we have seen and seen today that we have to keep working, but I'm happy with the players, they ran and fought, and we have to keep working in a tactical and defensive way, and also doing more short [the gap] between Manchester City and Arsenal. "

Things will not be much easier for Emery next week, while his team will travel to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea, which Saturday won an extraordinary success at Huddersfield.

But in positive news they may be able to welcome first-choice left-back Nacho Monreal, who lost the loss to City while continuing his recovery from a minor knee problem. Ainsley Maitland-Niles started in his absence, only for him to collect an injury.

Maitland-Niles was forced to leave the wounded (Getty)
"I do not know now with this injury," Emery replied when asked to provide a 20-year fitness update. "We will wait to do medical analysis with the doctor.

"But Nacho is starting out with the group, working, yesterday, maybe he can get there for the next game."

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