Published: Mon, August 13, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Pep tells Mendy to lay off social media, Mendy replies on Twitter

Pep tells Mendy to lay off social media, Mendy replies on Twitter

What was so remarkable about this performance from Pep Guardiola's side was that it lacked numerous key players that starred as they strolled to the title last campaign.

It was a chastening introduction to the Premier League for new Arsenal manager Unai Emery, who has replaced Arsène Wenger following the Frenchman's 22-year reign.

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

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.

"We are going to do the medical analysis with the doctor", Emery said when asked about Maitland-Niles's condition, with Sead Kolasinac sidelined by a knee problem. I'd still have been able to order a replacement card, so I phoned up the number to cancel it outright, but that went to hold because there's nobody in the office when Arsenal are playing. That was Arsenal: They tried to pass out from the back but consistently conceded possession nervily, they tried to counter-attack but made the wrong decisions, and they tried to press but found themselves bypassed. I have played in finals when we were excellent and you lose, because the others are good teams as well.

Arsenal manager Unai Emery gives instructions to Aaron Ramsey in the first-up loss to Manchester City in the new EPL season.

"Mendy is... Mendy. Sometimes you want to kill him, and sometimes you want to say, 'What a player!'". 19-year-old Metteo Guendouzi was provided his first competitive start following his summer move from Ligue 2 side Lorient and the youngster seemed confident, happy to drop deep and regularly provide a passing option to his defenders. We spoke at half-time about taking more responsibility for the second half, to do a little more.We wanted to build with the ball and break their lines.

But while City made inroads down the right, they scored both their goals from the left, and both were assisted by Mendy - in entirely different ways.

"We arrived after a hard season and I told him I want to help him and want him to stay". He puts pressure on us to improve and he's seen the results.

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