The new Arsenal pressed on the debut of Unai Emery but was still outdone

<pre><pre>The new Arsenal pressed on the debut of Unai Emery but was still outdone

A huge silhouette of Arsene Wenger dominates the shop of the remodeled Arsenal club, although there is no material evidence that a new manager has arrived to take things.

Not a single image of Unai Emery adorns the place and even his inside the stadium, along with a legend that says: "For the next chapter", take some discovery. A reluctant welcome to the future, you have to say.

When the man in question materialized, he seemed a little unsure of what to do with himself, clumsily showing a raised thumb to the television camera that focused on him before kicking off.

Arsenal coach Uani Emery was very encouraged during his first Premier League match

Emery was often seen gesturing to his players to convey tactical instructions on the pitch

Emery was often seen gesturing to his players to convey tactical instructions on the pitch

Emery was often seen gesturing to his players to convey tactical instructions on the pitch

Arsenal assistant coach Juan Carlos Carcedo was frequently in dialogue with manager Emery

Arsenal assistant coach Juan Carlos Carcedo was frequently in dialogue with manager Emery

Arsenal assistant coach Juan Carlos Carcedo was frequently in dialogue with manager Emery

It was light years away from the enthusiastic reception that Wenger received when he walked into the excavation on a day in October 1996 before his first home game against Coventry, with a patterned red tie and large, round glasses that made him look considerably less like the part that his elegant successor

It did not take long to remember why no one is waiting for the land to move under Emery's administration in the short term. He had spoken impressively before the first bout, declaring that "the past is good but it's over" and managing to say, without disrespect to Wenger, why the capitulation to Manchester City that made Gary Neville thunder in the chilling cold of the past March would not happen under his supervision.

But the best rhetoric tends to disappear in front of an abyss in class. Emery had barely sat down before Raheem Sterling strutted around the Arsenal goal with a facility that shouted superiority, making Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis look very ordinary.

Riyad Mahrez revealed why City paid him 60 million pounds for him as he moved past Ainsley Maitland-Niles, with the airplane heels on. Petr Cech was by no means an immovable object, stationary while Sterling put City in his lead before launching a free kick to Aymeric Laporte and only recovered to suspend.

The game organizer Mesut Ozil was called to the sideline to receive some individual instructions

The game organizer Mesut Ozil was called to the sideline to receive some individual instructions

The game organizer Mesut Ozil was called to the sideline to receive some individual instructions

Gunners midfielder Aaron Ramsey also had an individual talk with his new manager

Gunners midfielder Aaron Ramsey also had an individual talk with his new manager

Gunners midfielder Aaron Ramsey also had an individual talk with his new manager

Emery grimaced, frowned, bit his teeth, bit his nails, though even as City delivered a serious football lesson, there was something unmistakably different about Arsenal. They chased, pressed, handed possession in a way that had become alien to the Emirates when those two strong 3-0 losses to City last season sounded the death sentence for Wenger.

Aaron Ramsey converted Laporte and accelerated past Benjamin Mendy. Henrikh Mkhitaryan stole Mendy (the defender was heavy and vulnerable at times) before changing possession twice and forcing a rescue. Ramsey smiled in the middle of everything, appreciating perhaps as much as anyone the difference between this and everything that had happened before. Even in the end, there was intention of the Arsenal.

Some of the old habits were harder to break. Initially, Mesut Ozil fell deeper and worked harder, although it was a waste and disappeared in the periphery. It was a disconnected beginning of the new era for him.

The bad elementary judgment of a ball bounced by Matteo Guendouzi in the second half, which sent Sergio Ag├╝ero at full speed, was the type of car accident that summed up the work that Emery has to do to make sections of this team just right for the purpose .

Emery looked dejected after seeing his team score two goals against Manchester City

Emery looked dejected after seeing his team score two goals against Manchester City

Emery looked dejected after seeing his team score two goals against Manchester City

Raheem Sterling (right) and Bernardo Silva scored City's goals, which were worthy winners

Raheem Sterling (right) and Bernardo Silva scored City's goals, which were worthy winners

Raheem Sterling (right) and Bernardo Silva scored City's goals, which were worthy winners

Some of the manager's decisions were curious. It took 55 minutes to present Alexandre Lacazette, instead of Ramsey, who had been hired in a strange and ill-suited frontman role. Lacazette approached immediately. Ramsey did not seem happy to leave so soon.

He injured the fighter Maitland-Niles to take Stephan Lichtsteiner to the field, where he looked like a player that Arsenal needs to use. An hour passed before the muscles of midfielder Lucas Terriera showed up.

It is an Arsenal team that probably will not be rebuilt in three seasons, much less one, which perhaps explains in some way the lack of euphoria in the place.

The name of Emery was not shouted once, although it was when the cheerful contingent of the city invoked the memory of Wenger to remind Arsenal fans of the deficiencies of his team and that erupted in life.

"He won more than you," they sang. Wenger also lost his first game at home, and the banner hanging here quotes his words: "For the brave, nothing is too difficult." Courage will only be the beginning of the Arsenal requirements.

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