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Guardiola keen to keep Sterling after he helps City outclass Arsenal

Aaron Ramsey Aaron Ramsey's long-term future remains up in the air
Cassandra Gardner | 12 August, 2018, 23:38

Sterling's representatives had opened talks on a new deal before the World Cup finals this summer, the player having enjoyed an eye-catching season in scoring 18 league goals to help City secure the title, only to postpone those discussions before the tournament.

Bernardo Silva struck in the second half as City exposed the size of the task facing new Arsenal manager Unai Emery.

Several, including England stars Raheem Sterling, Kyle Walker and John Stones, cut short their holidays to get back into training with City.

Guendouzi, a £8million signing from French side Lorient, was handed a surprise Premier League debut against the reigning champions City.

But on the evidence of this composed display, City have every chance of emulating their rivals' achievement.

Arsenal's Sokratis Papastathopoulos falls down in front of Manchester City's Raheem Sterling during the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Manchester City at the Emirates stadium in London, England, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018. Arsenal are likely to welcome another debutant, the feisty but creative Lucas Torreira, in their deepest role.

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The biggest concern for the Arsenal boss was Aaron Ramsey's involvement in the game, owing to the Welshman's recent absence due to a calf injury. But.

As for Arsenal, it is a fresh start for a squad that finished in sixth last season, its worst finish since the 1994-95 season, two years before Arsene Wenger took over as manager. He laid the ball back to Cech as Arsenal began another slow move forward, but the former Chelsea man's intended pass to Hector Bellerin was miscued and the ball trickled just wide of his own post and out for a corner.

Making amends for that blunder, Cech kept out a Mahrez free-kick before alertly recovering to block Aymeric Laporte's effort from the rebound.

It was never going to be easy for Arsenal.

However, Aubameyang will need better service than he received against City to achieve that target.

FW Alexandre Lacazette, 6 - Came on for Ramsey and provided a much-needed focal point. Fernandinho, Kevin De Bruyne and a Silva - either David or Bernardo - is a familiar trio for the away side.

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