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Arsenal vs Manchester City: Predicted Lineups, Premier League 2018/19

13 August 2018

Watch a preview of the Arsenal vs. Manchester City English Premier League opening weekend featured match in the video below, courtesy of NBC Sports. Within 60 seconds Lacazette had City goalkeeper Ederson anxiously watching the ball drift past him from the Frenchman's shot with the outside of his right foot.

WORST PLAYER - There weren't many poor performers for Manchester City, but goalkeeper Ederson almost cost his side dearly with his distribution out from the back.

John Stones (8.5/10): A commendable performance from Stones, who marshalled his side's back-four quite well with some excellent tackles and interceptions.

Aymeric Laporte (9/10): After being given an unexpected start by Pep Guardiola, Laporte made full use of his opportunity by putting in an excellent display.

STAR MAN - The face of much scrutiny off the pitch this summer, Raheem Sterling silenced all of his critics with an accomplished display to solidify his place in the starting eleven.

Sterling cupped his ears to the Arsenal fans in celebration of his goal but said it was a response to all those critics who suggested the 23-year-old had failed to live up to his Manchester City form while on global duty in Russian Federation this summer. More goals, more assists. He's working very well.

Fernandinho (7.5/10): Didn't make as many defensive contributions as you would normally expect from the Brazilian global.

That would make Sterling one of the highest paid players in the Premier League, but Guardiola insists his player is highly valued at City regardless of the contract impasse. Almost scored from a freekick.

Arsenal vs Manchester City
Thus, he is definitely a huge threat for the Manchester City defence, likely to be led by English worldwide John Stones. It's about the mix, when you have a defensive or attacking moment, and I want every player to improve in this way.

Looking completely lost in midfield and falling to track the run of Bernardo Silva for the second goal, the Swiss global continues to look like a player with little direction. While he may not possess the same playmaking quality of David Silva, the Portuguese definitely looked menacing whenever he was on the ball.

Anyway, without further ramblings, how did the players do in this match?

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a goal ruled out for offside and blazed over at close quarters as late lethargy brought errors into City's game - something that will not have escaped their perfectionist manager.

"I thought we didn't really get the intensity I'd asked for at the beginning of the game".

The players just looked lethargic.

Just moments later the points were secured as Benjamin Mendy's cut-back was turned home brilliantly by Bernardo, with substitute Kevin De Bruyne's last-gasp strike tipped over the crossbar. The only disappointing aspect of City's performance was that they lacked the clinical edge that saw them waltz past teams last season.

Gabriel Jesus (NA): Replaced the tiring Aguero in the 79th minute but he could only muster 11 touches.

DF Hector Bellerin, 6 - Pleased though he will have been to have escaped a 90-minute examination by Leroy Sane, Bellerin was still given a hard afternoon by the risky Sterling.

Arsenal vs Manchester City: Predicted Lineups, Premier League 2018/19