Arsenal's Danny Welbeck training at left-back amid injury crisis

Unai Emery

Raheem Sterling (Manchester City): Started six of England's seven matches in the World Cup without getting on the score-sheet, but within 14 minutes of the new Premier League season he had already registered for his club to underline just how Pep Guardiola gets the best out of him.

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. Riyad Mahrez took the resulting free-kick and forced a save from Cech low down to his right, before the Arsenal stopper reacted quickly to deny Aymeric Laporte's close-range follow up with an instinctive stop. To understand that needs time.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles came on for Kolasinac after he was hurt in Arsenal's 1-1 draw with Chelsea on August 1 and Emery said following the match he would not rule out using the 20-year-old against City.

After all the pre-match hype, Danny Welbeck is not even in the Arsenal squad, let alone at left-back.

"We wanted to be professional, we wanted to make it serious like last season".

Emery added that he wants each of his players, regardless of their positions on the pitch to adopt a holistic approach to the games they play.

There were a number of concerning moments with the ball at his feet. He had two options, square it to a surging De Bruyne or have a shot on target. Not every game will be against a team as good, as well coached, as cold-blooded as Man City. "I think in the second half we played more like we want".

DF Ainsley Maitland-Niles, 6 - With Kolasinac injures and Nacho Monreal not yet ready, the Englishman was called upon to play at full-back. And we count on him.

Arsenal rarely threatened as an attacking force until the introduction of Alexandre Lacazette for the willing but unrewarded Aaron Ramsey early in the second half. While his work rate was excellent as ever, he never really got into the game from an attacking point of view.

"He made some good moves in the World Cup, the way he created spaces for others".

Another problem area is the left-back slot.

FW Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 6 - In Aubameyang, Arsenal have the kind of striker who can be a peripheral figure without service. "It's just one of those things I get judged on".

It was a baptism of fire for new Arsenal manager Unai Emery, who was left in no uncertain terms about the gulf in quality between his resources and those Guardiola at Guardiola's disposal. But such is the fixation with managers, we obsessed over Emery taking over as if it were mainly a change of personalities, of leaders.

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