Ozil must be pulled from isolation and 4 more talking points after City loss
We have collected main talking points as Mirror's Jake Polden and Danny Wittenberg, Standard's James Olley and Bleacher's Gianni Verschueren deliver you their conclusions after a 0-2 Arsenal's loss to City at Emirates.
1. Emery's style is modern, rigid, but exciting
"Sunday was the first chance for us to take a good look at the way Emery intends his Gunners team to play this season. And for the most part, Arsenal supporters have a lot to be excited about. Manchester City started brightly, as you'd expect from reining champions, and took the game to the Gunners. But Emery's men stood up to the onslaught, and you could see two visible lines of Arsenal defenders taking City on, head-on too. The Arsenal team weren't exclusively rigid either; they attempted to play it out from the back, admittedly with mixed results to begin with.
"Petr Cech looked shaky playing with the ball at his feet, but then he's not likely to be Arsenal's number one for the foreseeable future. Despite the odd mistake, Emery's influence is already visible, and you feel that once Arsenal are truly in tune with their new boss than magic will happen. As for being exciting, the Gunners sprung into life in the second half and went for City at times. In some ways it's unfortunate they did have to face the champions on the first day of the season, you feel they could have thumped another team today."
2. This isn't Lichsteiner's first rodeo
"Stephan Lichsteiner came to Arsenal's rescue for the final hour as he made his debut from the bench. The Swiss defender subbed in for Ainsley Maitland-Niles after a humbling 35 minutes for the England under-21 full-back ended in more embarrassment, injuring himself after losing out to Kyle Walker in a footrace. The 20-year-old showed his age and couldn't cope with the pace of the City midfield on the counter. There was no such trouble for Lichsteiner, however, who marked Riyad Mahrez out of the match."
3. Lacazette has to start for Arsenal
"Emery opted to name Lacazette on the bench for Arsenal's opening fixture. It's an understandable decision, given the fact he wanted to focus on getting his defence right before piling attackers into the starting XI. But when he did eventually bring Lacazette on in the second half, the Frenchman was a breath of fresh air for the Gunners. Last season under Wenger the striker lost all his confidence due to being constantly subbed off late into matches."
4. Cech endures a mixed bag
"Cech did make a fine double save from Riyad Mahrez and Aymeric Laporte but his individual display will be remembered for the moment he almost scored the most ludicrous of own goals, collecting Matteo Guendouzi’s back-pass by one post only to turn the ball alarmingly close to the other for an unnecessary corner. Cech is the man in possession – a point reinforced by a fine second half save as Sergio Aguero raced clear - but Arsenal surely didn’t spend £19.2million on a goalkeeper to sit on the bench."
5. Ozil Must Be Pulled from Isolation in Arsenal Setup
"Arsenal put up a reasonable fight in the first half, putting their foot next to City's in midfield, but they were unable to create much in the attacking third, and that allowed the Sky Blues to take more risks. The Gunners' creative struggles were at least partly down to Mesut Ozil's role as a pure wide man. He was forced to track back and try to keep up with Benjamin Mendy―who kept moving inside when in possession―and that task kept him from getting the ball at his feet in dangerous positions.
"For Ozil to have success, he needs to get the ball early and away from the full-backs cutting inside to defend him. That means pushing Aaron Ramsey and Bellerin into higher positions up the pitch to keep defenders occupied and create pockets of space—something neither did against City. Instead, Ozil was isolated, with disastrous results. He doesn't have the legs to compensate with so little space, and getting him out of that isolation will be key."