ARSENAL manager Unai Emery admitted that his team did not perform the way they wanted to in the 2-0 defeat to Manchester City.
An early Raheem Sterling goal and a second-half strike from Bernardo Silva proved to be enough on a comfortable afternoon for the champions.
The contest was the Gunners’ first Premier League game without Arsene Wenger for 22 seasons and Emery’s first competitive one since taking over.
While fans may have been hoping for an easier start to the campaign, some had said it may be the best time to play Pep Guardiola’s men.
Many of his team had only just started to train after being handed a prolonged holiday due to the World Cup.
“The first half we didn’t play like we wanted”
But in the end it was not to be and Emery was honest in his analysis of the game.
”The result was 2-0 but I think on the pitch over the 90 minutes we were getting better,” said the Spaniard afterwards.
“The first half we didn’t play like we wanted. We spoke at half-time about taking more responsibility for the second half, to do a little more.
“We wanted to build with the ball and break their lines. I think in the second half we played more like we want.”
Emery handed debuts to two new signings, including 19-year-old Matteo Guendouzi, a surprise £7m signing from Lorient in the summer.
And it was Guendouzi who received the blame from his Arsenal teammates after Sterling bagged the first goal.
On the teenager, Emery added: “It’s his first match here in the Premier League.
“He has personality and quality and if he is on the pitch he is improving very quickly.”
Emery now has another week to work with his players before the London derby against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge next weekend.
While the new boss could not send home the Arsenal supporters with a victory, he was full of admiration for their support.
“We wanted to start here with our supporters,” he said.
“We wanted to show our performance but it is clear against Manchester City we could not give them this win. But I think here we are going to feel very well.”