EPL: Manchester City and Liverpool off to cracking starts

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City have now lost only one away game in the league - at Liverpool - of their last 21 and extended their run of winning every Premier League opener since 2008. "What we have done last season, now [people say] we are going to win [again] - nobody can assure me of that".

Granit Xhaka of Arsenal and Mesut Ozil of Arsenal look dejected after conceding a second goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Manchester City at Emirates Stadium on August 12, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

Sunday's other game was a goalless draw between Southampton and Europa League contestants Burnley. New signing Lucas Torreira only makes the bench for the Gunners' first game of the season.

Catching City isn't the immediate target for the Gunners, who last won the title in 2004. They do not have that searing turn of speed that is needed to really threaten Premier League defences. This wasn't their greatest ever performance, but the fact they were so comfortable against a side that would realistically be wanting to challenge them, is paramount of just how good this Manchester City team is.

But it was City who seemed fitter and better prepared to take on the new season.

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Guardiola insists City would be foolish to think they will ease to the title by such a significant margin once again and believes Arsenal will be part of a strong chasing pack over the course of the season. TFC, the defending champions with largely the exact same roster as last season, sit ninth, now seven points back of the sixth and final playoff place after Montreal and Philadelphia picked up points on Saturday.

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. "A new manager after 20 years".

"This 90 minutes is how I want to do the process of improving our team", Emery added.

"I said many times, of course our average level is high, but I have a feeling, still, that we can improve".

Many fans may have hoped for a little more from their team however with Emery arriving so early in the summer and with many players not being involved in the World Cup.

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