Man City fly to Brighton ahead of Premier League opener


Former Manchester City and Everton defender Sylvain Distin believes Pep Guardiola's transfer business could be a gamble as a number of new recruits have arrived without Premier League experience.

Chris Hughton's men held firm in the face of near incessant attacking from the pre-season title favourites, but a late strike from Aguero and Lewis Dunk's own-goal sealed victory for City.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has admitted that the club will not spend like they did this summer again as he looked to overhaul the squad. "I want to say thank you to the club", Guardiola said.

"Last season, in the early period, people know how fantastic we were". While Huddersfield are the bookies favourites to finish bottom it may well be the team from the south coast who take the wooden spoon come what May. What I can not control doesn't matter. Although City struggled with defending last season, things are likely to be different this time, and that's why Brighton's attack will have to be top-notch. But I'm used to that. The big teams have to handle all situations. But for at least the next nine months it will be known as the newest destination for the Premier League. I was confident last season too. Here every game is a battle. We create always more than the opponent. And we did it. "We have to win the games that we can do".

"It's important to start well and start winning", Ederson added.

Last season was by far the most hard of Wenger's 21-year reign, with Arsenal's on-pitch travails exposing him to furious protests from angry fans.

That will be a weekly issue, given the talent in his squad.

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The 30-year old put his side 2-1 ahead of Arsenal in the 29th minute after a goal from Okazaki had cancelled Lacazette's opener. "I love the man and the player because he's a fantastic guy. committed (and) he loves the club", Wenger said.

And soon afterwards Dunk turned Fernandinho's cross through goalkeeper Mathew Ryan's grasp and into his own net.

If he does carry his form into next season he'll surely pull a lot of strings and may be set to retain his Assist-Leader status, but this is contingent upon Jesus returning fresh and for Sergio Aguero to return to scoring ways and, of course, how often he plays.

After claiming second place in the Championship last season, the Seagulls welcomed City to the Amex Stadium for the curtain raiser they had all been waiting for. "The one time we got stretched, they capitalised on it". "That's the quality that they've got".

Izzy Brown 6 - Promising start by the Chelsea loanee was cut short after just 23 minutes by a hamstring injury.

The match marked quite a journey for Albion, 20 years after facing extinction and following a 34-year absence from the top flight.

Selling Nasri won't be easy, though, not when City are asking suitors to "meet the club's £10 million plus asking price in addition to footing his £9.6 million-per-year wages", per James Ducker of the Daily Telegraph. There is no doubt that Brighton are one of the more attractive sides to watch but they'll have to certainly up their game to survive in Premier League. "They need to make sure they're up for it and ready for it".