Arsenal will 'grow' after Man City defeat, insists Cech

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The Gunners were beaten by Pep Guardiola's men in the opening game, but the goalkeeper believes that positives can be taken

Petr Cech believes that Arsenal  will "grow" despite their defeat to Manchester City in their Premier League opener, as they get to grips with life under new manager Unai Emery.

Goals from Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva condemned the Gunners to a 2-0 defeat at Emirates Stadium in the Spaniard's first competitive game in charge, with Pep Guardiola's side easing to victory.

Arsenal attempted to press City deep in their own half, while displaying a determination to patiently play out from the back when attempting to build attacking moves.

The Gunners saw Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have a goal correctly ruled out for offside, while both sides were wasteful in the final third, City failing to take numerous chances to extend their lead.

"It could have been more, it could have been less," Cech told Sky Sports  of the result. 

"In the second half we managed to force them to make some mistakes with their build-up and we had some opportunities to counter-attack.

"In the last 30 yards we lacked a bit of invention to have a good touch and finish the action off. When you play against a team with such quality and the confidence of being champions from the last season it was always going to be difficult.

"In the end, inevitably, you can make a few mistakes. But I thought we did pretty well and it's a shame we could finish some of the half-chances in the second half. 

"It's our first game together like that with the new manager, a new way of playing and I think it's going to help us to grow."

Unai Emery Arsenal 2018-19

Despite the defeat, the 36-year-old says that he is enjoying the new tactical style being deployed by Emery at the north London club.

Cech, who captained the side and was preferred to new signing Bernd Leno in goal, did not always appear comfortable with the ball at his feet but the veteran goalkeeper insists he is adapting to the former Paris Saint-Germain boss' methods as Arsenal move on from the Arsene Wenger era.

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"I enjoy it. I've played under different managers, different styles and most of my career I was asked to play long," Cech said.

"I think it's very useful when you want to be the team who create. You need to create this superiority at the back when you build up using the goalkeepers.

"They are used to playing a high press and they did it well but I think we did pretty well over the course of the game."

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