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Arsenal defeat is a ‘reality check’ says Keown

The new Premier League campaign signalled the dawn of a new era at the Emirates, but Arsenal’s opening day defeat to Manchester City served as a useful ‘reality check’ for Gunners fans.

Arsenal went into the Premier League season for the first time in 22 years with a new manager at the helm after Arsene Wenger was replaced by Unai Emery over the summer.

The arrival of the former Sevilla and PSG boss brought a fresh wave of optimism to the Emirates, especially with him bringing in a number of defenders and midfielders to bolster his squad, which had for long periods under Arsene Wenger been underinvested in.

Despite the optimism though, Arsenal’s Premier League season opener couldn’t have been any harder, having to get their campaign underway against reigning champions Manchester City, who beat the Gunners 2-0 in North London.

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Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has said that the result serves as a reality check for the fans, and insisted that it will take time for Arsenal to ‘get it right’ under Unai Emery:

“Arsenal’s defeat by Manchester City on Sunday was a reality check for their fans and demonstrated how much work new Gunners boss Unai Emery has to do,” Keown told the BBC.

“It is obvious that the Arsenal players are still getting used to the way Emery wants them to play, and it is going to take them time to get it right.

“You also have to consider the challenge he faces in taking over from Arsene Wenger. This is a new era for the club after 22 years, and it is going to see a lot of changes.

“It is an exciting time, but there will be some disappointments too and this was Emery’s first game in charge, against a City side who won the league with 100 points last season. It was never going to be easy.”

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