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England's Raheem Sterling went past two weak challenges to put City ahead in the first quarter of an hour with his 50th league goal. David Silva failed to make the matchday squad.

It promises to be an exciting game with City winning all three meetings between the teams last season, including the Carabao Cup final at Wembley, but Arsenal likely to be rejuvenated under new leadership.

Sterling was at his direct best tormenting Arsenal in the first half, driving past Hector Bellerin and Matteo Guendouzi before firing through a crowd and past Cech.

Mahrez was inches away from opening his account three minutes before half time when he curled a left-footed effort just past Cech's far post as City continued to dominate, but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's effort nearly brought Arsenal level moments later but his long-distance strike sailed just wide.

It marked a contrast to the 23-year-old's performances during England's run at Russian Federation 2018, where a string of intelligent and industrious attacking displays were stained by wayward finishing. The 36-year-old clearly struggled to adapt.

City utterly dominated the match and Pep Guardiola's men were much better value for the win than the 2-0 scoreline suggests.

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Ozil has regularly come in for criticism for his performances for Arsenal in recent years after failing to produce consistent displays for the north London side. The two experienced centre backs feature on the bench.

While the rest of the league attempted to reload in order to give the Citizens a run for their money, Manchester City splashed plenty of cash of its own, signing winger Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City for a club-record $76.6 million. Just moments after Sergio Aguero had an effort saved when through on goal, they added a second.

It wasn't the dream start that both Arsenal fans and Emery would have hoped for.

"Or Manchester United. People don't know how good they will be this season, but I know the manager a little bit and I know in that situation how good they will handle it".

"This team scored five goals against PSG and had a good pre-season".

And that's exactly why it is so widely expected that Guardiola's men will once again pip everyone else to the Premier League title.

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