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By Fuad Oluwaniyi
Reigning champions Manchester City picked up where they left off from last season after putting in a solid shift at the Emirates and spoiling the welcome party for new Arsenal boss Una Emery.
Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva got Manchester City’s Premier League title defence up and running with a deserved 2-0 win at Arsenal.
Sterling made six starts in England’s semi-final run at the 2018 World Cup and only returned to training with City on Monday.
He rewarded Pep Guardiola’s faith with a lively showing and a clinically dispatched 14th-minute opener.
The first game of Arsenal’s new era under Unai Emery often proved a thankless task but there were moments of encouragement before Silva settled the issue with a brilliantly taken second in the 64th minute.
What it means: City show their class, plenty of work ahead for Emery.
After Liverpool’s impressive close-season in the transfer market and emphatic 4-0 win over West Ham it was time for the champions to restate their own credentials. The manner in which City beguiled their hosts during the opening half hour showed they unquestionably remain the team to win this term. Emery’s men fought gamely and he will get a better read on his team when they face Maurizio Sarri’s similarly embryonic project at Chelsea.
As a wonderful goal came up from Sterling and Man City are on the scoresheet 14 minutes into their title defence.
He picks up the ball on the top left corner before trotting across the top of the area, beating Bellering, and striking, sending the ball flying past Cech in the goal.
Bernardo Silva doubles the Champions lead, after a shaky 10 minutes in which Arsenal started getting to the top. Mendy races forward down the left, plays a one-two with Sterling and the cuts the ball back to Silva who fired the ball past Cech, who had no chance.
Aubameyang has the ball in the net, but the linesman has his flag up for offside. Torreira plays a great ball forward for the striker, who just manage to get on the end of it and poke the ball into the net, off the crossbar.
Petr Cech, M. Özil, Sokratis, Aubameyang, Mkhitaryan, Ramsey, Mustafi, G. Xhaka, Bellerín, A.M Niles, M. Guendouzi
Subs: S. Lichtsteiner, Lacazette, B. Leno, M.Elneny, A. Iwobi, L. Torreira, Holding
Manchester City XI:
S. Agüero, Fernandinho, K. Walker, İ. Gündoğan, Mahrez, R. Sterling, B. Mendy, A.Laporte, J. Stones, Ederson Moraes, Bernardo Silva
Subs: V. Kompany, C. Bravo, N. Otamendi, K. De Bruyne, Sané, Gabriel Jesus, Foden