City impressive winners over Arsenal

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The Gunners were threatening to come back into the match with City leading by Raheem Sterling's early goal, but Bernardo's top-corner effort was as perfectly timed off his laces as it was on the clock.

Man City's domestic success has been well documented over the last few years, while Arsenal have failed to finish in the top four of the EPL in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1996.

The Gunners are looking to finish in the top four for the first time since 2015-16 following two hard campaigns under Arsene Wenger. Here are the player ratings from the 2-0 loss.

Arsenal have the unenviable task of taking on the Champions of the Premier League on their opening match.

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Guardiola insists his players are still "starving" for success and there is little doubt City's hunger for silverware remains strong.

It was a game that showed Arsenal are very much a work in progress under Emery, who took over from Arsene Wenger this summer, but Emery was confident they are heading in the right direction. Riyad Mahrez makes his Premier League debut for the champions. Arsenal are likely to welcome another debutant, the feisty but creative Lucas Torreira, in their deepest role.

It was worth noting that Arsenal were largely wasteful in their counterattacking attempts as a lot of chances went to waste because of poor execution in the final third.

So, Arsenal fans were technically wrong, but the fact they've won 46 trophies in total and Wenger only has 12 less major honours than City by himself speaks volumes.

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But that noisy optimism was punctured in ruthless style by Sterling in the 14th minute.

Arsenal finally threatened when Bellerin's blast forced City goalkeeper Ederson to make a good stop.

Look at what Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech did in the first half, almost kicking the ball into his own net.

Emery has set Aubameyang the target of doing what he did in the Bundesliga a year ago, when he scored 31 goals to become the division's top scorer. Alexandre Lacazette will start for Arsenal as their central striker. Fernandinho, Kevin De Bruyne and a Silva - either David or Bernardo - is a familiar trio for the away side.

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