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Sunday, 12 August 2018

Unai Emery side got it wrong as Man city thrash Arsenal in Emirate in a dissapointing debut

Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva spoiled the Premier League debut of Arsenal manager Unai Emery as Manchester City opened the defence of their title with a 2-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium.

City, who last season became the first team to reach 100 points in the league, continued their recent dominance of Arsenal and extended their run of winning every Premier League opener since 2008.

Sterling struck first, scoring in the 14th minute after taking possession on the edge of the area, dribbling back across the D and turning and firing through Arsenal's defence to beat Petr Cech to his left.

Cech, given the start instead of summer signing Bernd Leno, nearly helped a back pass from Matteo Guendouzi into his own net in the 22nd minute, but then recovered seven minutes later for a double save, first on Riyad Mahrez's free kick and then the rebound from point-blank range from Aymeric Laporte.

Although Cech stopped Sergio Aguero, who had half the pitch to himself in the 63rd minute after Guendouzi misplayed a high ball, Silva doubled the lead one minute later, scoring when Benjamin Mendy ran up the left and pulled it back as Silva drifted to the spot to finish left-footed.

Arsenal challenged on occasion, notably when Lucas Torreira released Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the 79th minute, but his chip over Ederson was ruled offside.

City won all three meetings with Arsenal last season, outscoring them 9-1, and are now unbeaten in their last six league meetings.

Emery, who was appointed in the spring after Arsene Wenger stepped away following 22 years at the club, gave Premier League debuts to Guendouzi, 19, and Sokratis Papastathopoulos, with Stephan Lichtsteiner coming on for the injured Ainsley Maitland-Niles in the 37th minute and Torreira entering in the 70th minute.

Mahrez started for City after a July move from Leicester City, with World Cup semifinalist Kevin De Bruyne beginning the game on the bench.

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