Manchester City player ratings from their dominant win over Arsenal

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the new Arsenal kit. CREDIT ARSENAL FC

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the new Arsenal kit. CREDIT ARSENAL FC

"It's the first game of the season, you want to start well and I'm happy to contribute", he told Sky Sports.

"When you play against a team of City's quality and confidence it is always going to be hard".

"Everyone is going to play a lot of minutes and, in every moment, they have to be ready". I can't back City at odds-on, so I'll go for Draw / Man City in the Half Time / Full Time market at [5.8].

It was a serene afternoon on the touchline for Guardiola, just like so much of last season which ended with City setting a series of Premier League records, notably by amassing 100 points. The same when we are thinking defensively, I want our strikers to be thinking: "We need to protect the goalkeepers".

"To win the way we won is more than pleasing, a big compliment to our team", Guardiola said. Perhaps we'll see more from him when Lucas Torreira is installed as his regular partner.

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.

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The left-back came back with a World Cup medal and was good enough in his attacking play. A viewing of last week's Community Shield might have dampened that slightly; City were superb against Chelsea and that was with Kevin De Bruyne, among others, still to return. Riyad Mahrez took the resulting free-kick and forced a save from Cech low down to his right, before the Arsenal stopper reacted quickly to deny Aymeric Laporte's close-range follow up with an instinctive stop.

He said: "Mendy is Mendy". Sometimes you say, "Wow, what a player".

However, Emery said his players grew into the game and had chances after the break to equalise. "Hopefully we can convince him to be calm and forget a bit the social media and focus on what he has to do".

Arsenal supporters had been in excited mood ahead of Unai Emery's first Premier League game in charge, but for all the optimism which preceded it, the new era began with a defeat which showed the size of the task facing the new head coach. "And also, we need to continue to work tactically with defensive options and to shorten the difference today between Manchester City and us".

With Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac expected to miss the visit of champions City to Emirates Stadium on Sunday, Welbeck has been trialled as a full-back during training.

The Gunners appointed Emery early in the summer so he had ample time to prepare, but he was not the Arsenal board's first choice and their primary target, Mikel Arteta, will take his seat on the visitors' bench on Sunday.

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