Manchester City player ratings from their dominant win over Arsenal

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But City manager Pep Guardiola admits that even now the transfer window has closed in the Premier League, the Etihad hierarchy may still find Sterling as hard to tie down as the Arsenal defence did at the Emirates.

Another worry for Arsenal is that their left-back situation worsened when Ainsley Maitland-Niles hobbled off in the first half with a leg injury. The Welshman just returned to training at the end of the week.

Another problem area is the left-back slot. With Sead Kolasinac's knee injury keeping him out of action for the next two months, Nacho Monreal is the natural replacement for the Bosnian.

Sterling slotted seamlessly into the City side, as one of three changes to the XI which began the Community Shield win over Chelsea a week earlier.

Arsenal will face the previous season's English top flight champions in their opening match for the first time since 1970, the BBC notes, when the Gunners host Manchester City.

The Spaniard did return to full training a few days ago, but could be shot of fitness for the City game. Our team, with more time, will play with this personality. "Every season is a major season and this game was complicated but we played at a high level".

In steps Unai Emery, the Spanish manager who recently led French giants Paris Saint-Germain, attempting to fill some pretty big shoes at the Emirates.

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Both goalkeepers have shown good form and command over the post during pre-season.

GK Petr Cech, 5 - It would appear that, for now at least, Cech has held off the challenge off the younger and more expensive Bernd Leno to remain first choice. Hector Bellerin should complete the backline, with Stephan Lichtsteiner likely to be his backup this season. Midfielder Aaron Ramsey is a doubt for the fixture.

MF Granit Xhaka, 5 - Guendouzi might well have expected considerable support from the more experienced Xhaka, but the Swiss was no more effective in the midfield battle.

Installed as heavy favourites to finish top again - which would make them the first team to defend the title since Manchester United in 2008-09 - City's ruthless performance was ominous for their rivals. Mesut Ozil enjoyed a largely uncharacteristic game in the final third while City's counterpressing did enough to stifle Arsenal and force them into quicker, unstable progressions.

Arsenal boss Unai Emery is excited to be working with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The France striker injected more urgency into Arsenal's attacks and sent an effort just wide only moments after coming on.

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