There's been a lot of talking - Sterling explains Arsenal goal celebration

Arsenal vs Manchester City: 3 key battles in Emery’s league debut

Wolves, Cardiff and Fulham were all taught about the harsh reality of the Premier League on Saturday as all three promoted sides failed to win their opening match.

Emery is convinced the Gabon worldwide can win the Premier League's Golden Boot this season. Pep Guardiola's starting line-up may have been without Kevin De Bruyne, but his squad has a depth of talent far greater than Arsenal's.

DF Sokratis Papastathopoulos, 6 - A taxing if not eye-catching debut for the Greek worldwide, who was booked for a cynical foul that suggested he might yet prove to be the kind of no-nonsense centre-half Arsenal need.

When asked if City had fashioned a ideal performance, Guardiolan told the BBC's Match Of The Day: "Yes".

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. "And also, we need to continue to work tactically with defensive options and to shorten the difference today between Manchester City and us". And it felt like they seamlessly continued that form as they comfortably defeated an Arsenal side looking slightly disjointed in their first competitive match under Unai Emery.

The two managers differ in many ways, but both share a key trait in that they are football obsessives.

Aaron Ramsey looks like a definite starter as part of the midfield two, and the Arsenal boss will make a late decision on his partner. He looked uncomfortable with the ball at his feet and seemed to suffer from a lack of confidence after conceding the opener.

Guendouzi made a shocking error, taking an air shot at a bouncing ball, allowing Aguero to run through on goal. Petr Cech made some fine saves but he looked deeply uncomfortable with Emery's emphasis on building from the back, repeatedly landing his team-mates in trouble and at one point nearly passing the ball into his own net.

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In the end it mattered little. Raheem Sterling cut through the defense easily before putting City ahead in the 14th minute, and Bernardo Silva curled in the second in the 64th at the Emirates Stadium.

If a new head coach and handful of signings were meant to shore up Arsenal's wobbly rearguard, this match offered scant evidence.

"It will be a really close battle to make the top four; Arsenal and Chelsea will push Manchester United all of the way and have an outside chance of claiming a Champions League place", Keown told BBC Sport. "Second half we got better".

"We played a high level considering the lack of physical condition for numerous players who arrived back late after the World Cup", he said.

And, despite just a week of sessions on the practice pitch, City picked up where they left off last term with a confident display that easily put Arsenal to the sword.

Fernandinho (7.5/10): Didn't make as many defensive contributions as you would normally expect from the Brazilian global.

"It was a shame we couldn't finish off our counter attacks and overall we're disappointed with the defeat".

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