Arsenal 0-2 Man City: Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva ensure the winning start

Bernardo Silva concluded the victory of Manchester City on the opening day of the season in the Emirates

The margin of victory was higher in the corresponding game last season, but the feeling of ease was no different. Manchester City remain in their comfort zone against Arsenal, regardless of the manager. What needs to be done to close the gap between these teams can not be achieved in a summer.

So Unai Emery was frustrated, for the eleventh time in a row, that he could not get the best of Pep Guardiola. There is no harder baptism for a Premier League match than this match, with the possible exception of Manchester City, away from home, and the score finally flattered Arsenal.

Moments before Bernardo Silva scored the second, Sergio Agüero had missed a great opportunity for Manchester City and it could have been easier if Petr Cech had not been, mostly, in his game.

Bernardo Silva concluded the victory of Manchester City on the opening day of the season in the Emirates

Bernardo Silva concluded the victory of Manchester City on the opening day of the season in the Emirates

Silva hit the ball the first time after the pass was withdrawn to him, selecting the top corner of the Arsenal goal expertly

Silva hit the ball the first time after the pass was withdrawn to him, selecting the top corner of the Arsenal goal expertly

Silva hit the ball the first time after the pass was withdrawn to him, selecting the top corner of the Arsenal goal expertly

The Portuguese game creator left in celebration to mark the end with the ecstatic supporters of the city at the opposite end

The Portuguese game creator left in celebration to mark the end with the ecstatic supporters of the city at the opposite end

The Portuguese game creator left in celebration to mark the end with the ecstatic supporters of the city at the opposite end

The young man could not hide his joy after hitting the back of the net for City and all but the victory

The young man could not hide his joy after hitting the back of the net for City and all but the victory

The young man could not hide his joy after hitting the back of the net for City and all but the victory

Arsenal players were deflated after Silva's goal practically nullified his hopes of returning late in the game

Arsenal players were deflated after Silva's goal practically nullified his hopes of returning late in the game

Arsenal players were deflated after Silva's goal practically nullified his hopes of returning late in the game

Moments earlier, Sergio Agüero had the opportunity to kill the game with a one-on-one opportunity, but Petr Cech stood his ground

Moments earlier, Sergio Agüero had the opportunity to kill the game with a one-on-one opportunity, but Petr Cech stood his ground

Moments earlier, Sergio Agüero had the opportunity to kill the game with a one-on-one opportunity, but Petr Cech stood his ground

The Argentine cut a focused figure while he took the shot, ignoring a possible best option in the form of Kevin De Bruyne

The Argentine cut a focused figure while he took the shot, ignoring a possible best option in the form of Kevin De Bruyne

The Argentine cut a focused figure while he took the shot, ignoring a possible best option in the form of Kevin De Bruyne

Raheem Sterling had dribbled in in 14 minutes to make space one whip at home a fierce effort to give Manchester City leadership

Raheem Sterling had dribbled in in 14 minutes to make space one whip at home a fierce effort to give Manchester City leadership

Raheem Sterling had dribbled in in 14 minutes to make space one whip at home a fierce effort to give Manchester City leadership

The England international passed like a ghost over Matteo Guendouzi and Hector Bellerin to unleash a powerful and unstoppable effort

The England international passed like a ghost over Matteo Guendouzi and Hector Bellerin to unleash a powerful and unstoppable effort

The England international passed like a ghost over Matteo Guendouzi and Hector Bellerin to unleash a powerful and unstoppable effort

City No 7 was harassed by his teammates after breaking the deadlock in the Emirates and putting his side in the lead

City No 7 was harassed by his teammates after breaking the deadlock in the Emirates and putting his side in the lead

City No 7 was harassed by his teammates after breaking the deadlock in the Emirates and putting his side in the lead

As things were, after the excellent Raheem Sterling gave City the lead in the first half, Silva made sure they closed the game with minimal effort, turning it into two after 64 minutes. Sterling fed Benjamin Mendy in the overlay and cut a cross to Silva, who buried it with power that gave Cech no chance.

He made up for the events a minute earlier, when Kyle Walker's clearance produced a pretty awful shot from teenager midfielder Matteo Guendouzi, leaving Aguero one on one from just halfway down the line.

To his credit, Cech remained big and strong and did the rescue, but summed up the gulf between the teams. Arsenal a work in progress, City with talent, and possibilities, to burn. His bank on Sunday afternoon included Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus. For now, and for the foreseeable future, Emery can only dream.

CORRESPONDING FACTS, TABLE OF LEAGUE AND PARTY AREA

ARSENAL (4-3-3): Cech, Bellerin, Sokratis, Mustafi, Maitland-Niles (Lichtsteiner 35), Guendouzi, Xhaka, Mkhitaryan, Ramsey (Lacazette 54), Ozil, Aubameyang

SUBS NOT USED: Elneny, Torreira, holding, Iwobi, Leno

RESERVED: Sokratis, Xhaka

MANAGER: Unai Emery

MAN CITY (4-1-4-1): Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Mendy, Fernandinho, Gündogan, Bernardo, Mahrez (De Bruyne 60), Sterling (Sane 86), Agüero

SUBS NOT USED: Bravo, Kompany, Otamendi, Gabriel Jesus, Foden

GOALS: Sterling 14, Bernardo Silva 64

RESERVED: Sterling, De Bruyne

MANAGER: Pep Guardiola

REFEREE: Michael Oliver

ASSISTANCE: 59,934

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For long periods of the first half, we felt as if we had opened a portal to the past: Manchester City exhilarating, vibrant, ambitious, Arsenal overwhelmed, hesitant, barely in the game.

The idea that Unai Emery can transform a group of players overnight, even one that includes young players and two completely new players, seemed fanciful. Arsenal will not suddenly become a hard-working team capable of stifling stronger opponents with a click of the new manager's fingers.

Matteo Guendouzi did everything possible, but he is 19 years old and is in his first season in English football. It will take time. The tastes of Granit Xhaka and Mesut Ozil will not find a work ethic that was not present before.

Sterling celebrated to be the first Premier League scorer in the City on 18/19 with fans traveling far

Sterling celebrated to be the first Premier League scorer in the City on 18/19 with fans traveling far

Sterling celebrated to be the first Premier League scorer in the City on 18/19 with fans traveling far

All the smiles of Sterling as he celebrated his effort with the all-time top scorer of the City Sergio Agüero

All the smiles of Sterling as he celebrated his effort with the all-time top scorer of the City Sergio Agüero

All the smiles of Sterling as he celebrated his effort with the all-time top scorer of the City Sergio Agüero

Stephan Lichtsteiner had to enter as a substitute in the first half of Ainsley Maitland-Niles and quickly had to adapt to the play

Stephan Lichtsteiner had to enter as a substitute in the first half of Ainsley Maitland-Niles and quickly had to adapt to the play

Stephan Lichtsteiner had to enter as a substitute in the first half of Ainsley Maitland-Niles and quickly had to adapt to the play

Maitland-Niles had to leave the field after receiving a blow at the half-hour mark and not being able to continue

Maitland-Niles had to leave the field after receiving a blow at the half-hour mark and not being able to continue

Maitland-Niles had to leave the field after receiving a blow at the half-hour mark and not being able to continue

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang showed his athleticism as he launched himself into the air to try to take down a misguided pass

The Gabon international was quickly tracked down by Aymeric Laporte, who had a great challenge to gain possession

The Gabon international was quickly tracked down by Aymeric Laporte, who had a great challenge to gain possession

The Gabon international was quickly tracked down by Aymeric Laporte, who had a great challenge to gain possession

And this is City, remember. Just as it was difficult to judge Manuel Pellegrini's West Ham earlier in the day, so the match against Chelsea next week may provide more insight into Arsenal's progress than this first game. Think about how City made Chelsea look at Wembley in Community Shield, and how much Chelsea seemed to have improved by the time they reached Huddersfield on Saturday. Time alone was not the difference. Playing City is a step forward. The same could be true of Liverpool, too.

So in the first ten minutes, City signaled its intention and Arsenal was already beginning to look stretched. Sergio Agüero played a beautiful film with Raheem Sterling, who snuck into the area, near obstacles, forcing a good shot from Petr Cech. In five minutes, the city was ahead.

It was an excellent goal, one that showed why Gareth Southgate kept faith with Sterling in the World Cup, despite the external battles. Maybe it would help if Sterling felt some love, instead of disdain, of the many vox pops that condemned him as the poorest player in England. It was outstanding here, at the heart of everything that was good about the City's direct play, and the first goal of the City Premier League campaign was no more than it deserved.

It came from a Benjamin Mendy pass, which Sterling collected on the edge of the area, running parallel to the goal. First he passed Hector Bellerin, then Guendouzi, before shooting under Cech.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan is tracked down by the mighty Benjamin Mendy, back on the city side after missing most of last season

Henrikh Mkhitaryan is tracked down by the mighty Benjamin Mendy, back on the city side after missing most of last season

Henrikh Mkhitaryan is tracked down by the mighty Benjamin Mendy, back on the city side after missing most of last season

Riyad Mahrez pauses for a moment of contemplation after approaching with the opportunity to double the advantage of the City in the Emirates

Riyad Mahrez pauses for a moment of contemplation after approaching with the opportunity to double the advantage of the City in the Emirates

Riyad Mahrez pauses for a moment of contemplation after approaching with the opportunity to double the advantage of the City in the Emirates

Mesut Ozil went straight to the action and competed for an air balloon with Benjamin Mendy in the early stages of the draw.

Mesut Ozil went straight to the action and competed for an air balloon with Benjamin Mendy in the early stages of the draw.

Mesut Ozil went straight to the action and competed for an air balloon with Benjamin Mendy in the early stages of the draw.

Ilkay Gundogan took to the field with a protective mask after recently undergoing nose surgery in preseason

Ilkay Gundogan took to the field with a protective mask after recently undergoing nose surgery in preseason

Ilkay Gundogan took to the field with a protective mask after recently undergoing nose surgery in preseason

It was not long before Emery stood up and barked orders to his players across the field

It was not long before Emery stood up and barked orders to his players across the field

It was not long before Emery stood up and barked orders to his players across the field

Aaron Ramsey quickly sought to prevail in midfield and get moving for the Gunners

Aaron Ramsey quickly sought to prevail in midfield and get moving for the Gunners

Aaron Ramsey quickly sought to prevail in midfield and get moving for the Gunners

Matteo Guendouzi debuted with Emery and immediately felt the strength of the Premier League after a great start

Matteo Guendouzi debuted with Emery and immediately felt the strength of the Premier League after a great start

Matteo Guendouzi debuted with Emery and immediately felt the strength of the Premier League after a great start

The Arsenal goalkeeper simply did not see, as he gave the impression of leaving Sterling's shot despite the fact that the ball was inside his second post. The Emirates were silenced. This was not so much a new era as a repetition; This was the Arsenal of yesteryear, soft and helpful.

Nervous, too. In the 22nd minute, Guendouzi returned to Cech, whose attempt to put the ball in the defense position was so badly judged that he almost crashed into his own net. He passed a post by a corner, and the panic reaction of the locals from behind the goal must have been audible, because the goalkeeper turned to them and apologized.

However, four minutes later, there was no regret when Agüero broke through and was fouled by center Sokratis, who received a reserve in his league debut.

Emery warmly greeted his managerial counterpart, Guardiola, ahead of the two who are preparing for a weekend battle.

Emery warmly greeted his managerial counterpart, Guardiola, ahead of the two who are preparing for a weekend battle.

Emery warmly greeted his managerial counterpart, Guardiola, ahead of the two who are preparing for a weekend battle.

Petr Cech was cleared by the new boy Bernd Leno and led Arsenal in the Emirates for the first match

Petr Cech was cleared by the new boy Bernd Leno and led Arsenal in the Emirates for the first match

Petr Cech was cleared by the new boy Bernd Leno and led Arsenal in the Emirates for the first match

Since the free kick, outside the area, but inside the D, Cech made a good save from Riyad Mahrez, but from the loose rebound, attacked by Aymeric Laporte, he did a better one. Laporte should have done better from the resulting corner, and Mahrez also gave him a free header.

Manchester City used the full width of the court, as usual, and in the 42nd minute a beautiful crossed field ball from Agüero chose Mahrez, who made a long shot.

Arsenal did not lack opportunities, but they were limited. The best of all was when Bellerin beat the defensively unconvincing Mendy and forced a good shot from Ederson.

Henrik Mkhitaryan fed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after 44 minutes, but his shot went just wide of the crossbar. Emery introduced Alexandre Lacazette to Aaron Ramsey ten minutes into the second half, and immediately the Arsenal attack line seemed brighter.

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