Manchester City too strong for Arsenal and Unai Emery

Manchester City too strong for Arsenal and Unai Emery

For Emery, the first question on his mind is whether he picks Petr Cech in goal or Bernd Leno.

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.

There were a number of concerning moments with the ball at his feet.

Pep Guardiola admits he is very keen for Raheem Sterling to sign a new deal after the England star's dazzling display.

John Stones (8.5/10): A commendable performance from Stones, who marshalled his side's back-four quite well with some excellent tackles and interceptions.

It was an open start to the game, but once Raheem Sterling fired home, things began to look downhill for the Gunners.

The Spaniard will need time to reshape the team and, given the warm applause from numerous home fans still in Emirates Stadium by the final whistle, the majority of supporters are encouraged enough to afford it.

Benjamin Mendy (8.5/10): Appeared sloppy at times, especially with his tackles and defensive positioning.

- Bernardo Silva has scored five goals in his last seven Premier League starts for Manchester City after failing to score in his first nine. More goals, more assists.

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MF Aaron Ramsey, 6 - It was a big boost to Arsenal to see the Welshman passed fit, and he was the man charged with spearheading Arsenal's new pressing system. In fact, the Gunners gave him very little space to work with, which ideally prevented him from making much of a difference from the central area of the pitch.

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

Pep Guardiola's Champions sent another chilling message to the rest of the Premier League that their threat of continued dominance won't be shifted easily. Almost scored from a freekick. Playmaker David Silva could also feature after sitting out at Wembley and goalkeeper Ederson will return.

Anyway, without further ramblings, how did the players do in this match?

As for Arsenal, it is a fresh start for a squad that finished in sixth last season, its worst finish since the 1994-95 season, two years before Arsene Wenger took over as manager.

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.

The players just looked lethargic.

City's strength in depth was illustrated when Mahrez made way for Kevin de Bruyne just before the hour mark. "There was a gap last season but this season I don't know".

Gabriel Jesus (NA): Replaced the tiring Aguero in the 79th minute but he could only muster 11 touches.

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