Arsenal vs Manchester City Highlights: Goals from Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva gave Manchester City a winning start to the 2018-19 Premier League season as they beat Arsenal 2-0 at Emirates Stadium on Sunday. Even though the hosts did not pose big threats to the reigning champions, Unai Emery’s side had their moments but have a lot to work on as they kickstart their season in the post-Arsene Wenger era. It was a positive start for Pep Guardiola’s side who began the league season by winning three points.
Arsenal vs Manchester City Highlights: Manchester City beat Arsenal 2-0
Manchester City WIN
Reigning champions Manchester City have a perfect start to the new season as they beat Arsenal 2-0 at Emirates Stadium. It was a completely new start for Wenger-less Arsenal but having seen the match, there wasn't anything new to how Arsenal performs against big clubs. The hosts did have their moments in the match but Emery has a lot of work to do at the club, which played their first game without Arsene Wenger since 1996. Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva goals help City start their campaign on a positive note.
Flag up again
Ozil had his eyes set on the goal but again, the flag was up for offside. Meanwhile, Leroy Sane comes in place of the opening scorer Raheem Sterling.
Aubameyang races after a Torreira pass and lifts the ball over Ederson and into the net, but the flag is up for offside.
Arsenal win the first corner of the match but it leads to nothing as City enjoy their lead. Another substitution for Arsenal as Torreira makes debut, replacing Xhaka, who has been booked.
GOAL! Arsenal 0-2 Manchester City
First, Aguero builds beautifully as he had the half-pitch to himself. All he had to do was tap it in but shoots directly as the ball bounces off Ceck. Not dettered, Manchester City attack again, and this time they are successful. Lovely finish from Bernardo Silva, who slams into the top corner to double Manchester City's lead at Emirates Stadium.
OH BERNARDOOOOOOOOOO!!! pic.twitter.com/hFZyJjxeJa— Manchester City (@ManCity) 12 August 2018
Ramsey is replaced by Lacazette, who causes an immediate impact. He misses the net by a foot as the ball curves towards the right. He then again comes charging again the next minute. Lacazette was probably the energy and motivation the home side were looking for. Will he make the difference for Emery's side?
Unenergetic start to second half
The second half does not see the same start as the first with players from both sides lacking energy. Aguero's early effort in the half goes wide.
The second half between Arsenal and Manchester City is underway at Emirates. The hosts trail the reigning champions by one goal. Would new manager Emery's half-time talk change the tables in the Gunners' direction? Let's find out
Raheem Sterling's goal the only difference in the first half as reigning champions Manchester City go into half-time with 1-0 lead. Mahrez has done well on his debut, looking dangerous and creating close chances for the visitors.
Auba close to giving Arsenal equaliser
Aubameyang collects the ball with a tidy first touch, before sending a powerful drive narrowly wide of Ederson's goal. Another chance lost for the hosts to equalise before half-time.
City sixth corner
This is Manchester City's sixth corner in comparison to Arsenal's zero. They have however not been able to convert any.
Mahrez doing his best
Five minutes to go before the half-time whistle. Mahrez is trying his best to get to the same wavelength as his teammates. After the free-kick, he again attempts to have a go at the goall but his attempt goes wide.
Free kick for City
Manchester City are awarded with a free-kick after Sokratis fouls on a charging Aguero. Sokratis accepts the booking gracefully, knowing it was their only way of not going 2-0 down. A beautiful save as Cech stretches full after Mahrez takes the free kick. He then does brilliantly to save one from rebound. It goes for corner but City lose their golden chance of doubling the lead.
Cech almost blunder
After Benjamin Mendy fires a straight shot at Ederson, Arsenal have a near-oops moment as their keeper almost puts the ball inside their net. Cech turns and apologises to Gunners.
Raheem Sterling with a great finish gives Manchester City a perfect start to the first match of the season. Sterling picks the ball up from the left side of the area, leaves behind the Red-and-white shirts, runs along the edge and sends a fine 18-yard drive into far corner of the net.
GET INNNNNNNNN!!! pic.twitter.com/HrvIlmEt7l— Manchester City (@ManCity) 12 August 2018
Sterling gets close to giving the reigning champions a perfect start to their campaign. And it should have gone in except the last-minute defence by Arsenal.
The Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester City is underway with a thundering applause from excited fans. Sterling is booked early in the game. A small break as Guendouzi takes treatment.
Manchester City Line-up
Riyad Mahrez makes his Premier League debut for the champions. Here is Manchester City's Starting XI:
Your Champions’ line-up! 🙌— Manchester City (@ManCity) 12 August 2018
City XI | Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Mendy, Fernandinho (C), Gündogan, Bernardo, Mahrez, Sterling, Agüero
Subs | Bravo, Kompany, De Bruyne, Sané, Otamendi, Jesus, Foden
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Arsenal vs Manchester City LIVE
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester City as the two sides begin their 2018-19 campaign on Sunday at Emirates. It's a rather tough start for the new manager Emery as Arsenal begin their season post Wenger. Meanwhile, Guardiola's side will be brimming with confidence, hoping to kickstart another dominating season.