Manchester City will look to start its title defense on the right foot after putting up one of the finest seasons in Premier League history a year ago as it put up an astounding 100 points by winning 32 of 38 matches.
Raheem Sterling opened the scoring with a clinical finish early in the first half and Bernardo Silva's thunderous strike capped a City success that served as a resounding warning to their title rivals. The Gunners finished out of a UEFA Champions League place for the second year in a row, and only the second time since 1997, according to FBRef.com.
It's this weekend's biggest game - Unai Emery makes his League debut on the Arsenal bench. The Brazilian, signed from Napoli for a reported fee in the region of £50million, was the coolest player on the pitch as he skipped to the ball, forced Ben Hamer to drop to his right, and then calmly slotted the ball the other way. British Summer Time on Sunday, August 12, at Emirates Stadium in London, England.
When Manchester City come up against Arsenal in Sunday's league opener, the Gabonese striker will be the main threat for Pep Guardiola's team. Eastern Daylight Time, 8 a.m.
Mahrez was inches away from opening his account three minutes before half time when he curled a left-footed effort just past Cech's far post as City continued to dominate, but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's effort nearly brought Arsenal level moments later but his long-distance strike sailed just wide.
It was a serene afternoon on the touchline for Guardiola, just like so much of last season which ended with City setting a series of Premier League records, notably by amassing 100 points.
"We saw him do well in the training session".
"That's my experience at Bayern Munich and Barcelona". It could be an absolute cracker, this - keep your emails and tweets coming, and I'll have some team news for you shortly. "First, you have to win the first one, and after that win the second one".
Bernd Leno seems set to start ahead of Petr Cech in goal. He did just that in the first half with this opening goal, which proved to be the victor.
It was worth noting that Arsenal were largely wasteful in their counterattacking attempts as a lot of chances went to waste because of poor execution in the final third. The NBC Sports streaming service requires cable or satellite service subscriber login credentials.
This might be a new Premier League season but it could quite easily follow the very same pattern as the one prior. This sums up Arsenal's day.