Sterling and Bernardo Silva goals ensure City start from were they left off last season

Sterling and Bernardo Silva goals ensure City start from were they left off last season

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That though brings an end to today's live coverage of the game between Arsenal and Manchester City. I hope you enjoyed our coverage. I have been Brandon Sayer taking you through the game, but until next time have a good evening.

Despite losing though new Arsenal boss Emery will need some time to get his plan across to the players. They though will need to regroup as they face the task of going to Stamford Bridge next weekend to face Chelsea.

Well City have started as they ended last season with yet another three points to get their 2018/19 season of to a winning start. Goals from Sterling and Bernardo sealed the win for the defending championss.

90+4' - The referee blows his whistle to end the game. Arsenal 0-2 Manchester City.

90' - Referee Michael Oliver has decided to add on four minutes at the end of the second half.

87' - Manchester City substitution: Sterling is replaced by Leroy Sane.

79' - Manchester City substitution: Aguero is replaced by Gabriel Jesus.

73' - De Bruyne receives a yellow card for a late tackle on Torriera.

70' - Arsenal substitution: Xhaka is replaced by Lucas Torriera.

64' - Goal for Manchester City! Bernardo Silva makes it 2-0 to City. City once again show their class with a brilliant move which ended with Mendy finding Bernardo in space in the box and he put a great shot into the top corner of the net. What will Arsenal do now? They need to respond.

63' - What a chance for Aguero! The Argentinean striker was played through on goal but his shot towards goal was well-saved by Cech. That is not like Aguero he usually scores them.

60' - Manchester City substitution: Mahrez is replaced by Kevin de Bruyne.

56' - Lacazette almost scores within a minute of coming on. The french striker received the ball in space in the edge of the box before unleashing a right footed shot which just went wide of the goal with Ederson beaten in goal.

54' - Arsenal substitution: Ramsey is replaced by Lacazette.

52' - Xhaka receives a yellow card for a late foul on Aguero. Took one for the team their as Aguero was running at the defence.

50' - Aguero almost made it 2-0 to City but his thunderous strike from the edge of the box was defelcted which took the ball over the bar with Cech beaten.

46' - Referee Michael Oliver blows his whistle to begin the second half. Game on!

Arsenal in the end done well to get to half-time only 1-0 down given how dominant City were at the start of the match. Sterling gave City the lead with a great finish in the 14th minute of the game. Cech has had to be on red alert after that to make a string of saves to keep his side in the game. Arsenal have had some encouraging moments but that is all so far. What will happen in the second half? Stay tuned to find out in a few minutes time!

45+4' - The referee blows his whsitle to end the first half. Arsenal 0-1 Manchester City.

45+1' - The referee has decided to add on four minutes at the end of the first half.

45' - A flash of what Aubameyang's about as he received the ball in a good area before unleashing a shot from the edge of the area which went just wide of the goal. Much better from Arsenal.

42' - Arsenal counter and the City counter in a matter of seconds which leads to Mahrez curling an effort from the edge of the box with his left foot just wide of the post.

35' - Arsenal substitution: Maitland-Niles has to be replaced due to injury by Lichtsteiner.

28' - Mahrez hits the free-kick which forced Cech into a very good save and then from the rebound Cech once again denied Laporte from putting the ball into the net. Arsenal need to settle down a bit here or they will be out of the game.

27' - Sokratis receives a yellow card for a deliberate foul on Aguero. Free-kick to City on the edge of the Arsenal box.

21' - What a game this is as Arsenal almost get an equalising goal as Bellerin was in on goal after a good touch from a Maitland-Niles pass but his fierce strike was well-saved by Ederson.

14' - Goal for City! Sterling gives City the early lead. This was fantastic from the winger who ran and went past a couple of defenders before unleashing a curling effort from the edge of the box into the bottom corner of the net. Now we will see what Arsenal are capable off.

9' - What a save from Cech! Sterling was in on goal after a great dribble with the ball and just as he thought his left-footed strike was going into the net, Cech got a big hand to the ball to turn it over the bar.

4' - Sterling receives a yellow card for a late challenge on Guendouzi.

1' - Referee Michael Oliver blows his whistle to begin the game. Game on!

Manchester City substitutes: Bravo, Kompany, De Bruyne, Sané, Otamendi, Jesus, Foden.

Arsenal substitutes: Leno, Holding, Lichtsteiner, Elneny, Torreira, Iwobi, Lacazette.

Manchester City starting XI: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Mendy, Fernandinho, Gündogan, Bernardo, Mahrez, Sterling, Agüero.

Arsenal starting XI: Cech, Bellerin, Mustafi, Sokratis, Maitland-Niles, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Mkhitaryan, Ramsay, Özil, Aubameyang.

The team news from the Emirates is in. Stay tuned as we bring it to you next!

We'll have confirmed team news for you at around 3:00BST but before that, stay with us as our build-up to the game continues.

Predicted Arsenal lineup: (4-2-3-1) Leno; Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, Mustafi, Bellerin; Torreira, Ramsey; Lacazette, Ozil, Mkhitaryan; Aubameyang.

Predicted Manchester City lineup: (4-3-3) Ederson; Walker, Stones, Laporte, Mendy; De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Bernardo; Mahrez, Aguero, Sane.

Guardiola is likely to name a team similar to the one that defeated Chelsea 2-0 last weekend in the Community Shield match at Wembley. It means that David Silva is likely to only get a place on the bench, delaying his 250th league outing for City, while Eliaquim Mangala and Danillo will both miss the game due to injury.

In terms of team news for the game, Aaron Ramsey, who suffered a calf injury sustained during pre-season is a doubt but is likely to be fit for the game. Emery though will be without Nacho Monreal and Saed Kolasinac due to injury so it could mean that Ainsley Maitland-Niles could play at left back once again for the Gunners like he did on a number of occasions last season. New signings, Bernd Leno and Lucas Torriera are also likely to make their Premier League debuts against the defending champions.

The last time these two sides faced each other at the Emirates, City ran out comfrotable 3-0 winners back in March. The goals that day was scored by Bernardo Silva, David Silva and Leroy Sane. The Gunners will be hoping to put up a much better fight though this time round.

City come into this season on the back of a record breaking season last year which seen them finish with 100 points which saw them win the title by a huge 19 points.

It couldn't be a much harder game though for the Gunners as they come up against Pep Guardiola's Manchester City side who will be aiming to retain the title and become the first club to do so since Manchester United completed that feat in 2009.

Emery has yet to taste victory over a Guardiola side as on ten previous occasions, it has been Guardiola's team who have came on on top, so it will be interesting to see if that continues this weekend.

Emery will be looking to get the Gunners back on track in the Premier League as they finished sixth in the table last season, once again failing to qualify for the UEFA Champions League.

It will be an interesting time for the Gunners as for the first time in 22 years in the Premier League they will no longer be getting instructions from Arsène Wenger, who announced his departure from the club at the end of last season.

Whilst the World Cup was an entertaining event for the close season, the Gunners were excitingly busy behind the scenes as Unai Emery begins his managerial tenure in north London following his decision to depart Paris Saint-Germain.

The Premier League is finally back and what a match to finish the first round of fixtues as the Gunners, under new manager Unai Emery, get their campaign underway against defending champions Manchester City.

Hello there everyone, and welcome to VAVEL UK's live minute-by-minute commentary of the Premier League match held at the Emirates Stadium between Arsenal and Manchester City. Kick-off at the Emirates is set for 4:00BST, so stick with us until then as we build up to the game and get the confirmed team news. 

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