Manchester City rarely looked troubled by Arsenal as the champions opened their Premier League title defence with a 2-0 victory on Sunday. In Arsenal's new era with Unai Emery taking over as manager for the Gunners after Arsene Wenger's 21-year reign, the North London side opened their campaign with a loss.
Raheem Sterling cut through the defence with ease before putting City ahead in the 14th minute, and Bernardo Silva curled in the second in the 64th at the Emirates Stadium.
It was the first time since 1996 that Arsenal has opened a season without Wenger in charge. The "Merci Arsene" banner was the only indication that it has been a summer of transition at the north London club since Wenger was pushed toward resigning after 22 years in charge.
Catching City isn't the immediate target for the Gunners, who last won the title in 2004. It's just about returning to the top four — to qualify for the Champions League — after slumping to sixth in Wenger's final campaign.
Emery now has a clear sense of the task he faces, throwing his arms in the air in frustration as the goals were conceded.
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.
Salah, Mane back in action for Liverpool
Mohamed Salah set Liverpool on its way to a 4-0 victory over West Ham in an assertive start to the Premier League season by Juergen Klopp's side.
The Egypt forward scored 44 times in his first season at Liverpool and took only 19 minutes to get off the mark at Anfield.
Sadio Mane netted in first-half stoppage time and eight minutes after the break. Daniel Sturridge converted his first touch after coming on as a late substitute.
(With AP Inputs)