2018/2019 English Premier League
  • Raheem Sterling (14')
  • Bernardo Silva (64')

Man City's Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva spoil Unai Emery's Premier League debut

Manchester City, who romped to Premier League success by 19 points last season, began the defence of their title with a 2-0 win away against Arsenal and new manager Unai Emery on Sunday.

Attempting to become the first team since Manchester United in 2009 to retain the title, City were lifted by goals from Raheem Stirling and Bernardo Silva.

Sterling turned past two challengers to put City ahead in the 14th minute with his 50th Premier League goal.

Soon after debutant Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City was substituted, Bernardo Silva added the second in the 65th minute.

Defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos and midfielder Matteo Guendouzi made their Arsenal debuts, but like so many teams last season, they found City hard to cope with.

Another new signing, Stephan Lichtsteiner from Juventus, had to replace full-back Ainsley Maitland-Niles in the 37th minute because of injury, and in the second half, Lucas Torreira, who is expected to become an important defensive midfielder, also came on.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who finished last season with four goals in three games, had few chances and Alexandre Lacazette wasted one within a few minutes of coming on in the second half.

City's strength in depth was illustrated when Mahrez made way for Kevin de Bruyne just before the hour mark.

Soon afterward, Sergio Aguero was guilty of shooting instead of playing in De Bruyne, but in the next attack, Benjamin Mendy, making his first league start since September, set up Bernardo Silva to score.

City have now lost only one away game in the league -- at Liverpool -- of their last 21 and extended their run of winning every Premier League opener since 2008.

"I think we were better than them today," Bernardo Silva told Sky Sports. "We wanted to be professional and we did it. We defended very well and were a very compact team."

Emery, meanwhile, will know he has much to do, even before a difficult derby with Chelsea next weekend.

English Premier League Standings

1 Liverpool 29 +45 82
2 Manchester City 28 +37 57
3 Leicester City 29 +30 53
4 Chelsea 29 +12 48
5 Manchester United 29 +14 45
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 29 +7 43
7 Sheffield United 28 +5 43
8 Tottenham Hotspur 29 +7 41
9 Arsenal 28 +4 40
10 Burnley 29 -6 39
11 Crystal Palace 29 -6 39
12 Everton 29 -9 37
13 Newcastle United 29 -16 35
14 Southampton 29 -17 34
15 Brighton & Hove Albion 29 -8 29
16 West Ham United 29 -15 27
17 Watford 29 -17 27
18 AFC Bournemouth 29 -18 27
19 Aston Villa 28 -22 25
20 Norwich City 29 -27 21