LONDON – Manchester City kicked off on Sunday its Premier League title defending run with a 2-0 away win over Arsenal, who played its first competitive match under Spanish coach Unai Emery.
England forward Raheem Sterling opened the scoring just 14 minutes into the game, with a precise right-footed shot at the edge of the area.
In the 64th minute, Portugal’s Bernardo Silva doubled the score with a left-footer from inside the area that got past netminder Petr Cech.
With the Premier League first round concluded, Manchester City sits in the table’s fifth spot on goal differential behind Liverpool, the leader that routed West Ham United 4-0 earlier in the day.
Meanwhile, Arsenal fell to the 15th position, losing its first competitive match under Emery, who succeeded France’s legendary Arsene Wenger.