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Still Strong And Fit! Man City Thump Arsenal 2 – 0

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Manchester City got their Premier League title defence off to a winning start with a deserved victory over an Arsenal side playing their first competitive game without since 1996.

put City ahead in the 14th minute when he got the ball on the corner of the box, cut beyond two players and rifled home from 20 yards.

went close to scoring on his league debut for City when his free-kick was saved by , who denied Aymeric Laporte from the follow-up.

It was always going to be a tough first game for at Arsenal and they had few clear-cut chances – with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and substitute shooting wide from outside the box.

City were brilliant in parts – and controlled in others – and killed off the game when Benjamin Mendy, who assisted both goals, pulled the ball for Bernardo Silva to blast in a second.

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