Manchester City's Bernardo Silva celebrates with teammate Benjamin Mendy, right, after scoring his side's second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Manchester City at the Emirates stadium in London, England, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018. I'm not sure Danny Welbeck at left-back was quite the change they expected when Emery was announced as their new manager but hey, needs must.
Crucial to this game's outcome is how Emery approaches his first game.
The champions only made one signing to add to the squad that won the league by 19 points last term and Mahrez starts in place of Leroy Sane in City's frontline. As for Arsenal, there wasn't much creativity and Mesut Ozil was had a horrendous day.
Aaron Ramsey is an injury doubt but could start, and against such a creative opposition Emery may push Granit Xhaka into a slightly more advanced role to the left of a 4-3-3. If not, Aubameyang is likely to start from the left flank, although he may the lead the line here. A viewing of last week's Community Shield might have dampened that slightly; City were superb against Chelsea and that was with Kevin De Bruyne, among others, still to return.
Following tireless performances at Russian Federation 2018 let down by errant finishing, Sterling will have taken great satisfaction in launching City's bid for back-to-back titles with his 50th Premier League goal.
Yeah, those Idris Elba as James Bond rumours were all made up
But before fans go overboard, Elba posted another tweet a few hours later saying, "Don't believe the HYPE". Daniel Craig's next Bond film is slated to release in 2019 and the film will be directed by Danny Boyle.
Having spent the dying embers of Wenger's reign subjecting the Frenchman to vitriolic abuse, Arsenal's fans were energised by the sight of Emery on the touchline.
Emery's men struggled to break down a typically solid City back four, which possessed the new centre-back partnership of Laporte and John Stones.
It was worth noting that Arsenal were largely wasteful in their counterattacking attempts as a lot of chances went to waste because of poor execution in the final third. Ederson, meanwhile, has a very long kick he's not afraid to showcase, despite City's focus on possession.
The Brazilian will be a definite starter for the Sunday " s game against Arsenal. 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.
Arsenal were handed a hard start to the season when they hosted Manchester City on the opening weekend of the Premier League campaign.