Sergio Aguero passed up a hugely presentable chance just before Silva put the result beyond any doubt with 64 minutes gone with a thunderous strike from a Benjamin Mendy cutback, as the Unai Emery era at Arsenal ended in disappointing fashion.
But on the evidence of this game, City look ready to break that trend.
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"Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who started at left-back for Arsenal, is a player I admire a lot".
The Spaniard began his reign as Arsenal manager with a loss as goals from Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva sealed a 2-0 victory for the Premier League champions. "They will show me if they are hungry here - on the green colour".
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Should Emery take note and elect to start Lacazette with Aubameyang, a sluggish Mkhitaryan looks most in danger. "We are a strong team, after that we will see". "We want to give him confidence", stated Emery during his pre-match press conference. Well, in Hazard's absence from the Chelsea starting line up at Huddersfield on Saturday, summer signing Jorginho got the chance to prove he also has nerves of steel.
The second tweet had a video attached of Leno comfortably passing into defence last season and starting a goalscoring move.
The striker scored ten goals in thirteen appearances after he joined Arsenal on the last day of the January transfer window and Unai Emery has tipped the 29-year-old to be a contender for the Premier League Golden Boot this year. "Hopefully we can convince him to be calm and forget the social media!"
"I said to him when he [Welbeck] arrived with us after the holidays, I want the best performance in his career from this player - and to work for that", he said.
"We are delighted with him and would like Raheem to stay", Guardiola said. "But I think here we are going to feel very well". We need to do the process my way.
The Spaniard will need time to reshape the team and, given the warm applause from numerous home fans still in Emirates Stadium by the final whistle, the majority of supporters are encouraged enough to afford it.