Petr Cech has been at the Emirates Stadium for the last three years but he has received criticism from the Arsenal fans since 2017 and they thought that their new manager Unai Emery was going to drop the Czech Republican global but got surprised to see him start today's match.
"What do Manchester City do?"
The former PSG manager has confirmed that they had been working in training on Welbeck filling in at that role: "Danny Welbeck is one of the players who has a multi-position possibility", Emery said.
But it took City just over 10 minutes to find the opener, and they were helped by more poor Arsenal defending.
Arsenal started well, pressing and harrying City, but Guardiola's men absorbed the early pressure and eased their way to ascendancy. This was where we left off last season: electric going forward, but capable of slowing the game down and dominating the ball when necessary.
Sterling received the ball on the left, skipped inside past some ineffective tackles from Hector Bellerin and Matteo Gendouzi before the England winger buried the ball past Cech's left for his 50th Premier League goal. I have played in finals when we were excellent and you lose, because the others are good teams as well. What are your thoughts about coming up against the likes of Firmino, Salah and Mané and how do you think you'll do to try and counter them?
The Gunners were far too structured and predictable, nearly robotic as they consistently played short passes out from the back at every opportunity.
However, City pushed back and grabbed a crucial second goal when Bernardo Silva latched onto a cut back before curling one into the top corner.
Arsenal next visit London rivals Chelsea in the league on Saturday. This wasn't their greatest ever performance, but the fact they were so comfortable against a side that would realistically be wanting to challenge them, is paramount of just how good this Manchester City team is. We are very happy.
Pep Guardiola said that. But the purchase of the deep-lying playmaker so important to him at Napoli may have that effect, with Kante pushed into a more attacking role.