City Begin Title Defence with Win at Arsenal, Liverpool Shred West Ham

Manchester City began their Premier League title defence with a controlled 2-0 victory over an Arsenal side playing their first competitive game without Arsene Wenger in 22 years.

England striker Raheem Sterling put City ahead in the 14th minute when he collected a Benjamin Mendy pass on the corner of the box, glided past two players and rifled home from 20 yards.

Summer signing Riyad Mahrez went close to scoring on his league debut for City when his free-kick was saved by Petr Cech, who got up in time to deny Aymeric Laporte on the rebound.

Unai Emery’s men carved out few clear-cut chances – with Hector Bellerin forcing a save from Ederson before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and substitute Alexandre Lacazette shot wide from outside the box.

City were pressed harder in the second-half after a number of attacking substitutions from Emery, but the game was killed off when Bernardo Silva blasted into the corner after a cutback from Mendy.

Earlier goals from Mo Salah, Sadio Mane – who got a brace – and Daniel Sturridge gave Liverpool a 4-0 win over West Ham at Anfield.

The victory takes the Reds to the top of the log after the opening matchday as Jurgen Klopp’s men look to break a 28-year title drought.

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