Manchester City secured a narrow victory over Arsenal in a rather cagey affair on Saturday night as the Sky Blues’ passing play edged out the Gunners’ counter-attacking style.
City drew first blood thanks to Raheem Sterling’s cool finish after Bernd Leno could only palm Phil Foden’s effort into his path.
Neither side were anywhere near their best, and there seemed to be plenty of rust after the international break.
But it was still an entertaining encounter at the Etihad Stadium, nonetheless.
Here are the five main talking points from City’s tight win over Arsenal.
Captain Sterling leads by example
Having been handed the captain’s armband, Raheem Sterling led by example, grabbing the only goal of the game to secure all three points.
The additional duties didn’t appear to affect his performance, as he ran at the Arsenal defence fearlessly in his trademark style
It was organised display from City all in all, and Sterling will certainly be a candidate to take the armband again.
Aguero’s underwhelming return
Sergio Aguero wasn’t expected to be fit to face Arsenal, having been out since June with a serious knee injury.
And maybe it was too soon for the club’s all-time top scorer, who looked off the pace up front for City before he was hooked after just over an hour.
It’s probably just a lack of match practice for Aguero, but the 32-year-old will know he needs to put in better performances to keep his place when his attacking team-mates are fit again.
The master beats the apprentice
Arteta has enjoyed very mixed fortunes against his former employers since taking over at the Gunners, most notably knocking them out of the FA Cup semi-finals last season.
But this time the master beat the apprentice as Guardiola showed Arteta what he still needs to do to turn Arsenal into a title-challenging side.
Seeing these two battle it out will never got old.
Aubameyang’s dry spell continues
The Arsenal captain couldn’t deliver when his side needed him to most this time, as his poor run of form continued.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is without a goal since the opening day win over Fulham, and the Gunners need to find another source of goals when the Gabon international isn’t at the races.
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Silva replaces Silva
The loss of club legend David Silva was bound to hit City fairly hard this year.
But with Kevin de Bruyne out, it was another Silva in Bernardo who played the vital role of controlling the play for City.
The Portuguese did a pretty stellar job in a slightly deeper role too, and his namesake should be proud.