Manchester City made it a winning return to Premier League action on a night Arsenal defender David Luiz will want to forget in a hurry.
Luiz was introduced as a first-half substitute but it was his mistake that allowed Raheem Sterling to open the scoring before the Brazilian was later shown a straight red for fouling Riyad Mahrez in the box.
Just as the half looked set to end goalless, Sterling seized on Arsenal substitute Luiz's inability to deal with a Kevin De Bruyne pass and lashed home from close range before wheeling off and celebrating with his team-mates.
In the second half, Mahrez's pace unsettled Luiz and the defender's attempt to slow the winger led to a foul, with referee Anthony Taylor pointing to the spot and brandishing a red card.
De Bruyne made no mistake from the spot before Phil Foden made sure of the three points with a late third.
Here are how the players rated…
Manchester City (4-3-3)
Had little to do and was like an extra attacker with his excellent long passes.
Was a useful attacking outlet for City down his right flank.
The teenager Spaniard struggled at times up against the pace of Nketiah. Taken off on a stretcher late on after a sickening collision with his own goalkeeper.
Was composed and showed why he is the cornerstone of City’s defence.
Was bright on the left side of City’s defence and got forward well.
D Silva 7
Eased himself into the game and was denied the opener by Leno.
Helped pull the strings for City in the middle of the park as they took control.
De Bruyne 7 (MOTM)
Created a great chance for Sterling before he converted a penalty for the second.
Was a threat on the left and won the penalty against Luiz for the second.
Started ahead of Aguero and was a handful for the Arsenal defence.
Missed a fine chance before he lashed home to register his first goal of 2020.
B Silva (Mahrez 65 6), Foden (D Silva 65 6), Fernandinho (De Bruyne 69 6), Rodri (Laporte 69 6), Aguero (Jesus 80)
Saved from Silva and Mahrez as he denied City single-handed before Sterling’s opener.
Made little impression on the right and had a tough time against Mahrez.
Injured when he appeared to pull his hamstring as he closed down a City attack.
Was clattered by Sterling and could not stem the flow of City’s attacks.
The Scot did not enjoy a great evening up against the rampaging Sterling.
Lasted just seven minutes before he hurt his right ankle and was forced off.
Could not make any real impact in midfield up against City’s classy trio.
Showed little of his attacking abilities and was easily snuffed out.
Arteta has faith in the youngster, but this was not his night.
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His wait for his 50th Premier League goal goes on and he was anonymous.
Looked dangerous early on with his pace through the middle before he faded.
Ceballos (Xhaka 7 6), Luiz (Mari 23 3), Lacazette (Nketiah 67 5), Maitland-Niles (Guendouzi 67 5), Nelson (Willock 67 5)
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