Playmaker Kevin de Bruyne and striker Gabriel Jesus were also on the bench following their World Cup exploits with Belgium and Brazil respectively, an ominous warning to the rest of the division of the depth of superstars vying for a place in City's record-breaking squad.
"Emery has had longer with his team than anyone else - they've largely all been together for the whole of pre-season - and they could potentially cause an upset against City on day one". "But he knows, and his agent knows, we like him and want him a lot". Cech fumbles Mahrez's vicious free-kick but he gathers himself quickly to block the rebound from Laporte.
Forward Riyad Mahrez could make his league debut for the club following his £60million summer move from Leicester.
"You have to say it though, they were outclassed in every department today". The defender will be out until the end of the year.
The Frenchman was involved in one of his side's more awkward moments midway through the first half, though.
Arsenal still looked anxious and Cech nearly scored a freaky own goal when his miscued pass across the penalty area crept wide of his unguarded net. City's left-back missed nearly the entirety of last season through injury, and his overlapping will bring an extra dimension to City's attacking play.
The German should be flanked by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the left and Henrikh Mkhitaryan on the right. He nearly delivered with his first touch, but his volley flashed wide of the upright.
New Arsenal goalkeeper, Bernd Leno could get the nod over Petr Cech for Arsenal's opener against Manchester City. Just moments after Sergio Aguero had an effort saved when through on goal, they added a second.
If it's a 4-3-3 Ozil will play from the right, although won't relish the prospect of tracking back with Benjamin Mendy.
Lacazette and Ozil both had late strikes correctly disallowed for offside, and there is enough to suggest that this Arsenal side will improve. He was a bit steadier against City, and one of the few members of the defence who looked comfortable with the short-passing approach.
And that's exactly why it is so widely expected that Guardiola's men will once again pip everyone else to the Premier League title. It will be interesting to see if he can replicate last season's form.
Raheem Sterling at Manchester City under Guardiola has just been fantastic.