No English team has successfully defended the Premier League title since 2009 but Manchester City on Sunday showed they can give a good try this season.
Pep Guardiola’s men got their Premier League title defense off to a winning start courtesy of a comfortable 2-0 victory over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
Goals from Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva earned the champions all three points in the final match of the opening weekend.
The result condemns Unai Emery to defeat in his first game in charge of Arsenal in the process.
The Gunners struggled to match their visitors for long stages of the contest, although City themselves were not at their scintillating best.
Nigeria international Alex Iwobi was rooted to the bench all through the Super Sunday clash and many will hope that it would not be the case consistently under the new manager with Arsene Wenger’s exit.
Having gotten off to a bright start, City will now go into a run of games which sees them face all three of the newly-promoted clubs in the space of five matches. Arsenal, on the other hand, have an away contest against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in their next outing.