Unai Emery will face a potential baptism of fire on Sunday when his new Arsenal team line up against the champions of England who are bidding to retain their Premier League crown.
Manchester City notched 100 points last season and scored 106 goals, with Pep Guardiola urging his squad to remain hungry as the Spaniard sets about trying to establish a legacy at the club.
There are several World Cup stars who are likely to be left out of the squad for Sunday’s trip to north London although the manner of their 2-0 Community Shield win suggests that it might not matter too much.
City were still looking slick without the likes of Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling, with Bernardo Silva impressing in midfield and there was also a bright performance from Phil Foden who set up the opening goal.
Sergio Aguero appears to be in a mean scoring mood and the presence of Benjamin Mendy at left-back offers more cut and thrust down the flanks as Kyle Walker marauds down the right side.
Arsenal finished 37 points behind their opponents last season, with Emery replacing Arsene Wenger and some might regard this as a tough act to follow. Not because the latter was pulling up trees by the time he left but more because the squad had become stale.
Wenger did land Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and he could link up to good effect with Alexandre Lacazette and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, with the north London side looking to adopt a pragmatic style of play against dangerous opponents who won this fixture 3-0 last season.
Manchester City to win @ 11/10 with BetVictor
Manchester City HT FT @ 12/5 with BetVictor