The striker scored ten goals in thirteen appearances after he joined Arsenal on the last day of the January transfer window and Unai Emery has tipped the 29-year-old to be a contender for the Premier League Golden Boot this year.
Arsenal supporters had been in excited mood ahead of Unai Emery's first Premier League game in charge, but for all the optimism which preceded it, the new era began with a defeat which showed the size of the task facing the new head coach. Guardiola's side looked unstoppable for the first half an hour but then took their foot off the gas and allowed Arsenal back into it, although they won at a canter. He lashed one first-half shot wide, but generally struggled to get into the game. Not only are Manchester City the title-holders, but they are still unquestionably the team to beat this season.
The hosts improved as the game wore on but offered little threat to the goal of Ederson while City were opening up their hosts at will.
The France global missed most of last season with an injury and Guardiola admitted his return is still a work in progress.
"It's clear today Manchester City was demanding our best performance, and today we [can see] we have to continue working, but I am happy with the players because they run, they fight". Perhaps we'll see more from him when Lucas Torreira is installed as his regular partner.
The fans are definitely much more confident for the start of the new campaign and perhaps Emery has given the same boost to the players.
"We'll do our effort to make him feel we count on him". Emery, even if successful in the long-term, will probably take time to assert himself at a club used to only one man for 22 years. We wanted to be professional, to make it serious like last season and we did it.