Pep Guardiola gets the upper hand over Mikel Arteta thanks to Raheem Sterling after scoring the only goal in Manchester City 1-0 over Arsenal in the Premier League encounter on Saturday night.
The Blues are without Kevin De Bruyne after he returned to Manchester early from Belgium duty, while Gabriel Jesus is also out but Sergio Aguero returns from a long-time injury.
Manchester City, who had won just four points from their first three league games this season, took the lead in the 23rd minute when Sterling swept home the rebound after Bernd Leno kept out Phil Foden’s initial shot.
Arsenal, who made a late change before kick-off with David Luiz replacing the injured Rob Holding, had their chances but Ederson made crucial saves to deny Bukayo Saka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The hosts struggled to kill the game off and the Gunners handed a debut to Deadline Day signing Thomas Partey late on as they searched for an equaliser, but there was no way through for Mikel Arteta’s side as City held on for a confidence-boosting win.
Pep Guardiola’s side, who still have a game in hand, move up to 10th on seven points after a seventh straight Premier League win over Arsenal, while the Gunners stay fifth on nine points.