A bit like the changing of the seas, some of what Arsenal fans were made to suffer in this curtain-raiser was so easy to predict you could nearly set your watch by it.
Mahrez was inches away from opening his account three minutes before half time when he curled a left-footed effort just past Cech's far post as City continued to dominate, but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's effort nearly brought Arsenal level moments later but his long-distance strike sailed just wide.
Instead, he has told his players to use their form of past year - in which they also set records for most points, wins and goals in the Premier League era - to launch another championship charge.
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Manager Pep Guardiola will have Benjamin Mendy available for selection after the full-back missed a large portion of last season with an injury.
Man City's domestic success has been well documented over the last few years, while Arsenal have failed to finish in the top four of the EPL in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1996.
"We feel that we could have got something from the game", he said.
Looks like all the big teams are winning on the opening day of the season. This was where we left off last season: electric going forward, but capable of slowing the game down and dominating the ball when necessary.
Aaron Ramsey, playing at the top of the midfield trio, had some bright moments in the early stages but struggled to get on the ball after City's dominance had become established.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's movement was excellent, particularly when drifting right, but he simply wasn't found often enough.
Emery arrives with a good reputation having won the Europa League three times with Sevilla and most recently worked at Paris Saint-Germain.
City's strength in depth was illustrated when Mahrez made way for Kevin de Bruyne just before the hour mark.
"But then we will see on Sunday on the pitch how the team responds against Manchester City". Emery has commented recently that he wants his team to play like City, and he will demand intensity and pressing that was often lacking from his predecessor's teams.
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You don't want to relax after having a season like that, you should be aiming to improve, and I bet he's thinking the same thing. Many are beginning to doubt his reign in charge at Old Trafford after an average pre-season and a lack of transfer activity.
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