The match is scheduled to get underway at 17h00.
Whether it's the sort of dawn that brings long, sultry days on a tropical beach or the kind that beckons persistent stair-road degrees of shower is moot, but everything really has changed and today we'll get our first competitive taste of how the Gunners might fare under Arsene Wenger Unai Emery.
Despite their bright start, Arsenal fell behind - Cech failed to cover himself in glory as Sterling opened the scoring a long-range strike that appeared to flash past the unsighted Gunners captain and put City ahead. Bosnian Sead Kolasinac is out for two months with a knee injury and Nacho Monreal isn't yet match fit.
Emery has clearly placed a big emphasis upon playing out from defence, but goalkeeper Petr Cech - slightly surprisingly preferred over newcomer Bernd Leno - looked consistently nervous at goal kicks, at one point hopelessly scuffing a simple pass backwards, nearly into his own net.
After finishing outside of the Champions League places for consecutive seasons, the pressure is on Arsenal and Emery this season, but in Aubameyang he has a striker capable of terrorising even the most organised of defences. "We are satisfied for many, many reasons", Guardiola told Sky Sports.
Just moments later the points were secured as Benjamin Mendy's cut-back was turned home brilliantly by Bernardo, with substitute Kevin De Bruyne's last-gasp strike tipped over the crossbar. We have a lot of players with a lack of condition but we are more than two seasons together and know what to do.
Another new signing who could play a key role for Arsenal this weekend is former Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis.
Forward Riyad Mahrez could make his league debut for the club following his £60million summer move from Leicester. We were the best last season, definitely, there is no doubt about it.
Arsenal's Pierre-emerick Aubameyang will be eager to make his mark against Manchester City. If Arsenal play a defensively tight game, then they have the individual quality in them to stop Manchester City from winning, but based on merit, City will take the win at the Emirates. Not only are Manchester City the title-holders, but they are still unquestionably the team to beat this season.