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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud

City have goals aplenty in their locker, from all over the pitch and on the bench, whichever formation Pep Guardiola lines up with. But the moment they did it was ruthless as striker Aguero converted 20 minutes from time.

With deals for Alexis Sanchez and Kylian Mbappé looking less than likely right now, could City bosses have reallocated the remaining transfer funds to other areas?

Before the game Guardiola spoke cryptically about not always playing Aguero and Jesus up front but on Saturday he gave Brighton the full double blast, which paid off - eventually. "If we win we are going to be at the top of the table or close to it as we begin our fight for the Premier League trophy." . What's more, Manchester City won the possession battle shockingly heavily, taking 76 percent of the ball in the first half.

However, it was a brief respite in City's continual attacking.

Fuelled by an historically lavish spending spree, the Premier League returns on Friday when Arsenal host Leicester in the opening game of the hotly-anticipated new season.

The only club who avoided that fate are the Bolton Wanderers.

Brighton and Hove Albion's last home game in the top division of English football was against City in 1983.

Facing City provided some symmetry for Brighton.

However, while Distin supports the signing of players with league familiarity, like Kyle Walker, he admits you never know how long it takes new arrivals to adapt to the Premier League style.

De Bruyne's probing nearly paid off in the 27th minute when a measured ball over Brighton's defence was bundled in by Jesus, but referee Michael Olivier spotted the Brazilian's hand making the crucial final touch and the goal was ruled out. Ryan got down well to parry, but it seemed that Jesus must score from the rebound.

Brighton made rare forays into City's half and had one good chance as the interval approached.

Fernandinho's pass was centred by David Silva, who had run by an offside Aguero, and Gabriel Jesus netted, but the strike was ruled out.

But City had no excuses a minute later when Duffy's awful back-pass sent Aguero through.

Sergio Aguero 8 - Fluffed a golden chance when he was curiously off-target but showed his killer instinct by making the most of his second.

Though Brighton continued trying to counter when possible, the opportunities weren't there.

Ederson flapped at another corner and Propper blasted a 25-yard effort wide.

And Guardiola revealed he was more than happy with the way City were shaping up ahead of the trip to face Chris Hughton's newly-promoted side at the Amex Stadium - especially given the fact he has a fully-fit squad to choose from.

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