LONDON: Former England team-mates Danny Welbeck and Frank Lampard were given debuts by their respective new clubs as Arsenal hosted champions Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday.
Welbeck, a #16 million ($26.6 million, 20.2 million Euros) signing from Manchester United on transfer deadline day, came into the Arsenal team, while Aaron Ramsey was able to start after overcoming an ankle problem.
Former Chelsea midfielder Lampard, who retired from international football last month, replaced Yaya Toure in the starting XI selected by City manager Manuel Pellegrini.
French right-back Bacary Sagna, who left Arsenal for City during the close season, was named on the bench.
The match at the Emirates Stadium is a rematch of last month’s Community Shield, which saw FA Cup holders Arsenal beat league champions City 3-0 at Wembley.