After being hit with a £50m fine for failing to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations, Manchester City had a slightly more modest transfer window. Manager Manuel Pellegrini brought in goalkeeper Willy Caballero, right back Bacary Sagna, centre back Eliaquim Mangala and midfielders Fernando and Frank Lampard, and it appeared that the toned down spending had supplemented the squad well after 2-0 and 3-1 wins over Newcastle United and Liverpool respectively to kick off the new season.
However, the 1-0 home defeat to Stoke City was a shock to everyone, and has put some doubt in many people's minds over City's chances of retaining the Premier League title. With Pellegrini focusing on keeping hold of his current players rather than bringing more in, this is mostly the same City side that stole the crown last season - and you can bet that they will bounce back in the coming weeks, starting with Saturday's big clash against Arsenal.
City chose to extend the contracts of Samir Nasri, David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko this summer, with all four tying their futures to the club for years to come - and Bosnian international Dzeko has been speaking about his decision to stay at the Etihad Stadium.
"I am happy at City, the manager believes in me, which is certainly important, and I give my all on the pitch and altogether it means quite a lot to me, because Manchester is a club with great ambitions and I easily decided to stay put," he said.
Having hit 85 goals in 142 games for Wolfsburg, Dzeko arrived in the Premier League with a reputation for goalscoring. His record in England isn't quite as impressive though, though 66 goals in 155 games is far from disappointing. The 28-year-old continues to be underrated by fans and pundits, and whilst the likes of Silva and Aguero take the plaudits in City's attack, Dzeko is a key cog for them and extending his contract was a no-brainer.