Unlike the last defense, however, major acquisitions have been made for the side that dominated the top flight last season, with more expected to come.
Pedro was sent off after catching Elneny and Arsenal scored from the resulting free-kick, Kolasinac converting a free header from Xhaka's pass. Germany defender Antonio Rudiger also joined from Roma.
It had been an even contest.
Jose Mourinho is beginning his second season at Old Trafford.
An English football first followed as the 'ABBA' penalty shootout was deployed and the Gunners prevailed 4-1 to extend their winning record at Wembley to nine straight games, including two in penalty shootouts.
But United enters the new campaign having finished in sixth place, 24 points behind champion Chelsea.
Wembley was united in remembrance on Sunday, hoping to raise £1.25million for the victims of the tragedy. He took one touch on his chest and then slipped the ball in.
With the pumped-up physique, smooth skin and carefully sculpted haircut of a Love Island contestant who got booted out in the second week, Sead Kolasinac cuts an unusual figure in the Premier League. Sweden defender Victor Lindelof also joined from Benfica.
"They're going to be tested, 100 percent", he added. But he's healed just enough to start for Conte against Arsenal in the Community Shield on Sunday.
The signings of Mendy's former Monaco teammate, Bernardo Silva, and 19-year-old Brazilian Douglas Luiz have added further talent to City's already loaded attack.
Room has been made for the new recruits by the departures of Nolito, Aleksandar Kolarov, Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna, Jesus Navas and Joe Hart (on loan to West Ham). Decisions will have to be taken, at some stage, on how to deploy a fund that is now so rich, that its aims must fall far wider than those directly affected by this terrible disaster. Wenger has always pursued the slighter, more technical players, who want to play out from the back no matter the risk, players who keep the ball on the floor and look to play neat, attractive football, rather than overpower their way through opponents.
But Everton has reinvested the Lukaku windfall. "The other stuff outside of that is none of our business".
Spanish striker Sandro Ramirez, who is only 21, has been acquired from Malaga to help Rooney replace Lukaku's goals, while first-team regulars Tom Davies (19) and Mason Holgate (20) should continue to only improve.
The performance of the Bosnian earned some high praise from his manager Arsene Wenger.
Mauricio Pochettino's team will be temporary residents at 90,000-seat Wembley Stadium while the redevelopment of its White Hart Lane home is completed.
Chairman Daniel Levy's habit of leaving his recruitment to the last minute will ensure Tottenham fans remain hopeful of additions right up until the transfer window closes on Aug. 31.