Of course, there’s a very feint chance Arsenal may yet get the title, with 115 charges levelled at the state-funded carbon fuelled Manchester club. But like in the Premier League, Man City have access to virtually unlimited funds – more…

Shakhtar Donetsk’s rising star Mykhaylo Mudryk could have upset the apple cart at the Emirates, bust the wage structure and transfer budget, unbalanced the side and stunted Gabriel Martinelli’s development. Exciting to see the Ukrainian dart down the left wing at…

Granit Xhaka has achieved half a redemption, by being given a vice captain role, along with Gabriel Jesus to help club captain Martin Odegaard. Mikel Arteta said in April on the Palace debacle. “I didn’t want to see him leave…

There was a buoyancy to the Emirates, fuelled by the good pre-season, fine window to date and the Palace result. The raucous atmosphere helped see Arsenal over the line. Same eleven as at Palace. Zinchenko preferred to Tierney on the…

Arsenal never looked like winning this. Tiredness – both mental and physical along with injuries took their toll pre-match. And again, reserve defenders weren’t up to it. The first crucial goal came from a Tavares (in for Tierney) foul throw…