Assumption that calamity is only just around the corner is perhaps new manager’s most toxic inheritance at Emirates

You can sense trouble brewing for Arsenal the moment they go on the attack. This sounds paradoxical, but once you’ve watched a club like this for long enough reading the early signs of calamity becomes a sort of sixth sense, an almost shamanic instinct, like being able to see tomorrow’s weather in the pattern of a leaf. Perhaps it’s the way Nicolas Pépé retreats indeterminately towards the touchline, killing the momentum stone dead. Or the way Bukayo Saka advances just a few more yards than is probably wise. Perhaps it’s simply the breath of the wind on your cheek. Either way, you just know.

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