Manchester City’s midfield duke was sublime while Arsenal’s David Luiz had a night to forget at the Etihad

Welcome back then, English football. Sport in the time of plague: this was never an easy prospect. In the event the Premier League’s live return was jarring, dream-like and lodged at all times on the spectrum between startlingly odd and startlingly everyday. Some things were reassuringly the same. Grass remains green. The ball is still round. And Mesut Özil didn’t turn up. Literally so on this occasion: Özil was left out of Arsenal’s matchday squad for the trip to Manchester City.

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