There were three minutes left when Arsenal’s fans finally started to head for the exits. They knew that they were watching a lost cause. Chelsea’s supremacy was never in doubt and the worry for Mikel Arteta, a manager who looks increasingly short of inspiration, is that the mood will turn toxic if Arsenal’s slide into mediocrity shows no sign of abating.

Pointless and goalless after their first two games, Arteta’s players must show their manager a response sooner rather than later. Arsenal were comprehensively outplayed by the European champions, who earned victory thanks to a debut goal from Romelu Lukaku and a smashing drive from the excellent Reece James.

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