For Arsenal, ignominy is following indignity, misery stemming from the wrong sort of history. Their worst start to a season for 67 years leaves them pointless and goalless, hapless and rudderless, rooted in the relegation zone and seemingly stumbling into crisis. Europe’s biggest spenders this summer were eviscerated by a team who proved unable to pay any of their millions for Harry Kane or Cristiano Ronaldo and needed neither.

Overpowered by Romelu Lukaku last week, Arsenal were crushed by what had appeared Manchester City’s second-string attackers, Gabriel Jesus and Ferran Torres. Pep Guardiola’s first unchanged Premier League team since 2017 strengthened his argument that he is happy with the squad at his disposal.

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