There is no let-up in his extreme workload despite an achilles problem that dampened the end to last season still lurking

There was something cute, and apt, and agreeably Deep Arsenal about the fact Bukayo Saka scored the club’s first goal back in the Champions League on Wednesday night, a moment of ceremonial coming-out for this Mikel Arteta iteration, with a slightly bobbled right-foot shot.

The Emirates Stadium was built to house these occasions, finessed and overseen by the great Euro-moderniser Arsène Wenger. Even its design feels like an economist’s idea of a sporting cathedral, with its echoes of the steel and glass mega-structures of the City of London two miles to the south.

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