Football returned to England but Arsenal remained the same as they succumbed to a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester City away at the Etihad stadium.
Raheem Sterling, Kevin de Bruyne and Phil Foden were the scorers for the Citizens, who were by far the superior of the two teams.
The Gunners began the game well and rode a considerable storm in the first half, despite injuries to Pablo Mari and Granit Xhaka.
Then, right at the end of the first half, David Luiz made a hash of a simple clearance, allowing Sterling to run in behind and score.
If that was not enough, the aforementioned defender was caught on the wrong side of Riyad Mahrez early on in the second half and brought the latter down inside the box. A penalty and a red card were given to end a horror return to action for the Brazil international.
De Bruyne converted the penalty to make it 2-0. Thereafter, it was just a formality, with City adding the third goal in second-half stoppage time through Foden after some lovely football saw them cut through the Arsenal defence.
All in all, a disappointment night out for the Gunners.
Here’s how we rated the players:
Bernd Leno - 8
Made some smart stops to keep the game level until Luiz came and let him, and everyone else, down.
The German once again showed why he is in shout to become Arsenal’s best player of this season.
Hector Bellerin - 6
A reserved performance from Bellerin, who was more wary of Sterling’s threat rather than making his way forward. Did well at the back.
Shkodran Mustafi - 6
Mustafi had a decent first half, where he kept Gabriel Jesus quiet.
However, all the good work was undone by Luiz.
The German did well after the break as well, but not to much effect.
Pablo Mari - 4
Mari had a sketchy start to the game. His swipe at Sterling after getting caught was an indication of that.
The defender didn’t last long though as he picked up a muscle injury after losing a race against Kyle Walker.
Kieran Tierney - 5
The returning Scotsman had a decent game at the back, but he offered nothing going in the other direction.
He looked leggy and looks like he will need a lot more match practice to get back into his best shape.
Granit Xhaka - N/A
Xhaka barely lasted few minutes after the kick-off when he collided with Matteo Guendouzi and had to come off injured.
Matteo Guendouzi - 5
Other than his inadvertent incident with Xhaka, Guendouzi did well in midfield without the ball.
However, he should have done more in possession to help the team out in transition.
Bukayo Saka - 4
A quiet game from the youngster, who just didn’t seem up to his paces.
Watching him get caught offside time and time again was very frustrating too.
Joe Willock - 5
Replacing Mesut Ozil as an attacking midfielder for this game, Willock showed great attitude to work hard for the team.
However, he was not very good in terms of linking play up and showing himself to receive a pass tougher situations.
Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang - 5
The captain ran down the left wing for the team, but was kept away from the goal by the City defenders.
Arteta must find a way to get his captain to become a goal threat in every game.
Eddie Nketiah - 4
An offside flag spared his blushes when he had a chance to score from close range and he missed it.
Other than that, the youngster worked hard but didn’t have that quality in the final third.
(SUB) Dani Ceballos - 5
Came on for Xhaka early on and worked hard to try and keep City at bay.
His possession play was ordinary though, meaning Arsenal had nobody to take command of the ball in midfield.
(SUB) David Luiz - 0
Came on after the 25th minute and had a horrid time on the pitch.
His mistakes allowed City to score their first and second goals. What’s more, the Brazilian got himself sent off after a stupid challenge on Mahrez in the box for the penalty.
(SUB) Reiss Nelson - 6
Came on and did well in the last 20 minutes of the game.
He is certainly pushing for a regular place in starting XI now.
Alexandre Lacazette - 6
Came on in the second half and showed bits of what he has always been capable of.
Wouldn’t be surprised to see him lead the line in the next Arsenal game.
(SUB) Ainsley Maitland-Niles - 5
Came on and was slotted into his favourite midfield position. However, the youngster couldn’t do much to impact the game as City were dominant throughout.