Manchester City were not going to become a bad team over the summer.
Likewise, after just 8 weeks with his players, Unai Emery was never going to turn us into world beaters.
City broke the Premier League points record in 2018/19, and anyone who watched them demolish Chelsea in the Community Shield would have known they had lost none of their superiority over the rest of the Premier League.
At half time, a chap in front of my in the queue for a beer said “why are we letting a team come to our ground and dominate us”. It showed a lack of respect for City, who will probably dominate all 38 league games this season.
Whilst City might have been without Kevin de Bruyne, Vincent Kompany and David Silva, they were still able to put out the world must expensively assembled defence with Kyle Walker costing more than our entire back back 5.
They also added Riyad Mahrez to a collection of brilliant forward players. Leroy Sane spent the entire game warming up – showing he is missed more by his country than his club.
It has to be remembered it too Pep Guardiola 12 months and £500m to build last years Premier League champions, so anyone who expected Emery to turn Arsenal into a side that could compete with City after 8 months and £70million spent perhaps needed to get a reality check.
The game was not a complete disaster, result withstanding, however their were some valid concerns.
Petr Cech was at fault for the first goal and nearly put a 2nd into his own net. I am not really sure why he started above Bernd Leno.
Another to have a predictably poor game was Granit Xhaka, who also had an average World Cup for Switzerland.
Matteo Guendouzi was fantastic, bar a silly error that nearly cost a goal. And Xhaka has to be worried about both the Frenchman’s ability and that if Lucas Torreira. It would not be a surprise to see both move ahead of the Swiss player as the season go’s on.
It was an error strewn game from Arsenal’s point of view, but you could see the players trying hard to play the game in the new managers vision.
We as fans need to give Emery the time to build the club.
Look at Jürgen Klopp at Liverpool; who is starting his 4th season in the Premier League. Liverpool finished 4th last season, their highest finish under the German. He is yet to win anything in England.
Spurs are the same under Mauricio Pochettino. He is also trophyless.
These managers are still being given the benefit of the doubt behind Manchester City.
I did not expect us to turn big champions overnight. Even competing for the title against a City side who won the league by 20 points last season is a big ask.
Playing against City in his opening game, we were never really going to see how Emery has changed the club.
Up next is Chelsea…