It is surely still too early, with the leaves falling from the trees and fireworks lighting the sky, to think nothing can possibly go wrong for Pep Guardiola’s freewheeling side and assume this season’s Premier League title will be a procession. But it certainly feels like a strong possibility when Manchester City are playing this way, the goals are flying in from every angle and they are on course to smash just about every scoring record in history.
Arsenal did manage to bring down City’s almost implausible goals-per-game ratio a touch – now a mere 38 goals from 11 league fixtures – but this still registered as another thoroughly demoralising experience for Arsène Wenger’s side and a stark reminder of how far they have slipped behind. This is the first time since 1981 Arsenal have lost four of their first six away games. It leaves them sixth in the league, 12 points from the top, and it could conceivably have been an even more painful ordeal had their opponents been more ruthless during several long spells of near-complete superiority.