To coin a phrase, 391 days is a long time in football. When Manchester City last met Arsenal, pilfering a 2-1 win at the Emirates on New Year’s Day 2022, the landscape of English football was exceedingly different. Manchester City were the runaway leaders and Arsenal were brawling, ultimately in vain, for fourth place.
Thirteen months is an unusually long time for two big teams to go without playing each other. In that time, and particularly since Arsenal’s flying start to the season, anticipation has…