Financially and personally the Arsenal hierarchy have invested a great deal in Mikel Arteta. They want it to work. It isn't working.
Ten years to the day after the 8-2 defeat to Manchester United that is still a scar on Arsenal's heart, everything has changed. The manager, the players, the financial landscape. And nothing has changed. Arsenal are brittle, a cadre of good young players guided by inconsistent veterans who have never shown they can lead by example and a manager whose selections don't display the self confidence of old.
The only reason this did not feel like it was going to be a repeat of a decade ago was you couldn't believe Arsenal would score twice. Even the good passages of passing amount to little. Their only chance of note in the first half coming when Ederson directed his blase clearance straight at a pressing Emile Smith Rowe. The young No.10 and Bukayo Saka offered glimpses of creativity but they could hardly do it all themselves. Instead early interplay between those two resulted in the ball coming back to Cedric Soares, who took half a dozen touches, looked around and passed it sideways.
That was how Arsenal attacked in the brief period when they did so and brief it was. A bright flurry early on but between the seventh minute and Granit Xhaka's red card they touched the ball in the City third on just seven occasions.