Well there you have it folks. After an impressive start to the season from Unai Emery’s Arsenal, we now know exactly where the Spaniard’s Gunners revolution stands.
There has been clear improvement from last season, with two wins to start the campaign and just one goal conceded, but the trip to Anfield was always going to be telling.
The 3-1 defeat revealed exactly how big the chasm still is between the teams chasing the top-four and the teams chasing the title, after Liverpool and Manchester City finished 25 and 26 points clear of the chasing pack last term.
The Gunners were left in the dust by Mohamed Salah in particular in the second half of Saturday’s defeat, and this image of the Egyptian prancing off after slotting his second past Bernd Leno perfectly sums up the evening on Merseyside.
The difference in emotion between Leno and Salah couldn’t be any clearer, and perfectly captures the tale of Saturday’s clash.
Emery’s side were outworked and outclassed by the European champions, who once again stamped their authority on a ‘big six’ rival and reminded us all that this season could very well be another two-horse race.