LONDON – If you can't beat them, hire them. Perhaps Arsenal provided a twist on a familiar phrase. They were predictably and emphatically dismantled by Manchester City in December. In the week after that 3-0 setback, they confirmed Mikel Arteta as their new manager.
So Pep Guardiola's old assistant faces his mentor in a delayed reunion that is a barometer of progress. Arsenal boast the Premier League's only unbeaten record in 2020, though reaching June undefeated would have been more impressive without a three-month hiatus.