Arsenal fans booed the removal of Lacazette.
Emery had started the Fulham game without Torreira, his lynchpin, but brought the Uruguayan on for Mustafi at half-time.
The immature Ryan Sessegnon missed two early chances and then Xhaka knocked in an Iwobi cross from the left. He allowed the ball to hit his body and then blasted in a pointblank half-volley.
Second half, Kolasinac supplied another assist, Lacazette converted. Then Mitrovic missed a golden chance when he headed straight at keeper Leno but Kamara made it 2-1 and then
Ramsey came on for Laca and made it 3-1 from a rebound.
And Aubameyang wrapped it up at 4-1
VERDICT: Arsenal cough up far too many chances. There is no visible defensive organisation. During their 22-match unbeaten run they only kept one clean sheet.
When I talk about Arsenal I write about the team in context.
And right now their context is Chelsea, Spurs and Manchester United.
It’s not about how well Arsenal are doing compared to 1989 or 2002 or 2004, its about how well they are playing compared to Pochettino’s Spurs and Sarri’s Chelsea and Solskjaer’s United.
Last night I’d backed Man United/ over 2.5 goals and as the first half dragged on I started moaning and insisting my bet was lost, saying that nobody should ever bet against the wily Rafa Benitez, a master tactician.
As Jamie Carragher was saying it was an end-to-end Newcastle -Man United game, just like 20 years ago, I was saying, “ Think what Rafa could do with good players!”
I was annoyed that there were goals in all the other games. Bournemouth went 2-0 down against Watford then made it 2-2 and suddenly they were 3-2.
The Newcastle game had no goals and none looked likely and at half-time I was so bored and disappointed that I had a cushion fight with Mrs Palmer. She started it, honest.
After 64, sub Lukaku stabbed in after Rashford’s cannonball free-kick bounced just in front of keeper Dubravka.
After 72, when Jonjo Shelvey rammed his studs into Pogba’s thigh,
Jan said, “That’s appalling.”
Seeing the replay, she said, “He should be off for that.”
NOT EVEN A YELLOW CARD!
Then Pogba whacked Shelvey.
“That’s justice,” said the retired teacher.
“You sound like a gangster!” replied the old beatnik.
Tonight’s big game is hard to call.
But I think Liverpool want it more than Man Citeh, that’s why I think they will be 2019 champions. I will know more when I see the starting elevens.
If Kevin De Bruyne doesn’t start, I don’t think City can win.
City are trying to overtake Spurs and Arsenal are trying to overtake Chelsea and it’s an interesting and competitive season in the EPL.
Man City are third behind Spurs but seven points behind Liverpool, so a draw is no use to them.
Man United are flying again and only three points behind Arsenal.
Watch this space…..