While it took over 135 minutes of play to see the first goal across the two games at Villa Park and the Etihad, there was still plenty of controversy and talking points to make fans realise just how much we missed the beautiful game.
The games will only begin to ramp up now with the Premier League season back in full flow. Here, Sportsmail will bring you all the updates ahead of an action-packed weekend in the Premier League.
Jamie Carragher also pulled no punches in his assessment of Arsenal
Arsenal are simply ‘not good enough’, says Jamie Carragher after the Gunners fell to a 3-0 defeat at the Etihad.
Carragher then landed a knockout blow by insisting that he ‘didn’t expect anything different’ because Arsenal have been on a downward trajectory over the past 10 years.
Gary Neville left baffled by Arsenal’s travel plans
While football has entered an unprecedented time in recent months, the decision-making at Arsenal has left many scratching their heads.
Gary Neville questioned the absurdity of the Gunners’ travel plans before their clash with Manchester City, that saw them fly to the north west of England just THREE HOURS before kick-off.
Neville ‘staggered’ by Arsenal’s call to travel to Manchester so lateMikel Arteta’s squad reportedly enjoyed a pre-match meal at Stansted Airport before flying up north at around 5pm in horrific weather conditions to take on Pep Guardiola’s side.
But what does Sportsmail’s resident referee make of it?
It was clear VAR should have intervened, writes MARK CLATTENBURG.
However, as a referee, you’re told the technology is full-proof but this apparently isn’t the case. ‘VAR was brought in to stop the scandal, but this is a scandalous situation,’ Clattenburg says.