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At the time we did not realize it, but Arsenal 0, West Ham 2 on the opening day of the season was a sign of things to come for both clubs.

Arsenal, we had mistakenly believed, would push on from being a serial third- or fourth-place finisher, and make a realistic title challenge. West Ham would . . . well, be West Ham, ending up mid-table despite the arrival of Slaven Bilic as Sam Allardyce’s successor.

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