Arsenal vs City: 3 talking points

Arsenal look well-placed for title charge

The Gunners won this clash with a display that combined attacking ruthlessness with defensive discipline, and a little bit of luck in those final frantic stages after Yaya Toure had pulled one back for Manchester City.

Arsene Wenger's side now sit two points behind Leicester and will fancy picking up points in their next four games - against Southampton, Bournemouth, Newcastle and Sunderland. If they do so, Arsenal should be in pole position when they go head-to-head with the Foxes at the Emirates on Feb 13.


City are shaky in defence and blunt up front

For City the sense of deja vu must have been inescapable - Toure failing to cover ground and press the opposition, and Eliaquim Mangala toiled in the absence of captain Vincent Kompany.

They could also do with Sergio Aguero getting up to speed as quickly as possible. The Argentinian played for 63 minutes on his return from a heel injury and looked rusty.

City looked absurdly blunt for a club of their resources and were on course to make it four straight away league matches without a goal before Toure's sublime side- footed finish.


Ramsey shows appetite for dirty work in centre

"He comes alive when he plays through the middle." So said Wenger of Aaron Ramsey in his programme notes and there is no doubt the Welshman is enjoying his time in the centre of midfield. The major concern is his lack of defensive discipline but here he rarely strayed far from Mathieu Flamini's side when City were on the prowl.

When Arsenal had possession, the 24-year-old was able to get forward, surging into the area to force a fine block from Joe Hart. It was another more-than-encouraging central display by Ramsey.

THE GUARDIAN

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 23, 2015, with the headline 'Arsenal vs City: 3 talking points'. Print Edition | Subscribe