Arsenal's Win Over Manchester City Vital For Season Ahead
We came, we saw, we conquered!
Yes, perhaps with a little helping hand thanks to City going down to 10 men after five minutes, but a job was still to be done. The 3-0 victory over the moneybags men of Manchester should create and galvanise confidence amongst Arsenal in the coming weeks.
Although Arsenal did leave some gaps at the back (Vermaelen is still a massive loss), the clean sheet should do wonders for the defensive unit. Lukasz Fabianski flapped at a cross or two but overall looked confident in goals. His point blank save from Emmanuel Adebayor was brilliant, even if it counted for nothing as the Togo man was already offside (surprise! surprise!).
Once again, Samir Nasri was immense in midfield. He defended, he linked play, he assisted and he scored - hard to ask for anymore from the young Frenchman. He was hailed as a massive signing when he came, but for the first two seasons his performances were indifferent, where he was particularly out of form away from the Emirates. Now, we see why Wenger splashed out so much money for him by his accounts. Nasri has turned into a real leader at Arsenal, and is willing to take a game by the scruff of the neck.
It was also a good sight to see Nicklas Bendtner back in the Arsenal colours. Not alone was he back, but he came back scoring with a fine finish. The Dane may not be everyone's favourite player, but he has a lot to offer Arsenal and with Robin van Persie constantly injured, and Carlos Vela out of favour, we need all the front men we can get.
So after a tough few weeks, the Gunners move back up to second place, five points behind Chelsea. In the lead up it was heavily reported that Arsenal have not beaten a genuine title contender for some time, well prior to the game on Sunday, City were seen as genuine title contenders. That bad run of form has been struck from the list, now to get rid of the one that says we haven't won a cup for far too long.