You’d have to go back to the Bernabeu nearly a decade ago to see the last time 11 Arsenal footballers played so well against a great team at their backyard, but even this City team was bigger, dare I say.
Three points, won on the doggedness and amazing grit from the posts through every single shade of grass at the Etihad.
Sorry, but you may think some of these are over-ratings.
Had a field day and never had much work to do. After the conditions of his first two games, the Colombian must be biting himself now if he ever hesitated to sign for one moment.
Chosen over Chambers perhaps for his pace and absolutely justified it. Unreal grit from the youngster, made Clichy look like a teething toddler.
Absolute no nonsense performance from the BFG today; he even beat two City men with one swivel!
Showed why Wenger does not believe Henry for singling Alexis out as the best signing in the last 6 years. How does Mamadou Sakho start ahead of him in that French team anyway?
Went some distance to repay his horror show in this fixture last season and did well to win the pen. Was good on Navas today.
Fortunes change so quickly in life and with this sort of performance – that scream! – it will never be the same again for Coquelin. Bring on the new contract!
His energy was needed to meet up with the physicality of City’s Fernan-pair. Hope he’s not going off again.
Cazorla: 9.5 (MOTM)
What a player! he’s played 4657785 in a row now and doesn’t look a bit scratched. Ozil applauded his penalty goal from the bench, and may have to do that for a little while more.
Oxlade-Chamberlain: 6 (FOTM)
A bit disappointing from the Ox today, was the weakest on the pitch. someone has to tell him he doesn’t have to take off whenever he gets the ball. Still the “workerholic” as always.
Didn’t get going on time but was still indirectly involved in both goals. He’ll have better big games.
Bullied every single City defender today, immense.
You don’t find his type this days, and we’d love to keep him a little more.
Wenger: “Just beat a man and tee Giroud up…” Flamini: “Sorry, that’s too much to ask”.
Outstanding show off of pace against Aguero and Zabaleta.
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