Wow! What a game! Few would have predicted an Arsenal win against Manchester City, and the 2-0 scoreline the away team registered at the Etihad Stadium has had a major impact on the title race, the top four hunt and the perception of the Gunners as a team. So what have we taken from this momentous offering? Here are three things…
Given Arsenal’s numerous collapses at the biggest venue last season, not too much was expected of the Gunners heading to the Etihad Stadium. But, Although City bossed possession, the Gunners pulled off a fine away performance in Manchester, soaking up the pressure, holding form and taking their chances.
This is the best I’ve seen Arsenal play in yonks. Disciplined, canny, energetic, explosive and combative.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 18, 2015
This has been an outstanding disciplined performance from Arsenal
— Dan Clifford (@DanCliffordCTFC) January 18, 2015
Once upon a time Vincent Kompany was the best centre-back on the planet. Strong, commanding, fearless and unbeatable on his day, there was very little the Belgian couldn’t do. However, those days seem quite a way away now, with ‘Big Vinny’ struggling to find the form that made him so highly-rated. A clumsy challenge on Monreal gave away the first-half penalty, and prompted some Twitter ‘bantz’
— FootballFanCast.com (@FootballFanCast) January 18, 2015
— Proper Lad (@BallTooHardHenn) January 18, 2015
— Afiq (@Afiqikhwann) January 18, 2015
— +1 (@Im_so_9001) January 18, 2015
Arsenal’s win means that all the major top four candidates picked up maximum points this weekend. Arsenal now sit above Spurs, West Ham and Liverpool, while Southampton and Manchester United occupy the coveted slots behind Chelsea and Man City. With all six in form, the battle could go to the wire…
Arsenal for this top four spot please.
— 5’8 Gawd (@jerryyyKA) January 18, 2015
I thought top four was a cert for us, not anymore. Arsenal more steely, Lfc on a run, saints not going away. Spurs even look decent.
— Neil Fleming (@DixieFlem88) January 18, 2015
With Arsenal and Soton gaining winning momentum i barely think we stand any chance of staying on top four.
— Chinmaya Das (@chin_das) January 18, 2015