Arsenal secured a 2-1 home victory against Manchester City, strengthening their hold on second place. The match consisted of quality goals, defensive errors and missed opportunities. Gunners have much to rejoice but here are five revelations from the game.
Theo Walcott can be world-class
With his 33rd minute goal, not only did he put Arsenal in the lead, the Englishman showed he possesses the skills to become one of the best strikers in the world. The way he controlled the ball and curled it over defenders and past Joe Hart confirms his brilliance as a striker.
Mesut Ozil is Arsenal’s life-line
Both Arsenal goals were Ozil’s contribution. With 15 assists in 16 Premier League appearances the German international has shown how vital he is to Arsenal’s title bid this season. The Gunners were without Santi Cazorla and Alexis Sanchez, but the 27 year old never once, made it feel like they were missing in a such a crucial match of the season.
Yaya Toure can surprise and be casual about it
It appeared as if it was all over for Manchester City with the clock hitting 82nd minute mark and Arsenal still in the lead with a 2-0 score line, when Yaya Toure casually curled the ball into the top corner for a goal. Toure’s shot was too sudden for Peter Cech who didn’t even get the chance to attempt and save it.
Arsenal’s defence can still falter
Despite a confident start, Toure’s goal made the entire Arsenal’s defence nervous. From confident passing to giving unnecessary corners, Gunners had a sudden change in composure in the final minutes of the match. Credit must be given to City for finally stepping their game but this shows that Gunners need to be more resilient and stay focused despite conceding a goal.
Gunners are serious title contenders
The home side gave an impressive performance throughout, and showed they have the capability of winning against tough opponents. These three crucial points might help them gain top place when Premier League returns to action after Christmas.