Arsenal produced a tactically mature performance, largely nullifying Manchester City’s attacking threats.
Manuel Pellegrini welcomed back Sergio Aguero, who played as the lone striker with David Silva just behind, and captain Vincent Kompany. Samir Nasri was out, while Yaya Toure is at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Arsene Wenger decided against using fit-again Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott, although Aaron Ramsey returned to take the place of Tomas Rosicky. Hector Bellerin and Francis Coquelin were notable starters, while Nacho Monreal got the nod over Kieran Gibbs, and David Ospina continued in goal.
This was a distinctly unArsenal performance – they defended deep and with great compactness, although their attacking in open play was unusually poor. Read more »