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Before and after every first-team fixture, our MatchDay Show guest and an Arsenal blogger will have their say on the game.
Arsenal took on Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday and our Talking Heads for this game were Dan Roebuck and YW of A Cultured Left Foot.
Read on for their verdict on the Man City game.
DAN ROEBUCK, COMMENTATOR
I thought it was a very good performance in the first half. We should have scored, we should have been in front. Obviously we conceded again, like we did in the Champions League in midweek, but we came back strongly. Everyone did their job, I thought Jenkinson was tremendous. Ramsey tired a little bit later on but he played very well, Mertesacker was outstanding, Koscielny did well and he got the goal. I felt for Podolski because we couldn't get the ball to him but Man City had a plan. You'd have thought the game was at the Emirates because they just sat back and decided to get 10 men behind the ball and make it very hard for Arsenal. You can have all the possession but you need to score the goal and we fought back well. Overall the performance merited at least a point and that kind of comeback will always give the squad a lot of confidence.
What a test for Arsenal to prove what they are all about this season. After the start they've had, Wenger's side will head to the Etihad Stadium full of confidence. Saturday's win over Southampton was excellent but Arsenal will look more towards the terrific victory at Anfield for inspiration against the champions. I expect Olivier Giroud to keep his place in the side - as I think he will for most away matches this season - but with competition for places fierce it remains to be seen who may start on the right. In Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla, Arsenal have match winners - and they will need them in this one. I think we could be on for a draw.
YW, A CULTURED LEFT FOOT
I am over the blue moon with Sunday on the whole. It is a sign of the improvements this season that gaining a point away at the defending champions leaves you slightly disappointed, which is greedy because I would have gobbled up a point if it had been offered before kick-off. It was a disappointing goal to concede with poor judgement by Mannone and Podolski, so there is something still to be learned on the training pitches ahead of next weekend's clash with Chelsea when there will surely be a similar threat.
Overall it was a very impressive team performance but Ramsey, Jenkinson and Mertesacker were outstanding. All have their critics but played strong parts in achieving the result. I know Arsène likes to talk about the squad's resilience and that shone through in the second half when our energy levels dipped for a few minutes, before the XI regrouped and continued to search for the equaliser. Pulling the point out of the bag was something we struggled with in away matches at the top four last season, in fact we didn't manage it at all so this is a good step forward. The key to it all is the belief which the squad must surely take into the coming matches.
The international break was successfully negotiated and two wins on the bounce ought to put the team in good shape for the visit to Eastlands. It is hard to pitch what impact that defeat in the Bernabeu will have on the defending champions; disappointment at losing in the closing stages will be offset by the knowledge that they were good enough to have become the second English team to have won in Madrid. Arsenal looked tired in the second half against Montpellier but I don’t think that will be an issue having had nearly five days to recover.
Who would have thought that 12 months on from the last early-season visit to Manchester, we could be looking at one of our toughest fixtures with optimism? City offer a step up from previous opponents this season but Anfield provided the template for victory: hard work, solid defending, a bit of luck and incisive counter-attacks. The midweek exertions will have done Abou Diaby no harm in building his stamina and he will be a key player. Vito Mannone needs to be at the top of his game with a lot of attention on the goalkeeping positions at the moment.
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