Welcome to a new feature on Arsenal.com - Talking Heads.

Before and after every first-team fixture our MatchDay Show team - and an Arsenal blogger - will have their say on the match.

Arsenal took on Mancheser City in the Premier League on Sunday and our Talking Heads for this game were Dan Roebuck, David Hillier and Andrew Mangan of Arseblog.

Read on for their post-match comments and recap what they said before the game.

Dan Roebuck - Arsenal Live

If you needed more evidence that Arsenal are going to be title challengers next season, Sunday provided it. Off the ball they worked hard to close down Manchester City and on the ball they kept their patience to eventually find a winner. Mikel Arteta's strike was excellent - he's proving to be a valuable source of goals - and Arsenal deserved all three points after keeping Joe Hart busy all game. When Vermaelen inadvertently cleared Van Persie's header you wondered whether Lady Luck was against Arsenal but they got their happy ending. Maximum points against struggling Wolves and Wigan are now imperative before that huge London derby against Chelsea.

It's another big weekend for Arsenal, highlighted even more by last weekend's disappointing defeat at QPR. But Arsène Wenger's side must forget about that game and instead look back to that superb seven-game winning streak which reignited their top-four hopes. It is still in their own hands but they cannot afford to drop too many more points if they are to clinch third place. This is a game which both sides seemingly must win and a Gunners victory could effectively send the Premier League title to Old Trafford. City have struggled in recent weeks - especially on their travels - but with a squad littered with quality as theirs is, Arsenal know they have a game on their hands. What's more, City have some key players back for this one. Expect goals, lots of them, and a thoroughly entertaining encounter.

David Hillier

I thought Arsenal started the game quite sharply. They obviously wanted a reaction after the defeat against QPR last week when everyone was a little bit flat. This week the midfield closed down well, got on the ball early and got good possession - it was 60:40 possession in the first half. Arsenal had a couple of chances, especially when Vermaelen cleared Van Persie's effort off the line, but I don't think the result was ever in doubt. I thought Balotelli was lucky to stay on after a couple of bad challenges and he got his just desserts at the end of the game. Arsenal persevered, made a couple of changes and Arteta got his wonder goal. It was a great finish and no more than Arsenal deserved.

I'm looking forward to another thriller at the Emirates as Man City come to town. Only a win will do for them in the title race but it's a crucial game for Arsenal too as they look to cement third spot and put right last week's defeat against QPR. With Tevez back in the side plus Balotelli, Aguero and Dzeko, City are certainly a danger going forward, so Vermaelen and Koscielny will have to be on their game. The pressure will be on captain marvel RVP to rally his troops and lead the line well - and by his standards he is due a goal. With Tottenham, Chelsea and Newcastle breathing down our necks and City in a must-win situation, this is without doubt the game of the Easter weekend.

Blog - Arseblog

Well, we wanted a response to the QPR defeat and we certainly got one. City didn't look anything like title contenders, and while some of that might be down to their inability to cope with the pressure, most of it was down to an outstanding Arsenal performance. We always looked most likely to score and it's amazing it actually took so long to make the breakthrough. Hitting the post three times and having Van Persie's effort cleared off the line by his own team-mate might have made lesser teams think it was 'one of those days', but we know this team will keep going. Arteta's goal was wonderful, from the timing to the execution, and it was no less than we deserved. I don't want to single any one player out because I thought they were all part of an excellent team display, and I know there's more to be said about Balotelli and his assault on Alex Song, but let's leave that to the authorities to deal with. We should focus on what was a great result as we take another step towards securing a top-four place.

After dropping points at QPR, Sunday's game takes on even more importance. It's crucial that we react straight away and against a team like Manchester City, who are challenging for the title, it's going to be as tough a test as we've faced this season. What shouldn't be forgotten is that during the seven-game winning run, we beat Liverpool, Spurs, Everton and Newcastle, so we know that when the challenge is there we're capable of responding. Last weekend's defeat was down to slipshod defending and if QPR can punish it you can be quite sure a team with as many good players as City will too. Nevertheless, I think we've shown enough fight in recent games to suggest we can take three points if we play to our full potential, and at home, with the crowd right behind the team, I'm hopeful we can get a result.

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9 Apr 2012