Arsenal 0 v Manchester City 0

Was this the Premiership at it’s best? Despite the Gunners’ best efforts, the 0-0 scoreline would suggest not, but the manner in which Manchester City approached this game should have no place in the Premiership. City set out to stifle, close down and bore the pants off the 60,085 crowd, their intentions were summed up by just a couple of Carlos Vela efforts and when both sides were reduced to ten men when Bacary Sagna and Pablo Zabaleta were shown straight red cards late on, it was to be neither side’s night.

Domination

£ 117 million was spent on this City line up and their UAE owners will not doubt sanction more finance in the transfer window, but the football that Roberto Mancini is playing would suggest that they have all the ambitions of no more than a pub team, but then again Arsenal should have been out of sight with their early domination.

Woodwork

Robin Van Persie created some space before letting fly to beat Joe Hart but not the post, and that was to repeat itself twice as firstly Cesc Fabregas hit the upright, the rebound falling to Theo Walcott who was also denied by the woodwork. You just sensed it was going to be one of those nights when Arsenal would dominate and not profit. Citys’s muscular defending was being matched by Alex Song and Jack Wilshere, with Walcott showing more of the defensive side to his game again.

Stifle

Seven minutes before the break, a Fabregas surge caught out City and the cross from Walcott hit the arm of Vincent Kompany but no penalty was awarded. City were happy to stifle, get back in numbers and make Arsenmal play through them.Van Persie had the best chance to open the scoring just past the hour mark, but Hart pulled off an excellent save to keep the scoreline 0-0.

City bore

Wenger sent on Andrey Arshavin and Nicklas Bendtner, but the sending off of Sagna and Zabaleta who had a clash of heads was the only further talking point as City chose to bore us all at the Emirates. Given their level of ambition and finance, that was a huge pity.