Arsenal fans will be hoping their comfortable 3-0 away win at Manchester City will give their side the confidence to put together a genuine title challenge this season. The win sent the Gunners into second place in the league, five points behind leaders Chelsea and level with both Manchester’s.
Arsenal were handed a boost when City’s young centre back Dedryck Boyata was given a straight red after just four minutes, for a mistimed challenge on Maroune Chamakh when the striker was clean through on goal. Samir Nasri then gave the visitors the lead with a near post striker. The Frenchman is finally fulfilling his early potential and the midfielder has now scored seven in seven. With Nasri and Fabregas turning the style on in midfield, few sides are going to be able to match them when they’re at the top of their game.
Alex Song and Nicklas Bendtner also got on the score sheet to give Arsenal the valuable win and Arsene Wenger was happy with the composure shown by his side, the manager said “It is always difficult against 10 men but we have shown our intelligence. I think collectively we completely dominated the game. I hope that will give us the belief and confidence to take into other games.”
Another bonus for Wenger was the continued impressive form from Lukasz Fabianski in the Arsenal goal. The Polish keeper has taken his chance in the first team with both hands and has made it hard for Wenger to drop him when Manuel Almunia returns from injury.
Arsenal will face an all Premiership tie when they take on Newcastle this week in the Carling Cup.
Those betting on carling cup note that Wenger usually uses this competition as a run out for the younger players at the club and that theme may continue.
The manager has made it clear he will be playing a good number of first team players though as odds carling cup wise back them to reach the next round of the competition.