After travelling to face the Premier League champions in their own back yard, Arsenal are still unbeaten this season.
A late Laurent Koscielny slammer earned the Gunners a well-earned point after Joleon Lescott had put City ahead against the run of play.
I have to say that before the game, despite both sides form, I would have taken a point so I’m happy with Sunday’s outcome at the Etihad Stadium.
I don’t think that anyone can feel disappointed with a draw at the home of the defending champions and, on the basis of the way the game played out, a 1-1 scoreline was probably a fair result.
Yes we bossed the first half and had chances (Gervinho, I’m looking in your direction) but then again City, and in particular Sergio Aguero, had plenty of opportunities to ensure that we bussed it back down to London with nothing to show for our efforts.
So I’m happy with the outcome, I’m also happy with our current centre-back situation.
Boy I’d hate to be Arsene Wenger right now as he is set to face the dilemma of choosing two starting centre-backs from Thomas Vermaelen, Koscielny and Per Mertesacker.
With the Verminator missing yesterday’s match due to illness, Koz filled in sublimely and carried on his spectacular form from last season.
I literally can’t decide myself who to pick, being captain means that Vermaelen is a definite starter, but as for the other I literally don’t know and don’t mind.
In my opinion, they are all class, and Wenger has been saying the same.
“Koscielny had a great game and stepped in very well,” said Wenger.
“For me, we have three classy centre backs. It’s a very difficult choice.
“I will rotate them depending on the strikers we play against.”
For me, that’s the right answer and right decision from the boss. He doesn’t shoot down anyone’s chances of playing and I also think that rotation is the best way, especially with our crazy schedule.
It’s been a while since we’ve had three top class centre-backs in the same team and under the tutoring of Steve Bould, our defence finally seems to have had the shakeup that it needed.