Manchester City v Arsenal: five talking points from the Etihad Stadium

Fernandinho is no Yaya Touré, Alexis Sánchez does for Arsenal what Wayne Rooney does for United and Vincent Kompany has afternoon to forget
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Wherever José Mourinho was as this result came in, he may have chuckled as his side have now re-established some daylight – five points – from Manchester City before the latter’s trip to west London on the final day of month. Manuel Pellegrini had said: “Arsenal’s visit will be a big test for us. They are always battling for one of the top four places in the Premier League and have some excellent players. We must play at a high tempo with 100% concentration and take our chances when they come.” Yet what the manager witnessed was an erratic display from his team, who appeared devoid of confidence, which was strange considering their 14-game unbeaten run before this. Now they dare not lose at Chelsea.

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