Before I write about my thoughts on yesterday’s game (including player ratings), I thought that I would include a quick poll and ask who my fellow Arsenal supporters thought was MOTM against Manchester City.
Several players stood out, although I think that the team had a very good game as a whole and that the scoreline actually flattered a rather deflated City side. Mario Balotelli deserves a special mention for creating tension in the City camp and all but ending their hopes of winning the Premier League. Player ratings and match thoughts will be published later this evening.
My MOTM was Mikel Arteta, who is having a fantastic end to the season. Our last-minute “panic-buy” is out to prove a point. His spectacular free-kick in our 3-0 win over Aston Villa a few weeks ago was followed by another beautiful goal from outside the box. It seems to me that Mikel is the only Arsenal played who likes to shoot from long-distance – and more often than not his shots are on target.