Morning all.

First up, I wish Frida Maanum a speedy recovery after she collapsed during the Women’s Cup Final yesterday afternoon. Scary moments for her and her Arsenal mates. Mates who rallied round and went on to beat Chelsea 1-0 in extra time. Well done to them.

Onto The Etihad and unlike Walker and Ederson, Bukayo Saka and Gabriel recovered well enough to start the game. Stones was on the bench as was Gabriel Martinelli. Leandro Trossard was on the bench with Gabriel Jesus filling the left side of our front three.

The first half was bossed by City as far as possession goes but it was Arsenal who had the best chances to open the scoring. Both fell to Gabriel Jesus, both were hit wide. Ake had a chance too but David Raya gathered his header comfortably.

The second half was more interesting. Just. Leandro Trossard saw his shot saved although had he looked up to see Gabriel Martinelli making his run into the box, the outcome might have been different.

By the end, both teams managed three shots on target, City totted up 72% possession and committed nine fouls. Arsenal however committed 20. I’m pretty sure City were guilty of fouling us a lot more than Anthony Taylor was prepared to give.

The game, not the best to watch in my opinion, ended in a draw. Yes, a hard earned and well fought for point. I’m sure every one who cares about Arsenal FC wanted a win but to not lose was important. The old Arsenal, whatever that was, would have gone to City, try to match them and come away with nothing. This Arsenal, Mikel Arteta’s team/squad showed discipline, character and a definite ‘no way are we letting them score’ attitude. Yes they had one or two half chances but then so did we. Best of all, City were frustrated, rattled and begging Anthony Taylor for more free kicks to go their way. They’re happy to dish it out, but don’t like it back.

William Saliba talking to after the game:

It was a tough game against a big team, we are not satisfied 100 per cent, but it’s okay, we take the point. We know it’s not easy to come here and not concede and we did well. Of course we can be proud of stopping them scoring but it’s not finished, there is nine games still and we have to win it.

I thought yesterday showed how smart Arsenal are under Mikel Arteta. A point against City, making it 4 for the season is such a vast improvement on seasons gone by. Ben White, William Saliba and Gabriel were immense in defence, David Raya didn’t really have too much to do either because those in front of him were so good.

Gabriel Jesus lacked composure in front of goal but was back defending, helping out Jakub Kiwior. Same on the other side of the pitch with Bukayo Saka helping out Ben White. Everything City tried, we as a team stopped with every player working their socks off from start to finish.

Mikel Arteta talking to

It was a really tough, really close match against a team that is unbelievable. I think the boys competed really, really well. We were really disciplined and patient with when we had to be. The upside was that we had some big chances, some big situations that we didn’t convert and the fact that we lacked a little bit of composure, especially with the ball in the first phase to play more, to have more, to be more courageous to play but credit to them because they make your life difficult.

Yesterday was the first time since 2021 that Man City didn’t score at The Etihad. I read a comment in one of the newspaper reports which said that had Arsenal committed more in attack, they might have won the game but I don’t think that’s fair. Had we committed more in attack, we might have lost and then the press would have had a field day. In any case, we created three very good opportunities to score.

Nine league games to go and we’re still very much in the title race. Next up for Mikel Arteta’s team in Luton at The Emirates on Wednesday night.

Catch up in the comments.