After a humiliating 6-0 thrashing at the hands of Chelsea on Arsène Wenger's 1000th game was followed by a lacklustre home draw against Swansea (capped by a 90th minute Mathieu Flamini own goal) you'd have to be pretty optimistic to think Arsenal were going to get anything out of this one.
Arsenal have been missing the likes of Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Laurent Koscielny and record signing Mesut Özil.
Meanwhile, Man City have been flying high, keeping a clean sheet in their last three games and enjoying a straight forward 3-0 win against bitter rivals Manchester United in midweek.
The match started as everyone would have expected with City flying straight out of the blocks, dominating possession and finding a lot of space in between the lines.
It only took 18 minutes for City to break the deadlock, Edin Dzeko striking it against the post of Wojciech Szczęsny's goal just for it to fall to David Silva to tap into an open net. It seemed like normal service was resuming.
Man City dominated but Arsenal through men behind the ball and went in at half time 1-0.
The second half saw an Arsenal side we haven't seen in a while, attacking City with real purpose.
In the 53rd minute the Emirates stadium erupted, the impressive Lukas Podolski cut the ball across the box for the onrushing Mathieu Flamini to tuck the ball into the net with a good finish.
After then Arsenal largely took over, pushing City high up the pitch playing with confidence.
Podolski could have put Arsenal ahead after a deflection saw him through on goal but Joe Hart was able to divert the ball wide.
Similarly at the other end Yaya Toure had a chance largely through the work of David Silva but Szczęsny made himself big enough to make the save.
It ended 1-1 in a performance that most Arsenal fans would have taken in heartbeat before the game, but probably left it disappointed they couldn't get all 3.
Arsenal will need to continue this kind of form into next Sunday's game against Everton in what looks like will be a massive game in deciding who will finish in the top 4.
Write for GiveMeSport! Sign-up to the GMS Writing Academy here: http://gms.to/1a2u3KU