Manchester City victory proves Arsenal have come of age at long last

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Arsenal's 2-1 victory over Manchester City on Monday night was comprehensive in every way except the scoreline. They could have easily scored four or five goals with the chances they created throughout.

The Citizens only turned up in the last ten minutes and resembled their Manchester rivals with their performance - plenty of possession without an attacking threat. Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech was a spectator for much of the evening.

The Gunners fully deserved their win and made a real statement of their title credentials.


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Now just two points off surprise league leaders Leicester City, Arsene Wenger's side are four points clear of Manuel Pellegrini's side and seven clear of Manchester United. As it stands, they are in a very strong position and have recently emerged the bookmakers' favourites to go all the way.

With Olivier Giroud scoring regularly and Theo Walcott back from injury, Arsenal have the potential to be even better. Alexis Sanchez, Francis Coquelin, Danny Welbeck and Santi Carzola are all out injured but due to make their returns in the coming months.

Arsenal are gradually recovering from their injury crisis and somehow managed to prevent against losing too many points in the process. They may have drawn Barcelona in the Champions League, but losing to the current holders and exiting the competition might not be the worst thing for the north Londoners.

A Premier League title would finally silence the many critics of manager Wenger and his countryman Giroud. The striker divides football fans regarding his status as a footballer.

When you look at his current goalscoring form this argument appears pointless. The France striker is clinical when given the chance and adds an aerial and physical presence that few have done for the Emirates side in the past.

As for Wenger, the veteran will know he has a great opportunity to once again bring glory back to north London and restore Arsenal as England's elite side. The question remains, of course, whether his side are mature enough to go the distance, but the signs suggest they could well be.

Thierry Henry
Premier League

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