Optimism is a hardy thing, but yet another defeat, another comprehensive one at that, is doing its best to extinguish optimism across our fanbase.

We suffered another defeat, another three goal deficit, as City swaggered and put on a show that dazzled us.

The majority of the team that was hammered deservedly in the Carabao Cup Final made the cut and was in the team, but Danny Welbeck and Henrikh Mkhitaryan came into our attack, and Sead Kolasinac replaced the injured Nacho Monreal.

We did at least put up a bit of a fight in this game, but when Manchester City flexed their muscles, we still had no answer and conceded repeatedly.

The first half did give us a few half chances, mostly with Aaron Ramsey involved, but City defended well and with gusto. The opposite was the case for our defence, with Koscielny given the runaround by Aguero and Mustafi looking befuddled every time the away side came at him.

It wasn’t long before City took the lead, despite our promising start. Sane had space on the left and found Bernardo Silva, who found the top corner with a sublime finish. It was top quality that usually comes easy with confidence.

It was only 13 minutes in, and Ramsey subsequently tested Ederson but the young keeper saved well. The game was pretty even, but the danger could be felt whenever City went forward.

Fourteen minutes later, City bared their teeth with a fantastic goal that will make all of us Gooners nostalgic. David Silva picked the ball up after evading his man, passed to Sane who then squared to Aguero. Silva had continued his run and Aguero’s smart pass found him. Silva took it in his stride expertly and finished high into the net to give Cech no chance.

Bellerin couldn’t cope with Sane and his expert touch, his unpredictability and movement. Six minutes later, this would manifest itself in a goal.

Kyle Walker was on the attack and his ball into the box found Sane, who nipped in ahead of Bellerin and his first touch was enough to see the ball into the net.

33 minutes, 3 goals.

This time though, our ineptitude wasn’t to blame. Simply put, City are on another level to us.

The first half petered out, well, compared to the twenty minute spell that destroyed us, and half time was upon us.

Boos rang around the ground, but we were far improved from Sunday. Too little too late, and still not good enough though.

The second half began much like the first, with our team showing high levels of motivation but no breakthrough.

Nicolas Otamendi then gave us a small lifeline, as his kick on the back of Mkhitaryan’s leg meant we were awarded a penalty. We had taken the fight to City so this could really galvanise us.

Aubameyang stepped up to take and his effort was weak, and was easily snapped up by Ederson. What a kick in the teeth to the many that had braved the freezing temperatures to see what was likely going to be a defeat.

We kept plugging away though. We had the motivation, we just look like a broken team, incapable of producing any semblance of what a Wenger team used to represent. City for the rest of the half kept us at arms length, and we huffed and puffed. It was a depressing vision of what we have become.

We’re in sixth place and deservedly so. We're Miles away from the top and we deserve to be. Ilkay Gundogan was the sole central midfielder and he was comfortable battling Granit Xhaka. Aaron Ramsey was pretty much roving forward permanently and Xhaka was the sole link between defence and attack.

The final whistle meant more boos. It is hard to hear it when our team actually turned up this time, but the boos were a signal that we don’t want to see our team slide any further down. This is enough, and we need change.

The problem is, our board won’t listen until it hampers fiscal figures rather than points tables.

We’ve got Brighton away next. I’m just glad it’s not City. They’re football was excellent and at least against Chris Hughton’s men,should prove a slightly easier test.