City claimed victory over Arsenal on the cusp of another international break, and they looked extremely well equipped to maintain this charge toward the title.

Pep’s side played with real venom and looked fantastic on the ball. We showed they can be gotten at, but on the few occasions we squeezed past their effective press we lacked the final ball.

City are now 12 points ahead of us in the table and we lie in 6th place.

There was a real surprise when the lineups were announced. Our record signing Alexandre Lacazette was named on the bench as Wenger shifted formation to a 4-3-3. Alexis was the sole striker, and Alex Iwobi returned to the team alongside Mesut Ozil just behind the Chilean.

Our midfield was bolstered with Francis Coquelin alongside Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka in a bid to combat City’s runs into our final third. Our defence also had a shiftaround, as we played four at the back with Koscielny and Nacho in the centre and Bellerin and Kolasinac in the full-back spots.

In the first ten minutes it was pretty even. City looking dangerous through Kevin DeBruyne and the Gunners only a pass away from breaking through on a couple of occasions.

Then the home side started to get into a rhythm and on the 19th minute they took the lead. DeBruyne’s shot from outside the box was well saved by Cech, but the ball was worked around to the Belgian again and his precise shot arrowed into the far bottom corner.

From there, it could have gotten far worse. Neat interchanges were leaving gaps in our backline and Francis Coquelin seemed to be part of a back 3 as we reverted back to 3-5-2 for large portions of the half.

On two or three occasions they broke through and low balls across the box only needed the slightest of touches to double the lead. Luckily, there was no-one on hand each time it occurred, and we escaped.

We were being penned in. City really should have made it two five minutes before when Raheem Sterling broke our offside trap, but he wasted the opportunity by trying to pass.

Just before halftime though, we should have equalised. Aaron Ramsey was found in the box and he cut back before firing in a shot that Ederson beat out.

The second half kicked off and within five minutes, City did indeed double their advantage. A great ball found Raheem Sterling who was being marked by Nacho. The Spaniard was on the wrong side as they both ran into the box and Sterling took a tumble under Monreal’s pressure. It was soft, but there was contact. This shouldn’t qualify for a penalty but they are being given and Sergio Aguero put the spot kick away via a post.

Alex Iwobi nearly pulled a goal back when a regulation shot was badly fumbled by Ederson and Ramsey bundled the keeper into his own net, but unsurprisingly it was disallowed.

The gamble to use Coquelin had backfired and on the 55th minute he was hooked for Lacazette. the team had a more familiar feel now, but could we grab a goal back?

Both teams were zipping the ball around but also the possession was swapping regularly. Gabriel Jesus came on for Sergio Aguero on the 60th minute as the game pattern was set. We needed a goal quickly and we were committing more men forward in an attempt to do so.

On the 64th minute, Lacazette showed why he needs to be on the pitch. Ramsey slotted in Lacazette who was in space and he ran onto the through ball to shoot through Ederson’s legs. We had a grip on the game.

We were pumped now and we were taking the game to City. We looked galvanised but City had woken up too. A corner was earned after a blocked Sane shot and the set-play found Jesus at the back stick who hammered in a close range shot but Cech was more than equal to it and he saved well.

The game was ebbing and flowing with both teams looking for goals. It was City who got the next one though.

A ball to Silva found the Spaniard and Arsenal’s defence stood up and claimed offside. Silva squared it to an unmarked Jesus who had the simple task of firing home.

Replays suggested that both Silva and Jesus were marginally offside, but the linesman didn’t raise his flag. Either way, City were 3-1 up and substituted Raheem Sterling for Ilkay Gundogan as City looked to close out the game.

We also made a swap as Granit Xhaka and Alex Iwobi were replaced by Olivier Giroud and Jack Wilshere. Wenger was going for it, but he had no other choice.

City were not letting up and kept breaking ominously and were only a blocked pass away from extending their advantage on a few occasions. We seemed unable to match their speed of passing and thought.

City saw out the game to claim the points and serve a warning to all of their rivals. We didn’t play terribly, but it is clear that if some team is to defeat City, they will have to be at their very best to have any chance.

We must regroup, as our next game is at Wembley against that lot. No mistakes will be allowed for that one.