Arsenal got a fantastic win today and finally showed that we are capable of standing toe to toe with teams like Man City on their own turf and getr a result. And there is no doubt that the Gunners went about this game with a different mind set and tactics, which is what got us the crucial win.
Arsenal’s main intention in this game was to frustrate Man City and make the game compact rather than our usual style of going forward and trusting to the creative and attacking skills in the team. And we still created chances and made them count while keeping a clean sheet.
It certainly impressed the Sky Sports pundits, including our own Thierry Henry, but the 64,000 dollar question is whether we have now found a way to play in these games. Arsene Wenger has often been criticised for not having a plan B but this could be it.
One thing that Graeme Souness said, however, cast a few doubts intyo my mind. He suggested that this might have been a one-off tactic, specifically designed to stop the danger posed by David Silva. Only time will tell and our next big away game is the north London derby with Tottenham in a few weeks and after that it will be the Champions League games that really test us.
If Wenger has stumbled on this system, I do not care as long as he uses it again. But what if we do gho back to the bad old Arsenal in the big games this season?