Five things we learned about Arsenal against Manchester City

Walcott Celebrates

As Arsenal became the latest team to come undone at Manchester City, we take a look at five facts learned about the Gunners

Losing 6-3 is never going to be a good result, but there were still some positives for Arsenal fans, laced between the negatives:

Walcott played his way back into the Arsenal team - and showed Giroud how to finish

Arsenal have missed the goal threat of the former Southampton man, and for most of the game against City Walcott was by far their most dangerous player. Scoring two and nearly having a hat trick, the forwards willingness to shoot was a constant threat, and it will be a huge bonus to have him back in the starting line-up. If you can, check out his superb second goal.

Part of Ozil's class is that he plays the perfect ball even when he's not playing well, but...

He didn't impact the game in the way a player of his class could. Ozil played a great ball to Walcott for Arsenal's first goal, and he often chooses the right things to do even if they're not an easy thing to pull of, but it is games like this that £40 million players show why they are the most expensive player on the pitch, and Ozil at times looked a much lesser player than David Silva. It is still early days yet, but Arsenal fans will be hoping he can do a lot more in these sorts of games in future.

Olivier Giroud has his qualities but he is not of Aguero's class

There was a five minute spell in the second half when Olivier Giroud had three good chances to find the back of the net. The fact he didn't force Costel Pantilimon into making a tough save for any of them is the difference between the Frenchman and the other top forwards in the league. This may be the reason Wenger will still be on the look out for a Luis Suarez type figure in January - that kind of world class goalscorer is someone you can rely on to register in big games, and to be the difference in the tight ones.

The injury to Koscielny may derail Arsenal's season

The Gunners were already against it by the time Koscielny came off, after conceding two within the first half. In the second period though, with the Frenchman off the field, an even tougher spell ensued. After four goals were conceded after the break, Thomas Vermaelen would have been allowed to wish for a better game to come back into the team for. They were chasing the game but no side wants to concede six goals. If Koscielny is out for a long time it could really impact the Arsenal back line. 

Arsenal should take heart, they played as well as anyone has away to City this year

The problem is, for Arsenal and everyone else in the league, they still conceded six, and lost by three goals. Much like Tottenham the other week, they shouldn't read too much into a heavy defeat at the Etihad - most teams will come here and struggle, but it is only three points lost of the many on offer throughout the year. Arsenal did well as they got back in the game at 3-2, but as they pressed for the third that would draw them level, City ripped them open on the counter.

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