Five things we learned about Manchester City against Arsenal

Etihad Stadium

A wonderful attacking performance saw Manchester City smash past the league leaders at the Etihad

The spectacular 6-3 win against Arsenal, the second time in a month City have scored six past a North London team, was another statement of intent from the 2012 Chamions, and evidence that they will be there or thereabouts come the end of the season.

Aguero is the difference between City and most of their rivals - including Arsenal

This game proved that City have varied goalscoring options from midfield and attacking position. The jewel of their crown is undoubtedly Argentine Sergio Aguero though, and the striker continued his red hot form with a fine finish and strong attacking play throughout the first half, with only Luis Suarez coming anywhere near him this season. The Blues will be hoping that the calf injury that saw him come off just after half time will only be a short-term injury, as his quality as a frontman is something Chelsea, Arsenal, Spurs and Man United all lack.

Back to 4-4-2?

Playing two strikers that can both take part in the creation of goals, as well as the scoring of them, is something the elite English teams have been moving away from in recent years. With City this season, it has been refreshing to see two men up top, despite the irony that it's taken a Chilean manager moving from Spain to suggest it could work in the English game once more. Having two central midfielders as complete as Yaya Toure and Fernandino certainly helps, with the Brazilian having one of his best games since moving to the club.

David Silva proved himself to be the best creative midfielder in the league

David Silva proved that, despite playing against two of this season's most lauded attacking midfielders, he is the best of the bunch. Pulling the strings, and scoring a goal of his own, Silva showed both Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil how to orchestrate things against a top class rival. His return from injury is an ominous sign for the title race.

Martin Demichelis now looks like a fine signing

Alongside a fine Vincent Kompany display, Martin Demichelis gave a strong performance in both areas to prove that his signing, though a short term solution, was astute despite many people's objections at the time. The big Argentine was a real threat in the Arsenal box, and with Joleon Lescott out of favour, Demichelis is a good option alongside Kompany and Nastasic.

Will any team take a point off City at the Etihad this year?

City have now had four of the best teams in the league come to their ground and are still yet to drop any points. With only Chelsea and Liverpool to come from last years top seven, there are only a few fixtures remaining that would even resemble somewhat of a challenge to a team playing as well as the Citizens. There is the very real chance that City can go the entire season with nineteen home wins from nineteen.

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