Well-known sports presenter Richard Keys has been wondering about Arsenal’s performance against Manchester City on his website.
Arsene Wenger’s side registered what many would claim to be a surprise 2-0 win at the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League on Sunday.
Goals from Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud proved enough for the Gunners to pick up all three points at the home of the Premier League champions and maintain their challenge for a top-four challenge this season.
Arsenal gave one of their best and most accomplished performance against City and were defensively very strong.
Former Sky Sports presenter Keys was impressed with what he saw of Wenger’s team, but he asked a number of interesting questions on his website.
“Who saw that coming?” the 57-year-old wrote. “If we're honest, none of us. I think it was simply 'the' result of the season so far. Think about it - Arsenal had gone 16 matches without a win v City, United and Chelsea before yesterday.
“Here they were, with last season's 6-3 hammering fresh in their minds, and an army of doubters ready to jump all over them again, going to the home of the Champions, and frustrating the life out of them with a mature, thoughtful and dogged performance.
“Not things we've come to expect from an Arsene Wenger team in recent seasons. City forced 16 corners, the most conceded by Arsenal in a league game since Opta's records began in 2006.
“Their much criticised 'zonal' marking system stood firm, although we at BeIN Sports, Andy Gray myself and Glenn Hoddle, did notice a slight change to Mertesacker's positioning.
“So what happened? Where did that performance come from? What did Arsenal work on all last week? At who's suggestion?
“Was Arsene, famous for his stubbornness, listening at last? Why has it taken so long to get it right? Questions we'll have to wait to be answered in the coming weeks. I'm desperate to find out.”
Keys’s questions are very valid and are probably being asked by many Arsenal fans.
It will indeed be interesting to see how Arsenal perform in the coming weeks. Although the North London’s display against City cannot - and should not - be undermined, they would go back to square one if they slip up in their next few games.
For Arsenal to finish in the top four and maybe even third in the Premier League this season, they need to build on the performance against City.
In case anyone has forgotten, victory over City has given Arsenal three points only. There is no point in getting carried away based on one great display.