By Adeboye Amosu:
Nigerian youngsters, Kelechi Iheanacho and Alex Iwobi, were benched for 90 minutes as Arsenal put up an efficient display to beat Manchester City 2-1 at the Emirates.
The visitors carved out the first real chance of the game in the 32nd minute when Sergio Aguero played Kevin De Bruyne on goal, but the Belgian wasted the opportunity as his effort went narrowly past the far post.
The Citizens were punished for that miss a minute later as Arsenal took the lead with their first shot of the game through Theo Walcott who shipped a brilliant effort into the far corner from the edge of the box.
City continued to dominate the game, but they were limited to mainly shots from outside the box.
Olivier Giroud increased the Gunners’ lead on the stroke of half time to send the home fans into wild jubilations.
Fabian Delph failed to control a pass from Eliaquim Mangala and Meizut Ozil pounced, playing through Giroud for his 15th assist of the season, with the latter drilling home a powerful low strike between the legs of Joe Hart.
The game opened up more in the second half with Olivier Giroud, Joel Campbel and Aaron Ramsey coming close to getting the third goal for the hosts.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men were handed a lifeline eight minutes from time when Yaya Toure pulled a stunning goal back for his side.
Arsene Wenger’s side however held on to win the game and also close the gap on leaders Leicester City to two points.