Manchester City may feel fortunate that the final score was not indicative of how one-side the match at Emirates ended, as the Citizens fell to Arsenal on Sunday, 1-0.
The Gunners had multiple chances to put City away, but simply couldn't do it until Mikel Arteta's strike from distance put Arsene Wenger's side ahead in the 87th minute. Prior to the Spaniard's score, Arsenal failed to find the back of the net despite opportunities where City goalkeeper Joe Hart had little to no chance to stop the impending shot.
Robin van Persie had a first-half header that was on goal but didn't go through due to it hitting team-mate Thomas Vermaelen. Van Persie had another chance in the 62nd minute, but his header hit the post. He delivered a ball by Hart later in the match that was overturned due to an off-sides call.
In the 76th minute, Theo Walcott accepted a ball near the penalty mark, but his right-footed shot hit the post. Vermaelen was there to accept the rebound, but made a mess of it, and Yossi Benayoun's follow up effort was just as inefficient.
Aaron Ramsey had a golden opportunity in they dying moments of the match, but simply blew the shot.
Arteta's deciding goal had to be particularly satisfying for Wenger considering who else was on the pitch. Midfielder Samir Nasri, who unceremoniously exited Arsenal in the summer, received jeers when he touched the ball, and wasn't particularly effective. Arteta, who served as rather quiet star at Everton, was brought to the club as somewhat of a midfield replacement for Nasri and Cesc Fabregas.
His goal was not only a superb strike, but might be remembered at the end of the season as a factor in Arsenal's strong revival.
The Gunners took 13 shots with five on goal, while City took five shots, and not one was on target. Arsenal also dominated possession by controlling the ball for 64 percent of the match.
City's title hopes may be dashed with the loss. The club might also lose Mario Balotelli to suspension for his harsh play that would later result in a red card.
Here are the highlights from Arsenal - Manchester City: