The first 10 minutes suggested that we were set for a kind of rip-roaring, albeit slightly diluted classic between two clubs who probably have the most to be regretful about the way the title race panned out, but eventually we were just left looking at their flaws.
The absences of Vincent Kompany and Yaya Toure at least gave Manchester City – who again began with the excellent youngster Kelechi Iheanacho – a somewhat fresher look, but there is something of a stale appearance about the players of both clubs at the moment.
City will at least answer that with the arrival of Pep Guardiola in the summer, presumably to a heroic theme tune and with a couple of superstars, but what of Arsenal?
The groans which accompanied Arsene Wenger’s decision to turn to Theo Walcott to try and save this game for them told their own story, but they at least showed some character.
New players are needed now.
Manchester City’s Inability To Seize The Moment Is Mystifying
Ever since *that* Sergio Aguero goal against QPR with the very last kick of the 2011/12 season, there is an argument to say that Manchester City have consistently failed to come up trumps at the clutch moments.
In the week of their mystifyingly weak attempt at getting past Real Madrid, they turned up for a match they knew that they had to win to retain the advantage in a fight to get back into the Champions League and never showed their true selves.
Maybe it was the sunshine, or maybe it was because they know that Guardiola is on the horizon and his miracles await to be worked, but their lack of enthusiasm and fight was bizarre.
Welbeck’s Injury Opens The Door For An England Hopeful
If, as suspected, the injury suffered by Danny Welbeck in the first half here rules him out of Euro 2016, then Roy Hodgson has a real chance of calling a wildcard into his squad for the summer.
What price Marcus Rashford, then? Or perhaps even Sunderland’s in-form Jermain Defoe?
Either one would be a fine addition.
Arsenal Have Been Worse Than Tottenham This Season
However they want to dress it up, and however they want to cling on to that pretty condescending ‘St Totteringham’s Day’ thing that they love to shout and tweet about, Arsenal surely deserve to finish below Tottenham this season, something that they are still likely to do.
Spurs have entertained and refreshed for the majority of their season, whereas Arsenal seem to be a squad in decline, and no league position will change that.
Louis van Gaal Might Still Survive (via JOE.co.uk)