Saturday analysis: Nasri shows up Ozil, Essien shows he's still got it

Nasri shows Ozil how to be a constant threat

The lunchtime summit meeting between free-scoring Manchester City and leaders Arsenal was billed as a battle of the playmakers, but in the event, it was only City's who shone.

Santi Cazorla was an unused substitute, Jack Wilshere's only headline moment was an 'obscene gesture' supposedly aimed at the home fans, and Mesut Ozil struggled to stamp any authority on the game.

Conversely, the returning David Silva and former Gunner Samir Nasri were both somewhere near their best. Although the Spaniard may make more headlines by virtue of scoring in his first league match in six weeks, Nasri's imperious showing shouldn't go unnoticed.

The Frenchman attempted 10 take-ons and created no fewer than 7 goalscoring opportunities for team-mates - one of which ended with Fernandino finding the net for City's fifth goal. He also regularly burst into the box in hunt of a goal, and although he wasn't able to hit the target, his bustling play and clever movement afforded the beleaguered Gunners defence not a minute's rest.

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