3 positives & negatives as Arsenal shut out Man City in goalless draw

• Pre-match injury woes alleviated

• Title race out of Arsenal's control

• Bukayo Saka fitness concern

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Positive #2: Defensive solidity

Erling Haaland, Gabriel
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Before this game, Manchester City had scored in their last 57 (yes 57!) consecutive home games, but Arsenal became the team to end that streak after a defensive masterclass.

Gabriel and William Saliba once again showed themselves to be among the best defensive partnerships in world football as they completely shut City, and Erling Haaland, out of the game.

It was a defensive performance which provides confidence that the team can go toe-to-toe with any team in the world regardless of their attacking threat, which is a real positive as we look ahead to the run-in and latter stages of the UEFA Champions League.

Negative #2: Title now out of Arsenal's hands

Liverpool FC v Chelsea FC - Premier League
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While we absolutely cannot complain about gaining a point away at the Etihad Stadium, the fact remains that the Premier League title is no longer in our control, and that has to be seen as a negative.

With Liverpool coming from behind to beat Brighton 2-1 earlier in the day, Jurgen Klopp's side are now two points clear at the top of the table, meaning that they control their own destiny ahead of the run-in.

Given that they have a perceived easier run-in than the Gunners, some fans may feel pessimistic but Arsenal's performance against City showed that they will fight until the very last point.

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