It was a groundbreaking result fronted by everyone’s favourite little Spaniard.
Exactly four years have passed since Arsenal shocked everyone by managing to win away from home against one of their top four rivals.
Gunners fans reflect fondly on the 2-0 win over Man City in 2015 not only because of it’s rarity, but also because of an effortless performance from Santi Cazorla.
With Arsenal languishing in fifth place and weighed heavy by a woeful track record against their rivals, nobody gave Arsene Wenger’s side a sniff at the Etihad.
Cazorla was partnered with Francis Coquelin in a midfield pivot and took matters into his own magic hands to inspire the Gunners to a hard fought victory.
The diminutive technician bossed the midfield battle against his countryman David Silva and dealt with the Brazilian brute force of Fernandinho and Fernando.
Cazorla opened the scoring from the spot in the first-half before he then showed a completely different side to his game.
The Spaniard displayed supreme tactical nous to flip his style 180° and join the rearguard action to help Arsenal hold down the fort.
Wenger deployed his troops in a counter attacking style with Cazorla given the sole responsibility of bringing the ball out from deep and help spring Arsenal attacks.
The Spaniard’s unrivalled composure helped to relieve the pressure on the Arsenal defence and then seize on any rare forays forward.
The No19 turned provider and found Oliver Giroud with a pinpoint free-kick who headed home to complete the famous snatch and grab 2-0 win.
Cazorla finished the match with 96 touches, the most of any player on the pitch and left the scene of the crime with a pass completion rate of 92%.
The Spaniard was named Man of the Match and picked up a perfect rating of 10 according to WhoScored.
That performance in the 2014/15 season is surely the crowning glory of Cazorla’s memorable stint in north London.
Not only did he display his famed creativity but the effortless transition into a deep-lying playmaker was the most impressive of all.
Long live the little genius.
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