The Etihad Stadium has proven to be somewhat of a bogey ground for Arsenal over the years as they haven’t won away at Manchester City since 2015.
Their 2-0 triumph back in January 2015 remains to be their last win at that ground. With the Premier League title now on the line, the stakes have never been higher between these two clubs and the Gunners will be looking to end their Etihad hoodoo this season.
We could help but look back at the last Arsenal XI which delivered all three points away at City and have a look into what they are all doing now.
GK: David Ospina
After a handful of errors from Wojciech Szczesny, Ospina took his place as Arsenal’s number one for the second half of the 2014-15 season. The Colombian goalkeeper justified his spot, keeping eight clean sheets in 18 matches.
However, his stint as the Gunners’ number one didn’t last long as Petr Cech arrived the following summer and took his place. After spending a couple more years warming the bench at the Emirates, Ospina moved on to Napoli after a successful loan spell in 2018.
These days, the 34-year-old is kicking it with Cristiano Ronaldo at Al-Nassr. We’ll always have time for the charismatic Colombian shot-stopper.
RB: Hector Bellerin
Arsenal fans will always have time for Bellerin whose accent is a perfect blend of cockney and Catalan. He featured in over 200 games for the Gunners and won six trophies during his spell with the club.
After leaving North London, he spent a short stint with boyhood club Barcelona before moving on to Sporting CP in the January transfer window.
CB: Per Mertesacker
The towering German defender remains a popular player in North London to this day. After hanging up his boots in 2018 he stuck around at the club and is now the manager of the Arsenal Academy.
His outstanding performance in the 2017 FA Cup final against Chelsea will live long in the memory.
🏆 The @Mertesacker Final
🎙 The BFG himself tells his story of 𝗧𝗛𝗔𝗧 match against Chelsea…
🎂 What better day to remember the 2017 FA Cup final! pic.twitter.com/6hgos2ZAXz
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) September 29, 2021
CB: Laurent Koscielny
The way he left Arsenal left a sour taste in many fans’ mouths, but there’s no denying how good Koscielny was at his best. He burnt his bridges with the club after a controversial announcement video when signing for Bordeaux in 2019.
Koscielny ultimately finished his career with the French club, announcing his retirement from football in March last year. Despite his controversial exit from Arsenal, he was one hell of a player.
LB: Nacho Monreal
A true cult hero at the Emirates, Monreal was well worth the £8.5 million Arsenal spent on him back in 2013. After seven years in England, the Spanish full-back returned to Spain and played out his final years with Real Sociedad.
CDM: Francis Coquelin
Arsenal seemed reluctant to invest in a holding midfielder around this time and so a fresh-faced Coquelin was often given the responsibility in the middle. To be fair to the French midfielder, he made quite an impact when he was recalled to the first team around 2015.
He fell out of favour a couple of years later and forged a new career in La Liga with Valencia and Villarreal.
RM: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Tomas Rosicky, ’66)
Oxlade-Chamberlain was one of Arsenal’s brightest prospects back in 2015 and he was already an established England international by this point too.
Under Wenger, the midfielder was regularly tasked with playing as a wing-back which ultimately led to his decision to leave the club in 2017 for a £35million fee.
“I just didn’t believe I was going to be able to play where I wanted to play and that was it,” Oxlade-Chamberlain told talkSPORT.
“Me winning the Champions League was obviously a dream come true and a massive bonus but I didn’t feel like ‘Ah, I told you so’ [at Arsenal].”
Injuries have hampered the Liverpool midfielder over the years and have probably stopped him from reaching his full potential. The same can arguably be said about Rosicky.
Technically, Rosicky had just about everything. He finished his career in 2017 with Sparta Prague and became a Sports Director at the club soon after hanging up his boots. He was some player.
Happy birthday, Super Tom! 🤘🎸
🥳 Tomas Rosicky turns 39 today… pic.twitter.com/1tIbbkt0Jv
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) October 4, 2019
CM: Aaron Ramsey (Mathieu Flamini, 84′)
The Welsh midfielder scored plenty of clutch goals for the Gunners throughout the years and the side definitely lost his presence when he departed in 2019.
While at Juventus, he was making a reported £400,000 a week after joining on a free transfer. He only spent two full seasons with the Italian club before spending a short loan spell with Rangers. You can catch him in Ligue 1 these days, playing for Nice.
In terms of Flamini, he hung up his boots in 2019 after a short spell with Getafe. His post-footballing career has been committed to his several businesses and fighting climate change.
CM: Santi Cazorla
The diminutive Spanish magician had every trick in the book. No matter who you support, watching Cazorla is always bound to bring a smile to your face.
His final years in North London were hampered by injuries, but he managed to then have two relatively injury-free years with Villarreal where he racked up 86 appearances in two seasons. These days you can find him in the Qatar Stars League playing for Al Sadd.
LM: Alexis Sanchez (Kieran Gibbs, 84′)
Before the Chilean winger went anywhere near a piano, he was adored in North London. Often dragging Arsenal through games on his own, Sanchez was always on hand to deliver.
His post-Arsenal career has quite had the same flourish, but he has shown glimpses of his old self at Marseille this year. With 16 goals in this campaign, this has been by far his most prolific year since leaving the Gunners.
After spending four years with West Brom, Gibbs jetted off to the United States to join Inter Miami in 2021. He mutually agreed to terminate his deal with the club in February and has since joined the club’s broadcasting team.
ST: Olivier Giroud
Now the all-time top goalscorer for France, Giroud has cemented his legacy in the history of football. At this point we’ve almost become accustomed to the Puskas-worthy goals he scores each season.
The French forward added the Serie A title to his trophy collection last year with AC Milan and he still has a shot of winning the Champions League again this year.
— Premier League (@premierleague) January 1, 2022