Dropped the odd ball in the air but could not have done much with the goals. One brilliant save from Wilshere and another from Walcott.
A few marauding runs had City fans out of their seats; this was a sharp 90 minutes for the recovering captain.
Found space at will to attack down Arsenal's left side and gave Monreal a tough time. Set up Negredo with a fine delivery.
Kept the ball well for City and defended well considering the relative lack of support from his midfielders in that area.
A few loose passes caused a few sighs but the Argentine was a huge threat from set-pieces, setting up Aguero's goal.
Accurate set-piece delivery and always a threat due to the effective lines of communication with those around him.
Made an uncharacteristic slip to gift Arsenal an equaliser but was his dominant self thereafter. Got in on the action with a late penalty.
Another imperious display. Put out fires, set City moving and capped it off with two brilliant goals.
Always involved, always dangerous. Linked the play with his passing capabilities and eased his side into the clear with a tidy finish.
Worked tirelessly. Ran the Arsenal back line ragged and never let up. Scored one and should have had another.
Losing their talisman to another injury is a crushing blow for City. Until that point he was lively and scored another to set his side on the path to victory.
Brought Milner down for a late penalty to blot his copybook and could not have been expected to save the rest.
Arsenal's best route to goal as he popped up time and again on the right to deliver crosses, including one for Mertesacker's goal.
Given a torrid time by Zabaleta & Co. on his flank but was not helped by the lack of cover in front of him.
Made his fair share of blocks and interceptions but was on the back foot from the off. A captain's goal late on.
Could not get to grips with Negredo, who bullied him during his short time on the pitch. Replaced due to a nasty-looking knee injury.
Not the commanding figure that he has been in recent weeks. The shackles were on him and he only found space once to play Walcott in for his brilliant second.
Overrun in the centre of midfield by Toure and Fernandinho and was sacrificed as the Gunners sought more attacking momentum.
Too peripheral to be regarded as a true influence but he did provide a nice assist for Walcott.
Cut as frustrated figure by the end; this was a match that he will want to forget. Fielded out of position, he contributed little and gave the ball away late for the fifth.
Showed a lack of sharpness up front as the Frenchman fluffed his one big chance and lost the ball to the physically dominant Demichelis and Kompany.
Two goals for the Englishman and he could have had more were it not for a brilliant late Pantilimon save. A fine performance, trying to drag under-performing colleagues along with him.