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Arsenal 'always had bodies in key areas'

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Former Manchester City defender Nedum Onuoha praised Arsenal's defensive play and formation as they earned a point at Etihad Stadium.

"A lot of praise will go towards their two centre-backs, who were really competitive," said Onuoha on BBC Radio 5 Live's Football Daily Podcast. "But I liked their whole defensive structure.

"There were times when the ball would go out wide on Manchester City's right-hand-side and Jakub Kiwior would not go out there, it was Bukayo Saka, and then Declan Rice would move over and cover him.

"They made sure they always had bodies in key areas.

"Those wingers were really putting the work in to make sure they were there to support the full-backs."

Arsenal, who played with an effective six-man back-line, stopped Manchester City from scoring in a Premier League game at the Etihad Stadium for the first time since October 2021.

"Individually they were good but collectively they were brilliant," added Onuoha. " I am very impressed by it.

"It was interesting because a lot of teams would struggle to get through when there are so many bodies in those areas. There is no space available."

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