You can't keep a good cliche down it seems. The latest chestnut to be rolled out is "at this time of year it is the result that matters rather than the performance." Er... no. Still the same number of points awarded in March for a win as in August. Ultimately it's the result that matters any time of the year.
If you didn't watch the game a 3-0 victory over Wigan, and a Carlos Tevez hat trick to boot, would imply a comfortable victory for City. The reality was that City struggled mightily to break down Roberto Martinez's side and it took a red card on Gary Caldwell to turn the tide.
There are two opinions on the sending off and it was interesting that Arsenal fans thought it was an immediate red card and the type of tackle that has caused such serious injury to their players. Caldwell's challenge was clumsy and ill advised, but from my perspective it seemed a little harsh to warrant a straight red.
The expectation was that Wigan would close up shop and be even harder to break down however City found a way through and once Tevez had scored his first the floodgates opened.
City were very poor and rightly booed off the pitch at half time. Patrick Vieira in particular looked about six yards off the pace and the Frenchman's signing seems more and more suspect. The former Arsenal man in a three defensive midfield diamond at least makes some sense but not as a partner to Nigel de Jong in the middle of the park in a standard 4-4-2 which is what City played against the Latics.
Tevez never stopped running and it was good to see Adebayor in his return from suspension also put in a good shift of work.
Bottom line, job done, three points in the bag and back up to fifth place. 'cos as you know at this time of year it's the result that matters.