A superb strike from Samir Nasri with a magical assist from David Silva...

The scoring began in the 56th minute when David Silva’s wonderful pass sent Samir Nasri racing clear and he made no mistake drilling the ball past Brad Friedel with all the joy that comes with being an ex-Gunner.

Three minutes later it was 2-0 despite Joleon Lescott ending in the back of the net before the ball as he scrambled home Edin Dzeko’s flick on from a corner.

That ought to have been that but Stefan Savic’s poor header allowed Jermain Defoe to pull one back within a minute and the clock hands had barely moved again before Gareth Bale swept home a magnificent equaliser.