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Manchester City - Arsenal
Premier League - 24 October 2010
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The final whistle goes, and that's a big result for Arsenal, who now move up to second on goal difference. Just a shame Boyata's early red card meant it wasn't a more even contest.
Boateng has a curling strike from outside the box tipped over the bar by Fabianski. The Polish keeper has had a good game yet again.
Ther will be three added minutes, although many City fans are already on their way home.
Silva finds himself in loads of space and he squares for Adebayor... Clichy intercepts him for a corner.
That's Bendtner's first goal of the season, although he has been injured for most of it thus far.
GOAL!! Nasri keeps the ball in play on the halfway line and plays it into the path of Bendtner, who lifts a lovely finish over Hart!
Arsenal are settling back into keep-ball mode now. The City players just want this over with. Credit to them to sticking at it for so long, but that second goal really took the wind out of their sails.
Sagna plays a weighted ball down the channel for Walcott. The winger's first-time cross is too high even for Bendtner.
Arsenal substituion: Theo Walcott replaces Fabregas.
Arsenal substitution: Nicklas Bendtner replaces Chamakh.
Fabregas skips through three men beofre pulling a pass back to Chamakh... the striker fires way over the bar from the edge of the box.
Hart drops the ball as he comes out to claim it, but City scramble it clear.
Denilson elects to pass otu wide to Rosicky when he should have shot. The return pass is cut out by Boateng for a corner.
Arsenal have not won an away match by a two goal margin in the PL in almost eight months since they beat Stoke 1-3 on February 27, 2010. (Infostrada)
Richards is limping away after forcing Nasri to take the ball out for a goal kick. City have already made three changes.
Arsenal take a corner as the fourth official has a chat with some on-duty police about something. Hope there's nothing nasty happening in the crowd.
Adebayor has a close-range header saved by Fabianski... but he was offside anyway.
Balotelli chests a long ball down beofre being fouled by Denilson. Song breaks up the link-up between Silva and Balotelli.
Denilson fires in a low drive that Hart gathers up.
City substitution: Mario Balotelli replaces Barry.
Sagna knocks the ball past Kompany and then runs right into the Belgian. Kompany is slightly unfortunate to pick up a booking there.
Arsenal substitution: Tomas Rosicky replaces Arshavin.
Arsenal are looking to keep a clean sheet in an away match in the PL for the first time since January 27, 2010, when they drew at Aston Villa 0-0. Since that match, Arsenal have not kept a clean sheet in 11 successive away matches in the PL. (Infostrada)
Song's second league goal of the season has surely put this match beyond City now.
GOAL!! Bridge blocks a through ball from Fabregas for Chamakh but he plays it right into the path of Song who lashes a crisp finish past Hart to double Arsenal's lead!
Djourou rises to meet the corner but it's blocked and City clear.
Arshavin feeds Sagna on the right and Barry steams over to block the cross for a corner.
Arsenal again get the rub of the green as Fabregas tackles Milner by the byline and wins the goal kick.
Richards gets past Clichy this time. Clichy recovers and Djourou makes the tackle, but the referee gives a goal kick. Richards was unfortunate there, he has had a good game so far today.
The corner comes all the way to Denilson and adebayor takes the ball out of his path as the Brazilian was shaping to shoot.
Richards fights his way forward but can't get a clean hit on his cross and Arsenal clear. Arshavin wins a corner for Arsenal.
The way City are playing, you have to think they still have a chance as long as the score remains 1-0.
Arshavin drills a low effort at Hart fromt he edge of the box and the keeper is equal to it.
Kompany flicks the corner on and Adebayor heads over the bar! Fabianski came off his line and seemingly put his former team-mate off.
City can't work a chance from the corner but they retain the ball and win another thanks to Milner and Adebayor.
Barry feeds Silva inside the area and Fabianski blocks his effort well for a corner!
Great tackle from Boateng on Arshavin inside the City box. Adebayor surges down the right but Djourou stops his with a perfectly timed tackle.
The Russian's delivery is poor and an easy catch for Hart.
De Jong surges towards the corner flag past Sagna, but the defeder does enough to force a poor pass from the Dutchman. Arsenal break but neither Chamakh or Fabregas can get their shot off. Arshavin is brought down on the left.
Arsenal have lost their last two PL visits to the City of Manchester Stadium, conceding at least three goals in each, since their 3-1 victory in February 2008. In total, they have lost three of their last four PL visits to Manchester City, having previously won seven matches in a row. (Infostrada)
City substitution: Adebayor, who scored a hat-rick in Europe in midweek, replaces Tevez.
Hart repels a Clichy cross. Bridge weaves his way down the left and then City spread the play as they come forward. So good to see them play with attacking ambition despite being a man down.
Arshavin tries to pick out Chamakh, but the Moroccan's run was not quick enough to meet the pass.
A Premier League match involving Arsenal has seen seven red cards this season. This is already more than the last two seasons, in which Arsenal was involved. (Infostrada)
Great fight from Chamakh at the byline to get past Boateng. He finds fabregas, who exchanges passes with Nasri before hitting a tame effort at Hart.
The second half is underway!
City substitution: Wayne Bridge replaces Yaya Toure, who picked up a knock int he first half.
Nasri lifts the ball in, Kompany heads clear and thats the end of the half. a very entertaining one too, despite City losing a man so early on.
De Jong brings down Fabregas on the left-hand corner of the area. Danger here right before half-time...
Fabregas missed his second penalty in the Premier League. The Spaniard also missed his first penalty he took in the PL on December 5, 2009 (vs Stoke). (Infostrada)
There will be three minutes added on at the end of the half.
City have Arsenal pinned back in their own half at the moment. Kompany long-range ball lands in front of Silva, but the Spaniard can't vontrol after getting in behind his marker.
Richards twists and turns and is unlucky to only win a throw rather than a corner for his efforts.
Sagna's cross comes all the way to Arshavin on the other flank, and the Russian lines up a strike from distance... it swerves away from goal. Hart was not troubled there.
Silva's corner is whipped in and De Jong heads over the bar!
City surge forward and Nasri concedes the corner. Eastlands is rocking now!
HART SAVES!! The England keeper dives to his left and it's a nice height for him to block it and hold on to the ball!
PENALTY!! Kompany is late with his challenge on Fabregas just inside the area, and the referee points to the spot! Fabregas will take it...
Yaya Toure intercepts a poor pass in midfield and looks for Tevezx. The pair exchange passes but by the time Milner is up to support them Arsenal have regrouped and break down the move.
Tevez slips a through ball in for Silva, but the Spaniard can't get to it. More nice build-up from City there.
Referee Clattenburg has had a lot to deal with already in this match, and now he books Djourou for a foul on Tevez.
City are playing with a certain swagger despite being a goal and a man down. Silva is fouled again in the centre circle. The Spaniard is really beginning to hit his stride in English football now.
Song clatters into Silva and this time he does not escape a booking.
Silva floats in a free-kick from deep that Fabianski comes out to claim with confidence.
Song's ball over the top is too far ahead of Sagna, who reaches it after it goes out for a goal kick.
Emmanuel Adebayor is going for a jog along the sidelines. Could we see him come on soon? Tevez has already been over to the bench for a chat with the physio.
Milner plays a lovely ball down the right channel for Richards, who turns inside the box on to his left foot and curls a shot wide of the far upright!
Hart punches the corner clear. Fabregas trips De Jong over as the Dutchman leads the break and gets a booking.
Arshavin marauds forward but Milner tracks the Russian to block his shot at the expense of a corner.
Tevez slides in to beat Clichy to the punch, but Arshavin is on hand to support his team-mate.
Nasri is through on goal, but was caught offside.
Boyata received the fastest red card in the Premier League in more than two and a half years, since Jason Koumas was sent off in the fifth minute for Wigan against Bolton Wanderers on March 16, 2008. (Infostrada)
That's Nasri's seventh goal of the season in all competitions, and now City have it all to do.
GOAL!! Nasri plays a great one-two with Arshavin, and he loses Barry and runs on to the well-weighted return pass and blasts a finish inside the near post!
Tevez has Silva and Milner in front of him, but his pass to the latter is mistimed and the move breaks down.
Nasri's corner comes to Fabregas on the edge of the D. The skipper plays it out wide for Sagna to cross, and Djourou heads the inviting delivery over the bar.
Silva sneaks the ball into the path of Tevez, who toe-pokes an effort right at Fabianski as Clichy slid in with a challenge.
Arsenal haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last 15 away matches in all competitions. The Gunners have won just one of their last eight Premier League away games. (Opta)
Clichy hacks the loose ball into the stand with Richards ready to pounce. Milner digs out a cross on the turn that is an easy catch for Fabianski.
Alex Song trips Silva over. The home team call for a booking, but referee Clattenburg wisely exercises restraint.
Another booking, this time for Barry for a foul n fabregas, who has been in the wars already.
Barry and De Jong are ensuring that City are keeping plenty of the ball at the moment.
City so far not looking unduly troubled by being a man down.
Nigel de Jong slides in across Fabregas. The Arsenal skkipper limps away from the challenge, which warranted no more than a free-kick.
City are starting with their youngest line-up of the season. The average age of their starting 11 is 24 years and 264 days, their youngest since a 1-0 loss at Stoke on January 31, 2009. That average age has dropped even more now that the 19-year-old Boyata has been sent off.
Denilson brings down Tevez as City look to break from the corner, and the Brazilian gets a booking.
Another arsenal free-kick, this time from deep on the left. Played short and Tevez track back to concede a corner.
Arsenal try the surprise ball down the channel from the free-kick, but City hold firm and clear.
BOYATA SENT OFF! Marouane Chamakh is sent through on goal by Fabregas and Boyata brings him down as last man right on the edge of the box! He's got to go, referee Mark Clattenburg had no choice.
Tevez releases Micah Richards down the left, and the right-back's low cross is cleared by Squillaci.
Andrei Arshavin is caught just offside as he latches on to a Fabreags through ball.
Carlos Tevez shows his characterstic drive to power past Djourou down the left and square a low pass that David Silva almost turns in with a backheel flick! Fabianski is able to get down and stop it creeping in.
Arsenal kick off to get the biggest match of the weekend underway!
The players are out on the field. Before kick-off there is a minute's applause for City's legendary formar manager Malcolm Allison, who passed away recently.
Head-to-head: Manchester City and Arsenal have met 164 times in the league. Manchester City have won 43, Arsenal 83 and there have been 38 draws. They have met 26 times in the Premier League. Manchester City have won three, Arsenal 19 and there have been four draws. If Arsenal win today they will have picked up more PL victories and more PL points against City than any other PL club. (Infostrada)
Speaking of Adebayor, the Togo striker insists he sees his future at City: "I am committed to the club and the fight to win things and the fans should know that. I have had a row with the manager and so has Carlo Tevez. The reason we row is we are all so passionate."
City can close the gap at the top behind Chelsea to two points if they can beat Arsenal this afternoon. The Gunners will go second themselves on goal difference against both Manchester clubs if they can avenge last serason's defeat at Eastlands, which saw Emmanuel Adebayor's infamous celebration in front of the visiting fans.
Today's referee is Mark Clattenburg. The Gosforth official has dished out 20 yellow cards and one red in his seven games so far this season.
Match odds: Manchester City 13/10, Draw 21/10, Arsenal 9/5
Manchester City could be boosted by the return of Mario Balotelli, who has been restricted to just 33 minutes action after suffering a knee injury during his debut against Timisoara in August. However, after emerging unscathed from training, the £23m forward is only on the bench. Dedryck Boyata partners Vincent Kompany in the heart of the defence, with Carlos Tevez again the lone striker.
Full-back Bacary Sagna returns to the Arsenal team after recovering from a thigh problem. Fit-again strikers Nicklas Bendtner and Theo Walcott are included in the squad, but centre-half Laurent Koscielny (back), fellow defender Thomas Vermaelen (Achilles) and goalkeeper Manuel Almunia (elbow) remain out, while midfielder Jack Wilshere starts a three-match ban. Robin van Persie (ankle) and Aaron Ramsey (leg) are on course for a return next month.
Man City: Hart, Richards, Boyata, Kompany, Boateng, Silva, Toure Yaya, De Jong, Barry, Milner, Tevez. Subs: Given, Bridge, Adebayor, Adam Johnson, Lescott, Vieira, Balotelli /// Arsenal: Fabianski, Sagna, Djourou, Squillaci, Clichy, Nasri, Fabregas, Song, Denilson, Arshavin, Chamakh. Subs: Szczesny, Koscielny, Rosicky, Walcott, Eboue, Gibbs, Bendtner
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