City maintained their pursuit of Manchester United with a 2-0 win
at the Emirates with an ultimately comfortable performance defined by the
early dismissal of Laurent Koscielny.
First half goals from James Milner and Edin Dzeko settled the match before
half-time, and City maintained their lead despite seeing captain Vincent
Kompany sent-off for a studs-showing sliding tackle on Jack Wilshere in the
Arsenal fans were furious at referee Mike Dean’s decision to send off
Koscielny, and the free-kick that led to Milner’s goal, but both decisions
were proved to be correct.
The Kompany dismissal will reignite the debate over tackling as he won the
ball, but under the current interpretation, the challenge with both feet off
the ground was bound to attract the referee’s attention.
The game turned on Koscielny’s dismissal in the ninth minute, after he crudely
dragged Dezeko to the ground in what amounted to a rugby tackle.