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Unfair challenge on Aaron Ramsey by Aleksandar Kolarov results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Bacary Sagna.
Short corner taken by James Milner.
Aleksandar Kolarov replaces David Silva.
Kieran Gibbs produces a cross, Shot by Olivier Giroud from 6 yards. Joe Hart makes a comfortable save.
Theo Walcott takes a shot. Joleon Lescott manages to make a clearance.
Mario Balotelli is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.
Mario Balotelli on for Edin Dzeko.
Corner taken by Theo Walcott, save made by Joe Hart.
Gareth Barry concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Wilshere. Gareth Barry receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Santi Cazorla.
Bacary Sagna sends in a cross, Joleon Lescott makes a clearance.
Aaron Ramsey sends in a cross, clearance made by Gael Clichy.
Foul by David Silva on Jack Wilshere, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Jack Wilshere from right channel, Edin Dzeko manages to make a clearance.
Centre by Kieran Gibbs, Gael Clichy makes a clearance.
Theo Walcott handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Matija Nastasic.
James Milner has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
Olivier Giroud concedes a free kick for a foul on Francisco Javi Garcia. Joleon Lescott takes the direct free kick.
Theo Walcott challenges James Milner unfairly and gives away a free kick. Carlos Tevez leaves the field to be replaced by Joleon Lescott. Direct free kick taken by Gareth Barry.
Effort on goal by Carlos Tevez from 20 yards. Blocked by Kieran Gibbs.
Vincent Kompany gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere. The referee shows Vincent Kompany a red card for serious foul play. Francisco Javi Garcia goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed by Santi Cazorla, clearance made by Matija Nastasic.
Bacary Sagna fouled by Gael Clichy, the ref awards a free kick. Gael Clichy booked for unsporting behaviour. The ball is delivered by Santi Cazorla, Olivier Giroud has a headed effort from close range and clears the bar.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Francisco Javi Garcia on Olivier Giroud. Direct free kick taken by Thomas Vermaelen.
Edin Dzeko concedes a free kick for a foul on Bacary Sagna. Wojciech Szczesny takes the direct free kick.
David Silva delivers a pass corner to short, blocked by Jack Wilshere.
Foul by Olivier Giroud on Vincent Kompany, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Vincent Kompany.
Effort on goal by Santi Cazorla from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Theo Walcott by Matija Nastasic. Jack Wilshere crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel.
Theo Walcott concedes a free kick for a foul on Vincent Kompany. Jack Wilshere receives a caution. Joe Hart takes the direct free kick.
Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Per Mertesacker gets a block in.
Centre by David Silva, Thomas Vermaelen makes a clearance.
Carlos Tevez crosses the ball, save by Wojciech Szczesny.
Aaron Ramsey replaces Vassiriki Diaby.
Unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere by Edin Dzeko results in a free kick. Jack Wilshere restarts play with the free kick.
Bacary Sagna delivers the ball.
Olivier Giroud replaces Lukas Podolski.
Foul by Jack Wilshere on Francisco Javi Garcia, free kick awarded. Carlos Tevez takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere by James Milner results in a free kick. The referee shows James Milner a yellow card. Direct free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.
Bacary Sagna concedes a free kick for a foul on Gareth Barry. David Silva restarts play with the free kick.
Edin Dzeko concedes a free kick for a foul on Thomas Vermaelen. Direct free kick taken by Thomas Vermaelen.
Bacary Sagna produces a cross, Shot by Kieran Gibbs. Francisco Javi Garcia gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for a foul by David Silva on Jack Wilshere. Jack Wilshere takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jack Wilshere on David Silva. Joe Hart restarts play with the free kick.
Matija Nastasic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Theo Walcott. Jack Wilshere delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, clearance made by Gareth Barry.
James Milner sends in a cross, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Edin Dzeko misses to the left of the goal.
Theo Walcott is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Matija Nastasic restarts play with the free kick.
The offside flag is raised against Pablo Zabaleta. Free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.
The official flags Theo Walcott offside. Indirect free kick taken by Joe Hart.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Thomas Vermaelen on Edin Dzeko. Thomas Vermaelen booked. Francisco Javi Garcia takes the direct free kick.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by James Milner from the right by-line, Francisco Javi Garcia takes a shot. Jack Wilshere makes a clearance.
Shot by Vassiriki Diaby from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
Jack Wilshere fouled by David Silva, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Jack Wilshere, clearance made by Pablo Zabaleta.
The ball is crossed by Lukas Podolski, Gael Clichy manages to make a clearance.
James Milner is caught offside. Kieran Gibbs restarts play with the free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Matija Nastasic restarts play with the free kick.
Lukas Podolski takes a shot. Joe Hart makes a comfortable save.
Pablo Zabaleta challenges Lukas Podolski unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kieran Gibbs takes the free kick.
Carlos Tevez challenges Thomas Vermaelen unfairly and gives away a free kick. Wojciech Szczesny takes the direct free kick.
Centre by James Milner, Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Save by Wojciech Szczesny. Edin Dzeko finds the back of the net with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Arsenal 0-2 Man City.The assist for the goal came from Carlos Tevez.
The ball is crossed by Santi Cazorla, comfortable save by Joe Hart.
Vincent Kompany challenges Lukas Podolski unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shot comes in from Theo Walcott from the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Gareth Barry, Headed effort from inside the area by Francisco Javi Garcia misses to the left of the goal.
David Silva takes a short corner.
Effort from 20 yards by David Silva. Bacary Sagna gets a block in.
The ball is crossed by David Silva, Carlos Tevez has an effort at goal. Comfortable save by Wojciech Szczesny.
James Milner has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area missing to the wide left of the goal.
Goal scored by James Milner from inside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Arsenal 0-1 Man City.Carlos Tevez provided the assist for the goal.
Lukas Podolski concedes a free kick for a foul on Francisco Javi Garcia. Gareth Barry takes the free kick.
Shot by Edin Dzeko from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.
Effort on goal by Theo Walcott from just inside the area clears the bar.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Jack Wilshere, save by Joe Hart.
Centre by James Milner, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Vincent Kompany misses to the left of the goal.
Short corner taken by James Milner from the right by-line.
Foul by James Milner on Lukas Podolski, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.
Per Mertesacker on for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Laurent Koscielny concedes a Penalty for a foul on Edin Dzeko. Laurent Koscielny is sent off by the referee. A fantastic save by Wojciech Szczesny from penalty by Edin Dzeko. Arsenal 0-0 Man City.
Corner taken left-footed by David Silva from the left by-line, Pablo Zabaleta takes a shot. Bacary Sagna gets a block in.
David Silva takes a shot. Blocked by Thomas Vermaelen.
Lukas Podolski gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Milner. Free kick taken by Joe Hart.
Bacary Sagna delivers the ball, clearance by Matija Nastasic.
David Silva takes a outswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Lukas Podolski.
Wenger expects City shoot-out
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger maintains Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash with Manchester City at Emirates Stadium is an all or nothing showdown for both clubs.
The Gunners host the defending champions needing a victory to close back within striking distance of the top four.
City, meanwhile, cannot afford another poor showing at Emirates Stadium - where they have never won in the Premier League - if they are to hang onto the coattails of Manchester United, who host Liverpool in the lunchtime kick-off.
Wenger admits anything other than a maximum-points haul will do either side's ambitions little good.
"I think they are in a situation where a draw will not be good enough, and we are in the same situation," said the Arsenal manager.
"The fact that both teams have to absolutely go for a win promises a more open game.
"When you are in that (title) situation, you don't want to drop more points because it can be damaging for your chances."
Wenger added: "It (the championship) is still very open. When you watch the games, no team today goes into a Premier League game and is sure to win it, therefore I believe every team can drop points.
"It is much more open than people think it is."
Talk of a sustained title challenge from the Gunners may be pure fantasy once again following too many inconsistent performances, but Wenger knows his men cannot afford to start a run of potential season-defining fixtures with anything other than the required performance against the champions.
"At the moment we are still trying to shorten the distance between us and the top," said Wenger.
"The players are ambitious. This group has a fantastic attitude.
"They were not always playing in a positive environment, so it was not easy for them, but I could not for one day fault their concentration and focus to do well.
"I want this group to be rewarded and hope we can show that in the coming months."
City manager Roberto Mancini claims Manchester United are of no concern to him ahead of the key clash.
The Italian says he has no interest in his title rivals' much-hyped clash with Liverpool as he prepares for the trip to Arsenal.
With a number of key players missing - including Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero and Samir Nasri - Mancini wants to focus only on his own team and not the pressures of the title race.
He said: "We should go our way. We can't think about United or other teams.
"We don't see the table in this moment but at the end of February.
"Also it is difficult because we are missing important players but we want to do a good job on Sunday."
The Toure brothers, midfield star Yaya and defender Kolo, are preparing for the African Nations Cup with Ivory Coast, striker Aguero has a hamstring injury and former Arsenal playmaker Nasri is suspended.
Defender Aleksandar Kolarov is back in contention but Maicon, Micah Richards and Jack Rodwell are still sidelined.
Mancini said: "We can do nothing - Yaya is in South Africa but the problem is we are missing three or four important players, Samir, Sergio and the others.
"But I think if we work hard we can do well.
"Yes, we have had a lot of injuries this year. Last year we were really lucky, this year maybe not.
"We have had important players injured but this is football. We need to work, we need to work with players we have.
"We should take one or two young players because we have 16 and we hope we can recover injured players for next week."
Mancini is not concerning himself with United because he feels there is plenty of time to overhaul the deficit.
With City having memorably recovered from eight points down with six games remaining to win the title last season, he knows there is no need to panic yet.
He said: "I don't think we deserve to be seven points behind but now we can do nothing, only start to win.
"We have a difficult game now, because we play against Arsenal, but the season is long and is very difficult.
"We have another 17 games. I think we can recover these points."
City hope Aguero will be fit to return for next week's clash with Fulham.
The Argentinian, last season's top scorer with 30 goals, tore a hamstring in the New Year's Day win over Stoke.
Edin Dzeko and Carlos Tevez are likely to continue up front in his absence although Mario Balotelli is back in contention after overcoming a virus and scoring twice for the under-21s on Monday.
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