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  • Date:2010-04-24
  • Kick-off:17:30
  • Venue:Emirates Stadium
  • Attendance:60086
  • Referee:Dean, M

Live Commentary


Full Time: Arsenal 0 - 0 Man City. Each side will take their share of the spoils after a rare and disappointing goalless draw in North London.


Arsenal look the more likely to create something in the closing stages but finding an opening in the City defence is proving difficult.


City have defended stubbornly this evening and have every player behind the ball at current.


The fourth official indicates there will be eight minutes of added time following the injury to Given.


Bellamy comes close to latching onto a dangerous through ball before Fabianski diffuses the danger.


Bellamy finds room for a shot outside the area but it is a tame effort in the end and Fabianski comfortably collects the ball.


Van Persie lines up the free-kick and bends it inches wide of the keeper's left-hand post.


Eboue runs at the City defence before being brought down on the edge of the box by Zabaleta who is shown the yellow card.


Van Persie is cautioned for a late challenge on public enemy Adebayor.


Bellamy unfairly tackles van Persie and is booked by the referee.


Nasri sends a high ball into the penalty area and his misjudgment sees the ball tantalisingly loop over the keeper and onto the roof of the net


Richards fizzes a dangerous looking cross into the box looking for Adebayor but Campbell reads the situation and snuffs out the attack.


The change eventually comes and Faroe Islands international Gunnar Nielsen comes on to make his Premier League debut.


Given is yet to leave the field and is receiving oxygen on the pitch from paramedics.


The stretcher is on for Given who will be disappointed to see and end to his ever-present record in the Premiership this season.


Given is in some distress following the save and receives treatment on his shoulder from the City physios.


Diaby gets a sight of goal and sees a 25-yard effort tipped around the post by Given.


Tomas Rosicky makes way for Emmanuel Eboue.


Theo Walcott comes off for Nicklas Bendtner.


Song shows dissent and is shown the yellow card by Mike Dean.


The visitors are seeing plenty of the ball at the moment and look the more dangerous of the two sides.


Adebayor rides two challenges and threatens the Arsenal defence. Bellamy is in a great position but Adebayor must have silencing the home crowd on his mind as he takes the ball all the way to the byline and eventually puts it out of play.


Toure is in an attacking position following a City corner and gets a cross in from the byline. Sol Campbell charges it down and Toure appeals for handball but the referee waves away the protests.


Rosicky plays a neat one-two with Nasri and gets a shot on goal from outside the box but Given remains largely untroubled.


The flag stays down as Johnson races through on goal but Fabianski rushes off his line to smother the loose ball.


The edginess of this tie is clear to see as tempers flare between Bellamy and Song.


The introduction of Adebayor may be exactly what this game needs with the second-half starting exactly as the first ended.


A massive contrast in reception from the home faithful. Viera is applauded as he leaves the field to be replaced by Adebayor who is met with hostility.


Diaby picks up a booking after a challenge on Tevez.


Nasri plants a cross on the head of van Persie whose header loops over the crossbar.


Song finds some space in the box but the move is snuffed out and the Cameroonian picks up a knock in the process.


Emmanuel Adebayor is warming up on the touchline, much to the distaste of the Arsenal support following his celebration antics against his former employers back in September.


The second-half is underway.


Half Time: Arsenal 0 - 0 Man City. Chances have been few and far between at the Emirates and a slow 45 minutes unsurprisingly ends goalless.


The City defence have to deal with some pressure as the half winds down but manage to cut out Diaby's cutting pass through to van Persie in a dangerous area.


Van Persie sends a shot goalwards from a tight angle but can only find the side netting.


Tomas Rosicky comes to life as we approach half-time but is brought down by a City player after a mazy run and the referee waves play on.


Silvestre's poor challenge on Carlos Tevez sees the defender pick up the first booking of the game.


Craig Bellamy gets in behind the Arsenal defence and plays a ball across the face of goal but is ruled offside by the linesman.


Walcott slices a half volley wide of the mark from 20-yards in an attempt to give the home support something to cheer about.


Zabaleta fends off another Arsenal attack as the Gunners become increasingly frustrated.


A couple of corners from the hosts leave Given untroubled as Mikael Silvestre's header loops wide of the post.


Nasri takes on Richards down the right flank and shows trickery before winning a corner off Kompany.


The hosts seem to have found their groove now as the best move of the half sees Alex Song play through van Persie whose shot is turned behind by Kompany.


Nasri is dubiously ruled offside after latching onto a through ball and finding himself one-on-one with Given.


Bridge has not fully recovered from the earlier knock and is replaced by Micah Richards. Pablo Zabaleta moves to left back for the visitors.


Nasri is desperately trying to find an opening for Arsenal. Van Persie sees a cross come his way but does not have the beating of Toure in the air.


That move has been the story of the game so far with Kompany looking solid at the back for Mancini's side.


Nasri picks up the ball in a dangerous position but his attempted pass to van Persie is cut out by Kompany on the edge of the box.


Arsenal move players forward for a set-piece but Samir Nasri's free-kick sails into the arms of Shay Given.


We are still yet to see a real chance on goal at the Emirates after sixteen minutes of play.


The visitors can take advantage of Spurs' defeat at Old Trafford here and three points would help massively in their push for the fourth Champions League place.


Play stops momentarily as Wayne Bridge receives treatment for a suspected dead leg.


City are getting the bulk of their men behind the ball on every occasion and Arsene Wenger's side are frustrated at being unable to find no gaps in their defence.


Van Persie swings a cross into the box but Samir Nasri is held off by ex-Gunner Kolo Toure and the ball runs out of play.


Adam Johnson springs the offside trap and is close to latching onto a long Vincent Kompany ball before Lukasz Fabianski smothers the loose ball.


Man City are yet to get a grip on the game and it is Arsenal who are spreading the ball across the full length of the pitch.


The hosts enjoy an early spell of possession and Robin van Persie finds some space inside the box but fails to get a shot away on his weaker side.


Referee Mike Dean gets the game underway.


Patrick Vieira comes into the Man City starting eleven to face his former side but Emmanuel Adebayor does not do likewise, beginning the game on the bench. Micah Richards is also amongst the substitutes following a knee injury.


Arsenal welcome Alex Song and Robin van Persie back into the starting line-up. Eduardo also returns from injury to join Craig Eastmond and Nicklas Bendtner who started in the game at Wigan last weekend.

Match Preview

Following consecutive defeats away at Tottenham and Wigan Athletic, Arsene Wenger's gaze has shifted from having the title firmly in his sights to nervously peering over his shoulder at the chasing pack.

The visitors to the Emirates on Saturday, Manchester City, currently find themselves in fifth place, nine points behind the Gunners but only two behind Tottenham, who currently reside in that all-important fourth Champions League spot.

However, the Citizens do have a game in hand over Arsenal so a win at the weekend could be hugely important for Roberto Mancini's men.

With the Gunners taking just three points from seven games against the teams in the current top five - fewer than any of the other four clubs - City may well fancy their chances in north London.

While up front, the Manchester club also have two players capable of hurting the Gunners. The in-form Carlos Tevez has now scored 20 goals in his last 19 Premier League matches while former Gunner Emmanuel Adebayor has already scored against Arsenal this season.

On the other hand, Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has scored nine goals in his last 12 matches in all competitions while overall, the Gunners have won 10 and lost none of their 12 Premier League home games against Man City.

Dutch striker Robin van Persie, who is finally back in action, may join the Dane up front on Saturday, however, the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Aaron Ramsay, William Gallas, Thomas Vermaelen, Johan Djourou and Kieran Gibbs are all still keeping the Arsenal medical team busy.

Alex Song and Andrey Arshavin could return on Saturday and the Russian playmaker is eager to finish the campaign on a high.

"This season has been tough, tight, sometimes it was even difficult for me and my team but in general it was not bad, " he said. "Hopefully we will win the last three games."

City also have long-term injury worries, with defenders Joleon Lescott and Sylvinho along with Martin Petrov and Michael Johnson all still out of action.

However, Micah Richards hopes to return from a knee problem for the visit to Arsenal.

"I am going to train later this week as long as it is comfortable hopefully be available for the Arsenal game," explained Richards.


Match Report

Arsenal and Manchester City shared the spoils in a hard fought 0-0 draw at the Emirates Stadium that saw both sides fail to make real ground in a bid to fulfil their respective ambitions.

With the Gunners having suffered three defeats in succession, cementing third place has suddenly become a priority.

Manchester City will have been buoyed by city rivals Manchester United's 3-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur earlier in the day and would have been looking for a win against the Gunners to take maximum advantage.

Former Gunners Patrick Vieira and Kolo Toure started the game, but Emmanuel Adeboayor was relegated to the bench suffering from an apparent thigh strain.

The boos will no doubt echo loudly as soon as he rises to commence a warm up.

Arsenal enjoyed the lion's share of possession in the first half, but Shay Given was rarely tested and at the other end Lukasz Fabianski was a virtual spectator.

Arsenal had five attempts at goal, all but one off target, City had none.

It was not until the 39th minute that Given was forced into a save, a fierce shot from an acute angle on the left flank that Samir Nasri drove straight into the Irishman's chest at the near post.

The Citizens' Adebayor, who began warming up on the sidelines, received a chorus of boos immediately after half time.

A god run on the left from Nasri saw him shrug off the challenge of Micah Richards to send a cross in for Robin Van Persie who headed just over.

Seven minutes into the second half, Adebayor was on for Vieira who was cheered off as the Tongolese striker was booed into the action.

An intense technical game, suddenly became a very heated one.

Referee Mike Dean warned Craig Bellamy and Alex Song and both captains were called together in an attempt to calm matters down.

Adebayor certainly gave Manchester City an added urgency, but Fabianski remained untested.

Arsenae Wenger switched to 4-4-2 when Bendtner took to the stage in the 69th minutes as did Emmanuel Eboue, with Tomas Rosicky and Theo Walcott going off.

Abou Diaby went close in the 70th minute with a shot from just outside the area that Given parried for a corner. In making the save the City 'keeper damaged his shoulder and has to be replaced by Gunnar Nielsen.

Van Persie was inches away from breaking the deadlock when his freekick shaved the outside of the angle of the goal with the substitute 'keeper well beaten.

Manchester City's first shot on target came four minutes from the end of regular time.

However, a tame strike from Carlos Tevez was easily gathered by Fabianski.

A second effort followed for the visitors within a minute, a toe poke from Bellamy that the Arsenal 'keeper claimed with relative ease again.

Eight minutes of added time followed, largely as a consequence of the injury to Given.

Arsenal continued to press forward but City defended resiliently and the spoils were shared at the end.


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