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  • Date:05 Jan 2011
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Emirates Stadium
  • Attendance:60,085
Goal!

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93:36 +3.36

Free kick awarded for a foul by Vincent Kompany on Francesc Fabregas. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Robin van Persie, save made by Joe Hart.

92:08 +2.08

Adam Johnson concedes a free kick for a foul on Johan Djourou. Direct free kick taken by Lukasz Fabianski.

89:53

Jerome Boateng replaces Vincent Kompany.

89:53

Jerome Boateng replaces Carlos Tevez.

89:35

Bacary Sagna sent off.

89:02

Pablo Zabaleta is sent off by the referee for violent conduct.

87:20

Foul by Micah Richards on Gael Clichy, free kick awarded. Gael Clichy takes the direct free kick.

87:04

James Milner is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Lukasz Fabianski.

86:19

Andrey Arshavin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Pablo Zabaleta. Pablo Zabaleta takes the direct free kick.

85:14

The referee blows for offside against Carlos Tevez. Indirect free kick taken by Lukasz Fabianski.

83:20

Unfair challenge on Francesc Fabregas by Vincent Kompany results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Robin van Persie.

80:53

(Arsenal) makes a substitution, with Nicklas Bendtner coming on for Jack Wilshere.

75:09

The official flags Adam Johnson offside. Lukasz Fabianski takes the free kick.

74:24

Free kick awarded for a foul by Laurent Koscielny on Carlos Tevez. Micah Richards takes the free kick.

73:42

James Milner is caught offside. Lukasz Fabianski restarts play with the free kick.

70:30

Samir Nasri takes a shot. Blocked by Kolo Toure.

67:59

Andrey Arshavin is brought on as a substitute for Theo Walcott.

67:03

Close range header by Gnegneri Toure Yaya misses to the right of the goal.

66:43

Corner taken by Adam Johnson from the right by-line, Bacary Sagna makes a clearance.

66:03

Free kick awarded for a foul by Laurent Koscielny on Carlos Tevez. Direct free kick taken by Carlos Tevez.

63:52

Adam Johnson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Joao Alves Jo.

60:44

Samir Nasri takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Carlos Tevez.

60:28

Robin van Persie takes a shot. Save made by Joe Hart.

58:24

James Milner gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alex Song. Direct free kick taken by Lukasz Fabianski.

54:09

Robin van Persie produces a left-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

53:58

Short corner taken by Robin van Persie from the right by-line.

53:21

Corner taken short by Francesc Fabregas.

48:59

Effort from outside the penalty area by Robin van Persie goes wide left of the goal.

48:00

The assistant referee flags for offside against Samir Nasri. Joe Hart restarts play with the free kick.

47:35

Inswinging corner taken by Robin van Persie from the right by-line played to the near post, save by Joe Hart.

44:18

Carlos Tevez has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the target.

41:44

Short corner taken by Robin van Persie.

41:32

Francesc Fabregas takes a shot. Blocked by Nigel De Jong.

39:31

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gnegneri Toure Yaya on Alex Song. Francesc Fabregas takes the free kick.

38:52

Robin van Persie takes a shot. Save made by Joe Hart.

38:32

Corner taken short by Robin van Persie.

38:20

Robin van Persie decides to take the corner short.

36:27

Micah Richards gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gael Clichy. Direct free kick taken by Gael Clichy.

35:50

Bacary Sagna fouled by Carlos Tevez, the ref awards a free kick. Johan Djourou takes the direct free kick.

33:05

Carlos Tevez produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.

29:53

The official flags Theo Walcott offside. Joe Hart takes the free kick.

28:54

Nigel De Jong is booked. Jack Wilshere fouled by Nigel De Jong, the ref awards a free kick. Johan Djourou takes the free kick.

27:41

The official flags Theo Walcott offside. Joe Hart restarts play with the free kick.

27:22

Francesc Fabregas has an effort at goal from the edge of the box hitting the post.

26:27

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Gareth Barry, clearance made by Johan Djourou.

25:25

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Milner by Samir Nasri. The ball is swung over by Gareth Barry, Effort on goal by Carlos Tevez from 6 yards. Alex Song makes a clearance.

23:10

Effort from the edge of the box by Theo Walcott goes wide of the left-hand post.

22:35

Gareth Barry challenges Francesc Fabregas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Robin van Persie restarts play with the free kick.

20:17

Gareth Barry is cautioned. Nigel De Jong challenges Bacary Sagna unfairly and gives away a free kick. Bacary Sagna takes the direct free kick.

16:49

Francesc Fabregas concedes a free kick for a foul on Gnegneri Toure Yaya. Micah Richards restarts play with the free kick.

16:25

Carlos Tevez is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Johan Djourou.

14:46

Joao Alves Jo concedes a free kick for a foul on Robin van Persie. Robin van Persie delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel.

9:34

Jack Wilshere takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.

9:05

Theo Walcott takes a shot. Vincent Kompany gets a block in.

8:07

Robin van Persie produces a left-footed shot from just inside the penalty box and hits the post.

5:01

Francesc Fabregas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kolo Toure. Direct free kick taken by Joe Hart.

3:10

Jack Wilshere takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.

2:13

Joao Alves Jo gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Bacary Sagna. Bacary Sagna takes the direct free kick.

1:36

Effort from the edge of the box by James Milner goes wide of the left-hand upright.

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

The ref blows to end the first period.

The referee gets the second half underway.

The final whistle is blown by the referee.

Match Preview

Arsenal have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the visit of Barclays Premier League title rivals Manchester City. Left-back Kieran Gibbs misses out but should be available for the weekend's FA Cup tie with Leeds after recovering from an ankle injury.

Midfielder Abou Diaby (calf), goalkeeper Manuel Almunia (ankle) and centre-back Thomas Vermaelen (Achilles) remain out. Arsenal have so far enjoyed a decent return from their Christmas fixtures, beating Chelsea on December 27 before drawing at Wigan and then seeing off Birmingham 3-0 at St Andrew's on New Year's Day.

However, boss Arsene Wenger accepts things could have been even better.

"I have a two-point frustration, but I am very happy with the attitude of the players and the team and of the way we improve from game to game," added Wenger, who made eight changes for the trip to Wigan, where his side conceded a late equaliser against 10 men.

"There are five teams in the fight. Some teams have a bit more belief than others, but that can change very quickly. Overall it promises to be a very interesting sprint.

"You always have a team after Christmas who finds a momentum and this team will win the championship."

David Silva and Mario Balotelli have been ruled out for Manchester City. The pair have failed to recover from their respective knee injuries, leaving manager Roberto Mancini to consider his options for the trip to north London.

City have not beaten the Gunners away from home since 1975 but know victory this time would open a five-point gap on Arsene Wenger's men. But they know three points on this occasion will cement their status in the top-two, with Tottenham and Chelsea also trailing.

"It is time to change it," said Mancini, of the 35-year wait for an away win.

"But I don't know if Arsenal will agree."

Clearly though, Mancini is intent on removing any pressure from his players' shoulders. Having claimed earlier in the season that Chelsea would win the title, the Italian is sticking with his prediction, in addition raising doubts over his own side's ability to sustain a challenge whilst emphasising the additional experience of City's rivals.

"Chelsea have more chance," he said.

"They have a problem at this moment because Carlo (Ancelotti) has three or four important players injured. When you have that situation for two or three months, it is very difficult.

"But Arsenal, Chelsea, United and Tottenham all have more experience than us and, probably, one of these four teams will win the title. We just want to try and stay there and improve."

Formation:433Manager: Arsene Wenger

Arsenal

Formation: 451Manager: Roberto Mancini

Man City

  • Lukasz Fabianski
  • Bacary Sagna
  • Johan Djourou
  • Laurent Koscielny
  • Gael Clichy
  • Alex Song
  • Jack Wilshere
  • Francesc Fabregas
  • Samir Nasri
  • Theo Walcott
  • Robin van Persie
  • SUBS
  • Wojciech Szczesny
  • Tomas Rosicky
  • Neves Denilson
  • Sebastien Squillaci
  • Andrey Arshavin
  • Marouane Chamakh
  • Nicklas Bendtner

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Match Report

Arsenal denied by resolute City Arsenal twice hit the woodwork as somehow Barclays Premier League title rivals Manchester City left Emirates Stadium with a point after a 0-0 draw. Robin van Persie and Cesc Fabregas both saw their first-half shots come back of the base of the same post. City then had goalkeeper Joe Hart to thank after he produced a wonderful fingertip save to deny Van Persie on the hour as Arsenal had to be content with only a point. The teams each finished with 10 men after full-backs Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna were shown straight red cards by referee Mike Jones for a needless clash by the touchline. Arsenal almost snatched an early lead when Samir Nasri played Jack Wilshere into the left side of the penalty area - but his cut-back was just too far ahead of Van Persie, with Theo Walcott's cross from the goalline then hacked clear. City - expected to shortly complete the #27million signing of striker Edin Dzeko from Wolfsburg - broke quickly down the right and James Milner drilled a low shot across the area. Van Persie again went within inches of putting Arsenal ahead when, after nine minutes, the Dutchman created space for a shot from the edge of the City box - and promptly drilled the ball against the base of Hart's right-hand post. After such a frantic start, it was no surprise to see the tempo of the match drop. Gareth Barry was cautioned after 21 minutes when he clattered into Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna as the right-back looked to break clear. At the other end, a deep free-kick found its way through to Carlos Tevez at the back post, but Alex Song was able to divert the loose ball behind. After 27 minutes, Arsenal again hit the woodwork after a quick break through Nasri and Fabregas down the left, with the Arsenal skipper cutting back inside to wrongfoot Heart only for his shot to bounce off the base of the same post as Van Persie's did. From the rebound, Walcott smashed an angled drive against the other upright, but the offside flag was already raised. There was a warning for Arsenal when City broke quickly down the right and Tevez drilled the ball just over from 20 yards. Arsenal were calling for a penalty when Walcott's cross hit Vincent Kompany's trailing arm, but the referee instead gave a only a corner. The Gunners continued to press as half-time approached, yet were thwarted by some brave last-gasp defending Arsenal soon were back on the offensive following the restart. Walcott was almost released, but Wilshere's pass ran through to Hart. On the hour, City's England number one made a fantastic save to send a goal-bound 25-yard drive from Van Persie over the crossbar. City boss Roberto Mancini then made a change, replacing the ineffective Jo with England winger Adam Johnson and the visitors looked much more balanced. As the match entered the final 22 minutes, Walcott was replaced by Arshavin. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger then sent on Nicklas Bendtner, for Wilshere, with 10 minutes left, looking to give Arsenal more presence in attack. Both teams finished the match with 10 men after full-backs Zabaleta and Sagna were shown straight red cards after pushing their heads together. Despite four minutes of stoppage time, the breakthrough would not come and City held on for a point which keeps them second, but sees leaders Manchester United the night's big winners. endM

Form Guide

    WWLWDW
  • Arsenal
  • VS
  • Man City
  • WWLWWW

Last Meetings

  • Man City
  • 0 - 3
  • Arsenal
  • 24/10/2010
  • Arsenal
  • 0 - 0
  • Man City
  • 24/04/2010
  • Man City
  • 4 - 2
  • Arsenal
  • 12/09/2009
  • Arsenal
  • 2 - 0
  • Man City
  • 04/04/2009
  • Man City
  • 3 - 0
  • Arsenal
  • 22/11/2008
  • Man City
  • 1 - 3
  • Arsenal
  • 02/02/2008

Top Scorers

Arsenal

  • S Nasri 8
  • M Chamakh 7
  • T Walcott 5
  • A Song 4
  • A Arshavin 3
  • F Fabregas 3
  • N Bendtner 2
  • R van Persie 1
  • B Sagna 1
  • V Diaby 1
  • L Koscielny 1
  • CG Vela 1
  • J Wilshere 1

Man City

  • CA Tevez 10
  • G Toure Yaya 3
  • A Johnson 3
  • M Balotelli 3
  • G Barry 2
  • P Vieira 1
  • J Lescott 1
  • PJ Zabaleta 1
  • DJ Silva 1
  • M Richards 1

Goals

Arsenal

    • Total goals 64
    • Goals per game 42
  • 2 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • 6 (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 5 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 7 (For) 6 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 7 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 8 (For) 5 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Man City

    • Total goals 55
    • Goals per game 33
  • 5 (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 4 (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 3 (For) Period 31-40 mins
  • 1 (For) Period 41-50 mins
  • 5 (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 4 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 4 (For) 5 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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