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  • Date:08 Apr 2012
  • Kick-off:16:00
  • Venue:Emirates Stadium
  • Attendance:60,096
Goal!

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94:25 +4.25

Effort from deep inside the area by Aaron Ramsey misses to the right of the target. Pablo Zabaleta goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

93:24 +3.24

Foul by Laurent Koscielny on Carlos Tevez, free kick awarded. Aleksandar Kolarov has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.

91:39 +1.39

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gareth Barry on Tomas Rosicky. Mikel Arteta takes the direct free kick.

89:01

Foul by Mario Balotelli on Bacary Sagna, free kick awarded. Red card for Mario Balotelli. Wojciech Szczesny restarts play with the free kick.

87:57

Mario Balotelli takes a shot from long range which goes wide right of the goal.

86:01

Mikel Arteta gets on the score sheet with a brilliant goal from a long way out to the bottom right corner of the goal. Arsenal 1-0 Man City.

84:39

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on for Theo Walcott.

82:45

Carlos Tevez replaces Sergio Aguero. Corner taken left-footed by Aleksandar Kolarov to the near post, save made by Wojciech Szczesny.

80:25

Unfair challenge on Mario Balotelli by Aaron Ramsey results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Aleksandar Kolarov, comfortable save by Wojciech Szczesny.

77:56

(Arsenal) makes a substitution, with Aaron Ramsey coming on for Yossi Benayoun. Samir Nasri goes off and Aleksandar Kolarov comes on.

75:18

Theo Walcott takes a shot. Joe Hart makes a save. Yossi Benayoun takes a shot. Blocked by Vincent Kompany. Robin van Persie takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Vincent Kompany manages to make a clearance. James Milner concedes a free kick for a foul on Clarindo Andre Santos. Free kick taken by Clarindo Andre Santos.

71:44

Theo Walcott takes a shot. Joleon Lescott gets a block in. Robin van Persie takes a short corner.

70:44

Yossi Benayoun takes a shot. Vincent Kompany gets a block in.

69:58

The assistant referee flags for offside against Robin van Persie. Joe Hart takes the free kick.

66:58

Gareth Barry fouled by Laurent Koscielny, the ref awards a free kick. Laurent Koscielny receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed by David Pizarro.

65:51

Gareth Barry fouled by Tomas Rosicky, the ref awards a free kick. Joe Hart takes the direct free kick.

63:07

Tomas Rosicky challenges Gael Clichy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gael Clichy takes the free kick.

61:59

Header from close range by Robin van Persie strikes the post.

61:01

Yossi Benayoun takes a shot. Joe Hart makes a comfortable save.

59:41

James Milner is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Clarindo Andre Santos.

58:28

Clarindo Andre Santos challenges Mario Balotelli unfairly and gives away a free kick. The referee cautions Clarindo Andre Santos for unsporting behaviour. James Milner delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right by-line, clearance by Laurent Koscielny.

57:29

James Milner takes a outswinging corner. Sergio Aguero has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.

55:23

James Milner concedes a free kick for a foul on Tomas Rosicky. James Milner goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Kieran Gibbs leaves the field to be replaced by Clarindo Andre Santos. Robin van Persie crosses the ball in from the free kick, Vincent Kompany manages to make a clearance.

53:34

The assistant referee signals for offside against Robin van Persie. Free kick taken by Joe Hart.

52:36

Sergio Aguero takes a shot. Wojciech Szczesny makes a save. Corner taken right-footed by James Milner to the near post, Joleon Lescott has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.

50:50

Sergio Aguero concedes a free kick for a foul on Laurent Koscielny. Free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.

49:29

Mikel Arteta fouled by Samir Nasri, the ref awards a free kick. Wojciech Szczesny restarts play with the free kick.

47:53 +2.53

The assistant referee signals for offside against Robin van Persie. Free kick taken by Joe Hart.

47:21 +2.21

Mario Balotelli is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.

46:50 +1.50

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gareth Barry by Yossi Benayoun. Vincent Kompany takes the direct free kick.

46:12 +1.12

The offside flag is raised against Sergio Aguero. Wojciech Szczesny takes the free kick.

45:21

Yossi Benayoun concedes a free kick for a foul on Pablo Zabaleta. Pablo Zabaleta restarts play with the free kick.

41:59

Theo Walcott is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Joe Hart restarts play with the free kick.

40:44

Kieran Gibbs is caught offside. Free kick taken by Joe Hart.

38:50

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by James Milner, clearance made by Kieran Gibbs.

38:26

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joleon Lescott by Robin van Persie. Joleon Lescott restarts play with the free kick.

37:21

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mario Balotelli on Bacary Sagna. The referee shows Mario Balotelli a yellow card. Wojciech Szczesny takes the free kick.

33:05

Unfair challenge on Kieran Gibbs by Gareth Barry results in a free kick. Mikel Arteta crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Joe Hart.

30:45

Gael Clichy fouled by Bacary Sagna, the ref awards a free kick. David Pizarro restarts play with the free kick.

29:46

Corner taken by Gareth Barry, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Joleon Lescott misses to the left of the goal.

28:37

Sergio Aguero challenges Mikel Arteta unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mikel Arteta restarts play with the free kick.

28:08

The referee gives a free kick against Pablo Zabaleta for handball. Free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.

26:29

The official flags Sergio Aguero offside. Indirect free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.

24:50

Inswinging corner taken by Gareth Barry, Mario Balotelli takes a shot. Kieran Gibbs gets a block in.

23:35

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alex Song by David Pizarro. Direct free kick taken by Laurent Koscielny.

21:53

Corner taken by Mikel Arteta from the left by-line, Close range header by Laurent Koscielny goes over the crossbar.

18:04

Foul by Alex Song on Sergio Aguero, free kick awarded. David Pizarro takes the free kick.

16:44

Gnegneri Toure Yaya goes off and David Pizarro comes on.

16:08

Samir Nasri gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Thomas Vermaelen. Laurent Koscielny restarts play with the free kick.

13:46

Corner taken by Mikel Arteta from the left by-line played to the near post, Robin van Persie takes a shot. Tomas Rosicky produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.

12:52

Theo Walcott sends in a cross, clearance by Vincent Kompany.

10:42

Unfair challenge on Alex Song by Mario Balotelli results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.

9:03

Alex Song gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gnegneri Toure Yaya. Joe Hart takes the free kick.

7:44

Tomas Rosicky takes a shot. Blocked by Vincent Kompany. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Mikel Arteta.

6:33

Centre by Bacary Sagna, Vincent Kompany manages to make a clearance.

5:29

Robin van Persie challenges Joleon Lescott unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes the free kick.

4:54

Mario Balotelli is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Wojciech Szczesny takes the indirect free kick.

3:48

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

2:56

The referee blows for offside. Mikel Arteta takes the indirect free kick.

1:35

Foul by Gnegneri Toure Yaya on Tomas Rosicky, free kick awarded. Gnegneri Toure Yaya is given a yellow card. Mikel Arteta delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, clearance by Vincent Kompany. Corner taken by Mikel Arteta, Mario Balotelli manages to make a clearance.

1:17

Unfair challenge on Alex Song by Samir Nasri results in a free kick. Mikel Arteta takes the free kick.

Match Preview

Mancini expecting on-song Gunners Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini expects Arsenal to be back on top form for his side's crucial trip to the Emirates Stadium. City can ill afford any more slip-ups in the Barclays Premier League title race after falling five points behind rivals Manchester United with seven games to play. Arsenal, who have their own Champions League ambitions to satisfy, stuttered themselves as they were beaten at relegation-threatened QPR. But after winning their previous seven league games, Mancini sees that result as a mere blip and believes City will need to be at their best to win and keep the pressure on United. Mancini said: "It was a surprise for me, I didn't think this - Arsenal played the last seven games and they won all that they played. QPR probably did a good game. "Sunday for us will be a difficult game, playing against a top squad like Arsenal. "But we should play our game, we should play well, not like against Sunderland. If we play better we can do well." City began March with a two-point lead at the top of the table, but a surprise defeat at Swansea and frustrating draws against Stoke and Sunderland have seen the odds swing in United's favour. But with a Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium still to come later this month, City only need United to drop points in one game to regain control of their title destiny - providing they win games themselves. Mancini conceded this week that defeat at Arsenal, coupled with a United victory over QPR, would effectively condemn City to the runners-up spot. Yet that is not a thought he is entertaining as he remains determined to take the race to the wire. The Italian said: "We can't think this now. We should think we can win the title - seven games to the end, with one derby to play at home. I think we can win this title. "Last year we did 71 points - now we are at 71 with seven games left. "I think we should do the maximum we can do in seven games and then after we will see." Top-scorer Sergio Aguero could return after missing the last two matches due to a much-discussed foot injury. Joleon Lescott will also be welcomed back in defence after five games out with a hip injury and midfielder Samir Nasri is available to face his former club. Arsene Wenger has challenged Arsenal to end any doubt over what the end-of-season run-in will bring by winning all of their remaining seven matches - starting with title-chasing City. Arsenal could need victory to move back ahead of Tottenham, who are behind in fourth only on goal difference and travel to Sunderland on Saturday lunchtime. Wenger, though, expects his side to produce the required performance which saw them win seven on the spin before a lacklustre effort at QPR was punished by a 2-1 defeat last weekend. "We have been consistent in the last two months and if we maintain that consistency there will not be many twists and turns," the Arsenal manager said. "You never know how easy a programme is in this Premier League because if you look at the last two months we won at Liverpool and Everton, and then lost at QPR. "That was not really predictable, so it is still difficult to predict." Wenger added: "I am convinced we can finish third, like Tottenham are convinced they can do it. That is normal because we are at the same level of points." Gunners skipper Robin van Persie echoed Wenger's call for the team to concentrate on their own jobs rather than worry about what City may or may not do. "We are well prepared, because you have to know your stuff about the opposition, but in the end it's about your own performance that will hopefully make the difference," Van Persie wrote in his programme notes for tomorrow's match at Emirates Stadium. "I am confident that we can get a good result - we have to get three points, a draw is not that good for either of us, so it should be a great game." The Gunners reported no fresh injury concerns ahead of the game.

Formation:4231Manager: Arsene Wenger

Arsenal

Formation: 4231Manager: Roberto Mancini

Man City

  • Wojciech Szczesny
  • Bacary Sagna
  • Laurent Koscielny
  • Thomas Vermaelen
  • Kieran Gibbs
  • Mikel Arteta
  • Alex Song
  • Theo Walcott
  • Tomas Rosicky
  • Yossi Benayoun
  • Robin van Persie
  • SUBS
  • Lukasz Fabianski
  • Clarindo Andre Santos
  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • Aaron Ramsey
  • Johan Djourou
  • Carl Jenkinson
  • Marouane Chamakh

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Match Report

Form Guide

    WWWWWL
  • Arsenal
  • VS
  • Man City
  • WWLWDD

Last Meetings

  • Man City
  • 1 - 0
  • Arsenal
  • 18/12/2011
  • Arsenal
  • 0 - 0
  • Man City
  • 05/01/2011
  • 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

Top Scorers

Arsenal

  • R van Persie 25
  • T Walcott 7
  • M Arteta 5
  • T Vermaelen 5
  • YK Gervinho 4
  • A Ramsey 2
  • A Oxlade-Chamberlain 2
  • Y Benayoun 1
  • T Rosicky 1
  • C Andre Santos 1
  • M Chamakh 1
  • B Sagna 1
  • A Song 1
  • L Koscielny 1
  • K Gibbs 1

Man City

  • SL Aguero 14
  • E Dzeko 13
  • M Balotelli 10
  • A Johnson 5
  • DJ Silva 5
  • G Toure Yaya 4
  • S Nasri 4
  • J Lescott 2
  • J Milner 2
  • V Kompany 2
  • A Kolarov 2
  • G Barry 1
  • M Richards 1
  • S Savic 1

Goals

Arsenal

    • Total goals 103
    • Goals per game 62
  • 6 (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 7 (For) 5 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 9 (For) 6 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 7 (For) 4 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 6 (For) 8 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 7 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 13 (For) 6 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Man City

    • Total goals 116
    • Goals per game 75
  • 3 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) Period 11-20 mins
  • 8 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 6 (For) 4 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 8 (For) 1 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 15 (For) 6 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 9 (For) 5 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 9 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 15 (For) 6 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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