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David Silva takes a short corner.
Inswinging corner taken by David Silva from the left by-line.
Corner taken right-footed by David Silva. Jerome Boateng takes a shot. Save made by Lukasz Fabianski.
The official flags Mario Balotelli offside. Direct free kick taken by Lukasz Fabianski.
Emmanuel Adebayor takes a shot. Jerome Boateng gets a block in. Bacary Sagna produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.
Nicklas Bendtner finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man City 0-3 Arsenal.Assist by Samir Nasri.
Nicklas Bendtner replaces Marouane Chamakh. Theo Walcott comes on in place of Francesc Fabregas.
Marouane Chamakh takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.
Inswinging corner taken by Samir Nasri from the left by-line, save made by Joe Hart.
Short corner worked by Samir Nasri.
Emmanuel Adebayor is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Lukasz Fabianski takes the indirect free kick.
Mario Balotelli fouled by Neves Denilson, the ref awards a free kick. David Silva restarts play with the free kick.
Neves Denilson takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
Bacary Sagna fouled by Vincent Kompany, the ref awards a free kick. Vincent Kompany is given a yellow card. Gareth Barry goes off and Mario Balotelli comes on. Direct free kick taken by Francesc Fabregas, A cross is delivered by Vincent Kompany, save made by Joe Hart.
Micah Richards fouled by Neves Denilson, the ref awards a free kick. Tomas Rosicky joins the action as a substitute, replacing Andrey Arshavin. Nigel De Jong takes the direct free kick.
Neves Denilson handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Nigel De Jong.
Andrey Arshavin concedes a free kick for a foul on Micah Richards. James Milner takes the direct free kick.
Alex Song scores a goal from inside the box to the top left corner of the goal. Man City 0-2 Arsenal.
Corner from right by-line taken by Samir Nasri.
Samir Nasri takes the inswinging corner, Emmanuel Adebayor manages to make a clearance.
Andrey Arshavin takes a shot. Joe Hart makes a save.
Emmanuel Adebayor has a header from inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.
Corner taken by David Silva from the left by-line played to the near post.
Corner from left by-line taken by David Silva.
David Silva takes a shot. Lukasz Fabianski makes a save.
Gael Clichy fouled by Vincent Kompany, the ref awards a free kick. Francesc Fabregas takes the direct free kick.
David Silva is ruled offside. Emmanuel Adebayor joins the action as a substitute, replacing Carlos Tevez. Direct free kick taken by Lukasz Fabianski.
Gael Clichy delivers the ball, save by Joe Hart.
Francesc Fabregas takes a shot. Joe Hart makes a save.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Nigel De Jong on Francesc Fabregas. Samir Nasri delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, clearance by Vincent Kompany.
Jerome Boateng gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Francesc Fabregas. Free kick taken by Andrey Arshavin.
Neves Denilson takes a shot. Vincent Kompany gets a block in.
(Man City) makes a substitution, with Wayne Bridge coming on for Gnegneri Toure Yaya.
Andrey Arshavin produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by David Silva from the left by-line, Vincent Kompany produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bacary Sagna by David Silva. Direct free kick taken by Bacary Sagna.
Foul by Vincent Kompany on Francesc Fabregas, Penalty awarded. Penalty taken by Francesc Fabregas saved by Joe Hart. Man City 0-1 Arsenal.
Unfair challenge on Carlos Tevez by Johan Djourou results in a free kick. Johan Djourou goes into the referee's book. Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes the direct free kick.
Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Sebastien Squillaci gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Samir Nasri on David Silva. Free kick taken by Nigel De Jong.
David Silva fouled by Alex Song, the ref awards a free kick. The referee shows Alex Song a yellow card. Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes the direct free kick.
Neves Denilson is adjudged to have handled the ball. David Silva restarts play with the free kick.
Samir Nasri produces a cross, clearance made by Micah Richards.
Effort from inside the area by Micah Richards misses to the left of the goal.
Francesc Fabregas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nigel De Jong. Francesc Fabregas booked for unsporting behaviour. Nigel De Jong restarts play with the free kick.
Andrey Arshavin takes a shot. Blocked by David Silva. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Samir Nasri from the left by-line, save by Joe Hart.
Samir Nasri challenges James Milner unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jerome Boateng.
Carlos Tevez concedes a free kick for a foul on Neves Denilson. Free kick taken by Lukasz Fabianski.
The referee blows for offside. Joe Hart takes the free kick.
Samir Nasri gets on the score sheet with a goal from close range high into the middle of the goal. Man City 0-1 Arsenal.Assist by Andrey Arshavin.
Bacary Sagna produces a cross, Header from deep inside the area by Johan Djourou goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Corner taken right-footed by Samir Nasri from the left by-line to the near post, Vincent Kompany makes a clearance.
Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Save by Lukasz Fabianski.
David Silva fouled by Alex Song, the ref awards a free kick. Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Francesc Fabregas by Gareth Barry. Caution for Gareth Barry. Direct free kick taken by Alex Song.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Carlos Tevez by Neves Denilson. Neves Denilson is given a yellow card. Micah Richards takes the free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Samir Nasri, clearance made by Vincent Kompany.
Foul by James Milner on Samir Nasri, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Gael Clichy.
James Milner gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Francesc Fabregas. Direct free kick taken by Francesc Fabregas.
Unfair challenge on Marouane Chamakh by Dedryk Boyata results in a free kick. Dedryk Boyata receives a red card. Francesc Fabregas restarts play with the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Micah Richards, Bacary Sagna makes a clearance.
The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Joe Hart.
Carlos Tevez sends in a cross, David Silva takes a shot. Lukasz Fabianski makes a save.
The match has kicked off.
The game restarts for the second half.
The first half comes to an end.
The final whistle goes and the game is over.
Super Mario ready for return
Manchester City could be boosted by the return of Mario Balotelli for Sunday's Premier League encounter with Arsenal.
The Italy international has been restricted to just 33 minutes action after suffering a knee injury during his debut against Timisoara in August.
However, after emerging unscathed from training, the #23million forward is likely to be on the bench for the Blues, who are looking to consolidate second spot.
Pablo Zabaleta is calling on City to make a statement about their own ambitions by dismantling Arsenal.
City tackle the Gunners knowing victory would take them six points clear of Arsene Wenger's men and establish themselves as the most likely side to dethrone Chelsea this term.
It represents rapid progress given the Blues did not even have a European campaign last season, and, at the start of this one, had their title credentials being written off by manager Roberto Mancini.
Now Zabaleta is hoping to use a defeat of the Gunners to stamp City's mark on English football.
"This is a very important game for us," said the City utility man.
"If we could beat Arsenal it would send out a big message to the rest of the league.
"Over the past couple of seasons, we have performed very well against the big teams.
"Arsenal are one of them. They have some fantastic players and are playing really well. We must do the same."
Yet in "making a statement", Zabaleta acknowledges it would blow apart one of City's major weapons at a far earlier stage than even they anticipated.
When assessments were being made about this season's championship, Chelsea were quite rightly installed as favourites.
Manchester United were generally regarded as the next best, with Arsenal not too far behind.
City were mentioned. But respected judges felt a Champions League berth would be the summit of their achievements.
In that sense, Mancini was playing to an audience when he declared his team were not good enough to win the title.
Zabaleta acknowledges it was part of a wider strategy.
"It is better if people talk about other teams," he said.
"It makes it easier for us.
"But deep down we are very confident in our quality.
"We have some fantastic players and results are going well.
"We still need to work hard but everyone believes we can win trophies."
Full-back Bacary Sagna will return to the Arsenal squad following a thigh problem.
Fit-again strikers Nicklas Bendtner and Theo Walcott are again included in the squad, but centre-half Laurent Koscielny (back), fellow defender Thomas Vermaelen (Achilles) and goalkeeper Manuel Almunia (elbow) remain out, while midfielder Jack Wilshere starts a three-match ban.
Robin van Persie (ankle) and Aaron Ramsey (leg) are on course for a return next month.
Wenger feels "leader" Sebastien Squillaci can provide an experienced head at the heart of the Arsenal defence as they look to shut out City.
With Vermaelen still battling to recover from an Achilles problem which has sidelined the Belgian since the international break in September and summer recruit Koscielny out because of a back injury, the 30-year-old will again be the senior partner alongside Swiss centre-half Johan Djourou.
French international Squillaci has settled quickly into the hustle and bustle of top-flight English football, having jumped at the chance of a #6million move from Sevilla just before the transfer window closed.
He scored his first goal for the Gunners in their 3-1 Champions League win at Partizan Belgrade last month and Wenger is in no doubt about the influence the veteran has provided.
"Squillaci is a leader," the Arsenal manager said. "He is a quiet one, but he speaks a lot when you observe the game - he speaks to the midfielders, to Johan a lot, to the full-backs.
"He has a quiet, reassuring presence at the back."
Squillaci played in the 2004 Champions League final for Monaco against Jose Mourinho's Porto and was also part of Les Bleus' World Cup disaster.
The veteran defender feels Wenger can help add another dimension to his game.
"He is hugely respected in the world of football, and it is great to be able to work with a manager like him," Squillaci said.
"Even if I am 30, I still want to improve and with him I will do that. It is very important for me.
"It is a different style of play to the Spanish league. I am working hard at training to cope with the physical aspect."
Squillaci added: "We are playing an offensive game, so we need to stay strong at the back.
"We have played good games and others not so good, so we are working hard in training to become stronger at the back."
Gunners claim valuable City scalp in style
Samir Nasri, Alex Song and Nicklas Bendtner were on target as Arsenal struck a blow for the old guard against 10-man Manchester City, triumphing 3-0 at Eastlands.
City had been looking to reclaim second place in the Barclays Premier League but hopes of a fifth successive win were all but dashed with the early sending off of Dedryck Boyata.
Nasri put the Gunners ahead 20 minutes into a fiery contest and although Joe Hart kept City in contention with a penalty save from Cesc Fabregas, Song and Bendtner finished them off.
Victory lifted Arsenal back into the top four, above City on goal difference, and contradicted recent criticism of the Londoners' record against their perceived title rivals.
The momentum all appeared to be with City prior to the match, which was preceded by a memorial service and minute's applause for their late manager Malcolm Allison.
Carlos Tevez was back to lead the City line while Emmanuel Adebayor, despite a midweek hat-trick, was left on the bench against his former club.
And the hosts appeared in a rush to impress as Boyata, starting ahead of Joleon Lescott, released Tevez with a superb ball down the right after one minute.
Tevez raced beyond the defence and into the area but David Silva failed to make firm contact with his ball into the middle and Lukasz Fabianski saved his scuffed shot.
Tevez then set Micah Richards free down the right but this time Bacary Sagna slid in to deal with the cross.
Yet no sooner had City started to look dominant than Boyata, as the last man, was sent off for bringing down Marouane Chamakh as he raced onto a Fabregas ball.
Mark Clattenburg took time to consider his verdict but showed a straight red card.
After that it became clear Clattenburg was in for a tough afternoon as the tackles started to fly in.
He booked Denilson for a late challenge on Tevez but showed restraint after Nigel de Jong felled Fabregas.
Gareth Barry was shown a yellow card for fouling the Spaniard but Song escaped such punishment for a bad tackle on Silva.
In terms of chances, City had the next when Tevez mishit a shot at Fabianski but Johan Djourou then headed over from a Sagna cross.
The opening goal came after 20 minutes as Nasri played a one-two with Andrey Arshavin on the edge of the box and clipped the ball over Joe Hart.
Fabregas, still being given close attention by City, was booked himself after tangling with De Jong.
City responded by again attacking down the right as James Milner played Richards through.
Arsenal struggled to get back but were relieved as Richards checked back onto his left foot and screwed his shot wide.
Song and Djourou also went into Clattenburg's notebook before the break after challenges on Silva and Tevez respectively.
The game refused to settle down and Clattenburg was called upon again as Vincent Kompany recklessly lunged in on Fabregas just inside the area.
A penalty was the obvious outcome but Hart kept City in the game with a brilliant save from Fabregas' spot-kick.
Fabregas had another opportunity early in the second half after combining well with Chamakh and Nasri but his first-time shot was weak and easily saved by Hart.
City boss Roberto Mancini decided to make a bold change after 52 minutes, gambling on the determination of Adebayor to impress and removing usual talisman Tevez.
An intricate move saw Milner feed Silva inside the box and the Spaniard's curving right-foot shot was brilliantly tipped wide by Fabianski.
Adebayor had a chance from the resulting corner but Fabianski's presence forced him to direct his header over.
Arshavin then drilled a shot straight at Hart from 20 yards as Arsenal continued to push.
Song finished City off in the 66th minute when he grabbed an opportunistic second for the visitors.
Wayne Bridge had blocked a Fabregas pass intended for Chamakh but the ball ran loose and Song, unchallenged, pounced to smash it into the top corner.
Adebayor raised City fans' spirits when he forced a fine save from Fabianski with a firm header but a flag had already been raised for offside.
There was a stoppage 15 minutes from time when an object appeared to be thrown from the crowd as Arsenal prepared to take a corner.
Substitute Bendtner put the result beyond any doubt five minutes from time when he raced clear and finished from a tight angle.
Fit-again #23million signing Mario Balotelli went close to a late consolation when he forced Fabianksi to tip over.
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