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  • Date:18 Dec 2011
  • Kick-off:16:10
  • Venue:Etihad Stadium
  • Attendance:47,303
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93:01 +3.01

Thomas Vermaelen has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses left.

91:59 +1.59

Edin Dzeko produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

91:40 +1.40

Alex Song challenges Sergio Aguero unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by David Silva.

90:25 +0.25

The ball is delivered by Yao Gervinho, Pablo Zabaleta gets a block in.

89:18

Free kick awarded for a foul by Micah Richards on Marouane Chamakh. Direct free kick taken by Mikel Arteta. Shot by Thomas Vermaelen. Save by Joe Hart. Short corner taken by Robin van Persie from the right by-line.

88:17

Andrey Arshavin has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.

87:32

Sergio Aguero concedes a free kick for a foul on Thomas Vermaelen. Wojciech Szczesny restarts play with the free kick.

86:26

Laurent Koscielny produces a cross.

84:53

Nigel De Jong comes on in place of Gnegneri Toure Yaya. Samir Nasri goes off and Edin Dzeko comes on.

84:42

The ball is delivered by David Silva, Headed effort from inside the area by Micah Richards misses to the left of the goal.

83:42

Andrey Arshavin concedes a free kick for a foul on Vincent Kompany. Direct free kick taken by Vincent Kompany.

81:29

Marouane Chamakh comes on in place of Per Mertesacker.

79:47

Effort from 12 yards by Sergio Aguero. Save by Wojciech Szczesny. Outswinging corner taken by Samir Nasri from the right by-line, clearance by Per Mertesacker.

77:27

Corner from the right by-line taken by Robin van Persie, Micah Richards makes a clearance.

76:57

Laurent Koscielny delivers the ball, clearance by Kolo Toure.

75:06

Inswinging corner taken by David Silva from the right by-line, Robin van Persie manages to make a clearance.

73:56

Mikel Arteta gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gareth Barry. Free kick taken by Samir Nasri.

72:58

Mikel Arteta challenges Gnegneri Toure Yaya unfairly and gives away a free kick. Booking for Mikel Arteta. Free kick taken by Vincent Kompany.

71:14

Sergio Aguero challenges Thomas Vermaelen unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sergio Aguero goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. James Milner replaces Mario Balotelli. Direct free kick taken by Per Mertesacker.

70:39

A cross is delivered by Andrey Arshavin, save made by Joe Hart.

68:32

Gareth Barry challenges Mikel Arteta unfairly and gives away a free kick. Andrey Arshavin is brought on as a substitute for Theo Walcott. Robin van Persie restarts play with the free kick. Thomas Vermaelen takes a shot. Pablo Zabaleta gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Robin van Persie, save made by Joe Hart.

68:25

Gnegneri Toure Yaya challenges Aaron Ramsey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Aaron Ramsey.

68:00

The ball is crossed by Theo Walcott, blocked by Pablo Zabaleta.

66:33

Theo Walcott sends in a cross. The official flags Robin van Persie offside. Joe Hart takes the indirect free kick.

65:54

Pablo Zabaleta has an effort at goal from outside the area striking the post.

64:47

David Silva fouled by Alex Song, the ref awards a free kick. David Silva produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, Wojciech Szczesny makes a save.

63:33

Robin van Persie takes a shot. Joe Hart makes a save.

61:56

Drilled right-footed shot by Yao Gervinho. Blocked by Kolo Toure.

61:25

Sergio Aguero has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.

60:19

Effort on goal by Gnegneri Toure Yaya from 20 yards. Laurent Koscielny gets a block in.

59:14

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Per Mertesacker.

57:58

Foul by Laurent Koscielny on Sergio Aguero, free kick awarded. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Samir Nasri.

56:31

Sergio Aguero concedes a free kick for a foul on Per Mertesacker. Wojciech Szczesny takes the free kick.

55:46

Robin van Persie is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Joe Hart.

53:50

Theo Walcott takes a shot. Save made by Joe Hart. Inswinging corner taken by Robin van Persie from the right by-line, Vincent Kompany manages to make a clearance.

52:10

Mario Balotelli takes a shot. Save by Wojciech Szczesny. Sergio Aguero takes a shot. David Silva fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man City 1-0 Arsenal.Assist by Sergio Aguero.

50:25

The assistant referee signals for offside against Mario Balotelli. Free kick taken by Per Mertesacker.

48:54

The ball is crossed by Sergio Aguero, Ignasi Miquel makes a clearance. Corner taken left-footed by David Silva, clearance made by Ignasi Miquel.

46:31 +1.31

Gnegneri Toure Yaya concedes a free kick for a foul on Aaron Ramsey. Free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.

46:22

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Theo Walcott by Pablo Zabaleta. Ignasi Miquel on for Johan Djourou. Laurent Koscielny restarts play with the free kick.

43:44

Unfair challenge on Sergio Aguero by Laurent Koscielny results in a free kick. Laurent Koscielny goes into the book. Vincent Kompany takes the direct free kick.

43:02

Yao Gervinho fouled by Kolo Toure, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Mikel Arteta, clearance made by Pablo Zabaleta.

40:08

Sergio Aguero takes a shot. Save made by Wojciech Szczesny.

37:51

Gareth Barry gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mikel Arteta. Gareth Barry booked for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed left-footed by Robin van Persie, clearance made by Kolo Toure.

34:47

Robin van Persie takes a shot. Blocked by Micah Richards.

33:48

Unfair challenge on Aaron Ramsey by Gnegneri Toure Yaya results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Aaron Ramsey.

33:14

Aaron Ramsey concedes a free kick for a foul on Gnegneri Toure Yaya. Joe Hart takes the direct free kick.

32:21

Aaron Ramsey delivers the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Robin van Persie misses to the left of the goal.

30:50

Gnegneri Toure Yaya sends in a cross, clearance made by Per Mertesacker.

29:31

The ball is sent over by Gareth Barry, clearance by Per Mertesacker.

28:52

Corner from the right by-line taken by David Silva, Robin van Persie makes a clearance.

27:44

Robin van Persie is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Kolo Toure takes the direct free kick.

26:00

Samir Nasri gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Yao Gervinho. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Robin van Persie, clearance made by Vincent Kompany.

25:02

Robin van Persie produces a cross, clearance made by Pablo Zabaleta.

23:53

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mikel Arteta by Gnegneri Toure Yaya. Mikel Arteta takes the direct free kick.

23:02

Mario Balotelli takes a shot. Save made by Wojciech Szczesny.

22:53

The ball is crossed by Micah Richards, Laurent Koscielny makes a clearance.

20:45

Foul by Aaron Ramsey on Gnegneri Toure Yaya, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Vincent Kompany.

17:42

Corner from the right by-line taken by Robin van Persie, Thomas Vermaelen takes a shot. Joe Hart makes a save.

17:04

Robin van Persie takes a short corner. Aaron Ramsey takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.

16:54

Yao Gervinho takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.

16:15

The referee gives a free kick against Sergio Aguero for handball. Wojciech Szczesny restarts play with the free kick.

10:56

David Silva takes a shot. Save made by Wojciech Szczesny.

10:20

The referee shows Alex Song a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

8:47

Effort on goal by Sergio Aguero from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.

5:04

Mikel Arteta challenges Mario Balotelli unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Samir Nasri from left channel, Wojciech Szczesny makes a comfortable save.

Match Preview

Mancini wary of van Persie threat Roberto Mancini has warned his Manchester City players they must be on high alert to quell the threat of Robin van Persie when they face Arsenal on Sunday. The Gunners striker is in outstanding form having scored 14 goals in his last 11 appearances. That run has propelled the north London club up the Barclays Premier League table and they head to the Etihad Stadium to face the leaders having won seven in eight games. City boss Mancini said: "We know that every game we could meet a top striker. "In the last game we met (Didier) Drogba, and on Sunday Van Persie. "We must work harder when you play against a top team with a top striker. "Van Persie is an incredible player. "At this moment he is very good, like Arsenal. At this moment they are playing very well." City are looking to get back to winning ways after surrendering their unbeaten record in a 2-1 loss at Chelsea on Monday. And for all their brilliance this season, they could even be second in the table come kick-off if Manchester United beat QPR earlier in the day. Mancini said: "At the moment, us, United and maybe Tottenham are the three teams that can fight for the title. "But the season is long. Chelsea, Arsenal and, maybe, Liverpool could also try. "The season is hard. We have a lot of games to play in the next 40 days." City swooped on Arsenal to sign one of their stars of last season, Samir Nasri, in August. But the Frenchman has failed to command a regular starting spot in City's impressive side since his #24million switch from the Emirates Stadium. The 24-year-old showed glimpses of his talent as he started four successive games recently but he was back on the bench at Stamford Bridge and Mancini is demanding more from him. Mancini said: "In my opinion Nasri is a champion - a top, top player. "I think he can do more but when you change teams you can have a problem. "At this moment his confidence is maybe not very good because he didn't play against Chelsea but if he plays Sunday he has a chance to show us. "I would like Nasri to play better, because he is a really good player." Mancini feels now would be a good time for Nasri to step up with midfield linchpin Yaya Toure heading off to play in the African Nations Cup in January. The Italian said: "We will lose an important player but I hope Samir can play more games at a higher level. "He is a top player. Every game a player like that should contribute." Meanwhile, van Persie has warned Manchester City the Gunners have their sights firmly set on the top of the Barclays Premier League. The north London side have quickly climbed back to within striking distance of the top four following an appalling start to the campaign - and inflicting a second straight defeat on the high-flying Blues would reduce the gap on the summit down to just six points. Van Persie - who has smashed 33 goals in 2011 - believes Arsenal must always aim for the top. "We should have higher expectations every week, but for now because we have only played 15 games in the league we are not even halfway," Van Persie told Arsenal Player. "I don't think it's clever to be excited by fourth, fifth, sixth or whatever. We still have to play many games. "So many things can happen - you see that Spurs lost three points last week, Chelsea beat Manchester City. "It is an open league and anything can happen. "Lots of stuff will happen that is surprising so we have to make sure that we are on the good side and actually surprise people with our results." Van Persie feels Arsenal have turned their season around through sheer hard work following a humiliating 8-2 defeat at Manchester United on August 28. The Gunners skipper added: "Everybody had written us off to come back from something like that and weren't speaking positively about us. "To bounce back from a period like that you can say that everybody earns some credit because we had to dig deep - trust me." Arsenal showed their new-found resilience when they won 5-3 at Chelsea - where City lost 2-1 last Monday night, and Van Persie is looking forward to another challenge. "It's going to be a big test but we have played against world-class sides before - nobody really expected us to beat Chelsea 5-3 away, but we did it," he said. "I don't see why we can't surprise again. We're having a good run. Everybody is confident and believes in themselves. The spirit is as high as it can get."

Formation:4231Manager: Roberto Mancini

Man City

Formation: 433Manager: Arsene Wenger

Arsenal

  • Joe Hart
  • Micah Richards
  • Vincent Kompany
  • Kolo Toure
  • Pablo Zabaleta
  • Gareth Barry
  • Gnegneri Toure Yaya
  • David Silva
  • Sergio Aguero
  • Samir Nasri
  • Mario Balotelli
  • SUBS
  • Costel Pantilimon
  • Joleon Lescott
  • James Milner
  • Edin Dzeko
  • Adam Johnson
  • Stefan Savic
  • Nigel De Jong

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Match Report

Silva sends City back to summit David Silva sent Manchester City back to the top of the Barclays Premier League with the only goal in a pulsating clash with Arsenal. The Spaniard slid in his sixth goal of the season after 53 minutes at the Etihad Stadium to finally give City reward for some brilliant attacking play. Yet Arsenal, although perhaps lucky not to have Alex Song sent off, threatened on a number of occasions and Joe Hart saved well from Thomas Vermaelen late on. City settled quickly and had a chance to launch the ball into the Arsenal box after Mario Balotelli was tripped by Mikel Arteta. Samir Nasri, booed heavily in the Carling Cup tie between the clubs earlier this month, was again barracked by the visiting fans before lobbing his free-kick straight to goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny. Nasri tried to slip in Sergio Aguero but his ball was too strong for the Argentinian. Aguero spurned a good opportunity when he took a Pablo Zabaleta cross in his stride and fired over. Aguero went through again moments later but was denied the space to shoot and could not find Balotelli. Referee Phil Dowd then booked Song for an earlier foul on Silva and made a big call moments later when the same player felled Yaya Toure. Dowd again allowed City to play advantage but this time did not go back to speak to Song when the ball went dead. Gervinho had Arsenal's first serious opportunity but Joe Hart saved well and the goalkeeper then tipped behind an Aaron Ramsey effort from the resulting corner. Balotelli almost gave City the lead with an opportunistic acrobatic shot after Per Mertesacker misjudged a bounce but Szczesny reacted quickly. Ramsey appealed for a penalty in the 35th minute after a scuffed shot from Robin van Persie was deflected into his path and he went down under a Kolo Toure challenge. Dowd saw nothing untoward and the ball was scrambled clear. City midfielder Gareth Barry was booked after a risky tackle on Arteta from behind. Aguero showed great close control on the edge of the box to create another chance for himself five minutes before the break but Szczesny saved again. City caught Arsenal on the counter-attack to take the lead seven minutes after the restart. Nasri found Balotelli in space down the left and the Italian charged forward to cut inside and shoot. Szczesny parried but Aguero reacted quickly to head across goal for Silva to slide in and score. It was a lead which was almost wiped out within a minute as, with City fans still celebrating, Arsenal powered forward and Theo Walcott forced Hart to tip over from 18 yards. Van Persie thought he had equalised when he deftly chipped Hart three minutes later but the flag was raised for offside. City stepped up the tempo with Aguero firing narrowly wide from distance and Nasri going through but opting to pass instead shoot when well placed. Play quickly switched to the other end where Van Persie shot straight at Hart but City were soon back on the attack. Zabaleta almost made Arsenal pay when he seized on a poor pass from Laurent Koscielny but drove against the post with Szczesny beaten. Walcott appeared unhappy when he was replaced by Andrey Arshavin with 20 minutes remaining while City attempted to tighten up by sending on James Milner for Balotelli. Song survived for a second time after clashing with Vincent Kompany as Dowd again chose not to show him a second yellow card. Advantage was played and Szczesny saved low from Aguero. Dowd was also lenient with Arteta after fouling Yaya Toure and Barry in quick succession, the referee only booking the Spaniard for the first offence. Richards enjoyed some luck when a Koscielny cross caught his arm in the box and Dowd deemed it accidental. Arsenal pressed until the end with Arshavin driving wide and Thomas Vermaelen forcing Hart to make a brilliant save with a well-struck shot following a short free-kick.

Form Guide

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Top Scorers

Man City

  • SL Aguero 10
  • E Dzeko 10
  • M Balotelli 7
  • A Johnson 4
  • DJ Silva 4
  • J Milner 2
  • G Toure Yaya 2
  • V Kompany 2
  • S Nasri 2
  • G Barry 1
  • M Richards 1
  • A Kolarov 1
  • S Savic 1

Arsenal

  • R van Persie 15
  • M Arteta 3
  • T Vermaelen 3
  • YK Gervinho 3
  • T Walcott 2
  • A Arshavin 1
  • C Andre Santos 1
  • M Chamakh 1
  • A Song 1
  • A Ramsey 1

Goals

Man City

    • Total goals 64
    • Goals per game 49
  • 1 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 7 (For) Period 41-50 mins
  • 10 (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 7 (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 5 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 10 (For) 4 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Arsenal

    • Total goals 46
    • Goals per game 31
  • 2 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 5 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 2 (For) 5 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 5 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 7 (For) 3 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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