skip to content
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Carl Jenkinson by Francisco Javi Garcia. Francisco Javi Garcia receives a yellow card. Aaron Ramsey restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Mikel Arteta by Jack Rodwell results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Vito Mannone.
Yao Gervinho takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar. Francis Coquelin on for Yao Gervinho.
Yaya Toure fouled by Aaron Ramsey, the ref awards a free kick. Vincent Kompany takes the free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Carlos Tevez, Vincent Kompany takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Effort from deep inside the area by Sergio Aguero misses to the right of the goal. Save by Vito Mannone. Mario Balotelli replaces Sergio Aguero.
Santi Cazorla takes a shot. Joe Hart makes a brilliant save. Santi Cazorla takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Laurent Koscielny gets on the score sheet with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Man City 1-1 Arsenal.Assist by Santi Cazorla.
Sergio Aguero takes a shot. Save made by Vito Mannone. Inswinging corner taken by David Silva from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Olivier Giroud.
Theo Walcott produces a cross.
The referee blows for offside against Olivier Giroud. Joe Hart restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Santi Cazorla, clearance made by Vincent Kompany.
The ball is crossed by Carl Jenkinson.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Yaya Toure on Santi Cazorla. Santi Cazorla takes the indirect free kick.
Olivier Giroud is brought on as a substitute for Vassiriki Diaby. Theo Walcott on for Lukas Podolski.
Yaya Toure has an effort at goal from outside the area which misses left.
Edin Dzeko goes off and Carlos Tevez comes on.
Effort on goal by Yao Gervinho from inside the box misses to the right of the target.
Foul by Vincent Kompany on Yao Gervinho, free kick awarded. Mikel Arteta restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is sent over by David Silva, clearance by Laurent Koscielny.
Unfair challenge on David Silva by Carl Jenkinson results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by David Silva.
The ball is crossed by Kieran Gibbs, clearance made by Vincent Kompany.
A cross is delivered by Gael Clichy.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Lukas Podolski on Pablo Zabaleta. Indirect free kick taken by Vincent Kompany.
Corner taken left-footed by David Silva from the left by-line to the near post, Francisco Javi Garcia takes a shot. Vito Mannone makes a save.
A cross is delivered by Carl Jenkinson, save made by Joe Hart.
Sergio Aguero takes a shot. Blocked by Kieran Gibbs. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by David Silva.
David Silva takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.
Close range shot by Sergio Aguero clears the bar.
Mikel Arteta challenges Edin Dzeko unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Silva delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing.
The ball is delivered by Aaron Ramsey, Joleon Lescott makes a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken by Santi Cazorla, Vincent Kompany makes a clearance.
Shot from just outside the area by Yaya Toure misses to the left of the target.
(Man City) makes a substitution, with Jack Rodwell coming on for Scott Sinclair.
Sergio Aguero gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Per Mertesacker. Free kick taken by Per Mertesacker.
Santi Cazorla produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.
The ball is swung over by Kieran Gibbs.
Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Save made by Vito Mannone. Corner taken left-footed by David Silva.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by David Silva, Joleon Lescott finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Man City 1-0 Arsenal.Assist on the goal came from David Silva.
Gael Clichy delivers the ball, clearance made by Per Mertesacker.
Foul by David Silva on Mikel Arteta, free kick awarded. Mikel Arteta takes the indirect free kick.
Yao Gervinho has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.
Yaya Toure takes a shot. Mikel Arteta gets a block in.
Vincent Kompany gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aaron Ramsey. Santi Cazorla has an effort direct from the free kick, Joe Hart makes a save.
Sergio Aguero takes a shot. Kieran Gibbs gets a block in.
Santi Cazorla takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Edin Dzeko.
Inswinging corner taken by Scott Sinclair. Santi Cazorla fouled by Pablo Zabaleta, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.
Shot on goal by Lukas Podolski from just inside the area goes over the target. Free kick awarded for a foul by Lukas Podolski on Francisco Javi Garcia. Francisco Javi Garcia restarts play with the free kick.
Vassiriki Diaby takes a shot. Joleon Lescott gets a block in.
Santi Cazorla challenges Yaya Toure unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joleon Lescott takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Mikel Arteta by David Silva results in a free kick. Vito Mannone takes the free kick.
Centre by Kieran Gibbs.
Yao Gervinho fouled by Francisco Javi Garcia, the ref awards a free kick. Mikel Arteta takes the free kick.
Corner taken by Francisco Javi Garcia.
Sergio Aguero takes a shot. Save made by Vito Mannone.
Handball by Edin Dzeko. Free kick taken by Vito Mannone.
Aaron Ramsey sends in a cross, Vincent Kompany makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Aaron Ramsey by Vincent Kompany results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.
Yaya Toure takes a shot. Blocked by Mikel Arteta.
Santi Cazorla takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
Lukas Podolski concedes a free kick for a foul on Pablo Zabaleta. Pablo Zabaleta takes the indirect free kick.
Kieran Gibbs sends in a cross, clearance by Vincent Kompany.
A cross is delivered by Mikel Arteta, Joe Hart makes a save.
No fall-out with Balotelli, insists Mancini
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini insists he has not fallen out with Mario Balotelli ahead of the visit of Arsenal.
Mancini has a tempestuous relationship with the fiery Italy forward. Frequently the City manager has spoken out about Balotelli's behaviour and general lifestyle, at one point declaring the former Inter Milan man had no future at the Etihad Stadium.
When Balotelli was left out of Mancini's squad altogether for the midweek Champions League tie with Real Madrid, it suggested another major bust-up.
Stories appeared to that effect in the aftermath of City's 3-2 defeat in the Bernabeu, although sources close to the player insisted he behaved normally on the flight back to England. And while Mancini could hardly claim Balotelli was overjoyed at missing such a high-profile game, the Italian insisted there was no deep-rooted issue.
"I don't have any problem with him," said Mancini. "There has been no argument. Absolutely not. This story is totally false.
"Mario went to the stand because we decided to play only with (Carlos) Tevez and I can't put three strikers on the bench. Mario is a player like the other players. He can go on the bench or in the stand."
Midfielder Samir Nasri looks set to miss the clash against former club with a hamstring injury.
Striker Sergio Aguero is poised to make his first appearance since the opening match after overcoming a knee problem.
Defender Joleon Lescott will hope to reclaim his place but right-back Micah Richards (ankle) remains sidelined.
Arsenal will again be without first-choice goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny because of an ankle problem.
Jack Wilshere (ankle) and Emmanuel Frimpong (knee) both returned to training this week but are still some way from first-team contention.
Czech winger Tomas Rosicky (hamstring) and French defender Bacary Sagna (broken leg) are expected to feature within the next fortnight.
Manager Arsene Wenger accepts there were probably times when midfielder Wilshere doubted whether he would ever play again.
Wenger will take no chances with the 20-year-old, who is likely to have a few reserve outings before being considered for first-team action.
The Gunners boss understands Wilshere has been through a testing spell of "highs and lows" during his 14-month rehabilitation, a spell which saw him need further surgery just when a recovery appeared on the horizon.
"When you are so young and out for 14 months that is a good test for your mental strength," said Wenger. "On that front he has been absolutely brilliant because he had not only ankle surgery, but when he thought that was over he had knee surgery. He handled that very well, I must say.
"I refused to give up, because he is a 19-year-old boy, so I always thought he would come back. I am not medically expert enough to know how big the damage was in his ankle. It never crossed my mind. Has it crossed his mind? Only he can answer that - I think, yes. Jack, though, has always been with a good level of confidence. I believe what he has gone through will make him even stronger."
"EPL 1998-2008 Title contenders"