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Manchester City

  • Joleon Lescott 40'

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  • Laurent Koscielny 82'
  • 90'

    Anyway, that's all from here as we soak in the fact two of the best four teams in England only manage to score from set-pieces.

  • 90'

    Mancini is struggling to decide what City's identity is, as they change formation at half-time and look unable to find their passing best from the start of last season.

  • 90'

    And that's all she wrote as each team take a point. It was a fair result in a tight game. Both teams had the chances to win it, but lacked their cutting edge.

  • 90'

    Now Yaya Toure has taken a foul throw. A low moment for the club.

  • 90'

    It was quite pitiful in the end. Garcia is learning quickly about this league.

  • 90'

    Garcia gets a booking after pulling Jenkinson down.

  • 90'

    Three minutes added on.

  • 90'

    He is then replaced by Coquelin.

  • 90'

    But then Gervinho gets some space on the edge of the area, but can only hit the ball a mile over.

  • 89'

    Arsenal are calmly passing the ball around as they look happy with the point.

  • 88'

    Koscielny tackles Balotelli, and then calmly breezes past two with lovely skill.

  • 88'

    Yaya gets himself a free-kick after being taken down by three Arsenal men.

  • 86'

    Silva almost gets it through to Tevez but Mertesacker thwarts him once more.

  • 84'

    Aguero is now replaced by Balotelli.

  • 84'

    City miss two chances, as Kompany's spectacular overhead kick is palmed out, and Aguero puts the rebound wide.

  • 84'

    City earn a corner as Mertesacker diverts a Tevez cross behind.

  • 83'

    City are unable to react to the second ball, allowing the French defender the opportunity to finish.

  • 82'

    GOAL Koscielny slams the ball home from the subsequent corner, as City fail to clear.

  • 82'

    Hart just tips a screamer from Cazorla wide of his right-hand post.

  • 80'

    City break, but Yaya holds onto the ball too long before giving Aguero a difficult chance, which Mannone pushes wide.

  • 80'

    This game needs some Balotelli.

  • 78'

    Koscielny runs the length of the pitch to disposses Tevez. Now that's commitment.

  • 77'

    Silva still looks a long way off his majestic best. Mancini needs to handle him carefully.

  • 77'

    Arsenal are dominating once more, but can't find that crucial final ball still.

  • 75'

    Giroud then almost gets on the end of a Mertesacker flick-on, but Hart is out to the ball quickly.

  • 74'

    The Frenchman gets a shot away, and earns him team a corner after the ball comes off Garcia.

  • 73'

    Giroud will be looking to show what he can do after a slow start to his Arsenal career.

  • 72'

    Somehow Gervinho has been allowed to stay on, which is quite sweet.

  • 72'

    Double change for Arsenal Giroud and Walcott replace Diaby and Podolski.

  • 71'

    And now Gervinho has injured Ramsey.

  • 70'

    Gervinho goes for a shot from the edge of the area, but he instead falls over. Might be time for a change Arsene.

  • 69'

    Some good link-up play between Tevez and Aguero leads to Yaya curling one ten yards wide, but it's promising from City.

  • 67'

    Tevez is introduced as Dzeko departs after a decent effort.

  • 67'

    And then he snatches at one, and sends it high and wide. No composure.

  • 66'

    Gervinho gets into a good position once more, but his pull back is dealt with by a plethora of City defenders.

  • 64'

    Aguero almost gets on the end of a Clichy pass, but the ball bounces off his chest and out for a goal kick.

  • 63'

    Silva then breezes by a few Arsenal men, but his cross is repelled.

  • 62'

    Jenkinson portrays himself as a wall, which Silva gladly runs into to earn City a free-kick.

  • 61'

    Aguero and Dzeko is not a long-term partnership for City. Their communication is poor at best.

  • 60'

    Clichy really needs to go back to the shaved head.

  • 59'

    Gibbs gets round the back once more, but Arsenal have no one in the box, allowing Kompany to easily clear the cross.

  • 57'

    Podolski catches Zabaleta on the ankle, and is lucky to get away without a bokking.

  • 56'

    Another dangerous corner from City, as Silva's cross meets the head of Garcia, but it's straight at Mannone.

  • 55'

    Jenkinson fires in a cross, but Hart takes the ball with ease on his goal-line.

  • 53'

    Silva plays Aguero through on goal, who is taken down by a defender, but still gets his shot away. The referee is having none of it, and awards a corner.

  • 52'

    Arsenal are enjoying a good period of possession, but need to pick up the tempo slightly here.

  • 51'

    Another City corner, as Arsenal struggle to deal with crosses.

  • 50'

  • 50'

    Silva's cross finds Aguero at the far post, but the Argentine smashes the ball over.

  • 49'

    Dzeko earns a soft free-kick on the right-win after falling over Arteta's leg.

  • 48'

    Ramsey's cross from the right is headed clear by Lescott.

  • 47'

    Rodwell is yet to impress at City, which puts extra pressure on the former Everton man.

  • 46'

    Toure tries to net from 25 yards, but he drags a shot tamely wide.

  • 46'

    Rodwell will be looking to limit the runs of Ramsey and the like.

  • 46'

    City get us going once more.

  • 46'

    Jack Rodwell is coming on for Sinclair for City to add more strength to the midfield.


    It's raining in Manchester, whatever next?


    Whilst Wenger will be encouraging Gibbs to keep get down the left against Zabaleta, who he has the beating of.


    Neither team need to make any changes in terms of personnel at the moment, but Mancini will be looking for more from the likes of Sinclair and Silva.


    Lescott will be boosted after missing out in Madrid to Nastasic. Mancini doesn't have much faith in the defender to perform in the big games.


    Arsenal undone by their ineffective attempt to use zonal marking properly. Steve Bould will not be pleased.


    City can count themselves lucky. They've not controlled the game at any point, apart from a few minutes of pressure prior to their goal.


    Hopefully this goal will give Lescott the confidence to shave his beard.


    Arsenal will be disappointed that they've failed to take a single change, and their inability to stop Lescott for the goal.

  • 45'

    That's the end of the first-half as Dean blows.

  • 45'

    One minute added on.

  • 44'

    Aguero is currently playing left midfield for City as they attempt to maintain the lead until half-time.

  • 43'

    Cazorla tries to level things up after some solid build-up from Arsenal, but the Spaniard slices the ball wide.

  • 42'

    This time the corner is cleared by the first man. Poor.

  • 41'

    Dzeko almost doubles the City lead after his first-time shot from 25 yards is tipped over by Mannone.

  • 40'

    Arsenal will be really disappointed by how easily Lescott managed to score. They had dominated, but failed to take their chances.

  • 40'

    GOAL Lescott heads home unchallenged from a Silva corner.

  • 39'

    Sinclair shows his limitations as he tries to take on Gibbs, but the left-back stands up to him, and puts in a good tackle.

  • 38'

    Silva tries to be too clever by playing the ball through defenders, but unsurpisingly this tactic fails, and Arsenal clear.

  • 37'

    Ramsey continues to impress for Arsenal as he drives through the midfield to play in Gervinho who drags his shot wide.

  • 36'

    A sustained period of pressure from City is needlessly ended when Toure mishits a pass out of play.

  • 34'

    Sinclair plays in a lovely cross, but there's no one to meet it at the back post.

  • 34'

    Cazorla takes the free-kick, but his low shot doesn't trouble Hart.

  • 33'

    Kompany takes out Ramsey, as the big Belgian implies he is still out of form.

  • 32'

    Aguero has his shot blocked, when he had a man over to his right. Not sure that was the right decision.

  • 31'

    Zabaleta slides in on Gibbs to give Arsenal a corner. The Argentine has a long day ahead of him.

  • 30'

    Podolski almost finds Diaby with a through ball, but his pass is overhit allowing Kompany to come across and clear.

  • 29'

    Zabaleta might struggle up against Podolski and Gibbs with no support in from of him.

  • 28'

    Clichy with a superb interception stops Gervinho from getting the ball two yards from goal after a delightful Cazorla pass.

  • 27'

    This time Gibbs finds Ramsey in the area, but his weak header goes straight at Hart.

  • 25'

    Zabaleta ends the Arsenal break by blocking off Cazorla. Clever.

  • 25'

    Clichy wins City a corner when his cross is blocked by Jenkinson.

  • 24'

    Lescott allows Jenkinson to get round him, but the full-back's pull back is slammed over by POdolski.

  • 23'

    Mertesacker under pressure from Dzeko is forced to clear the ball into touch. That should be a good battle today.

  • 22'

    Diaby goes for a long ranger, but his shot is blocked by the might of Lescott on the edge of the area.

  • 21'

    Yaya Toure is taken down by Cazorla after powering his way through three Arsenal men.

  • 20'

    Sinclair this time combines with Silva, but the diminutive Spaniard hits the ball against a defender when trying to find Aguero.

  • 19'

    This time Sinclair finds Aguero in the box, but the Argentine forward is hounded out by the Arsenal defence.

  • 18'

    Sinclair gets some speed up on the dribble, but fails to look up and instead kicks the ball straight at Mertesacker.

  • 18'

    Gibbs gets clear once more, but his cross once again finds no one.

  • 16'

    Gervinho is played through on goal, but the forward takes a terrible touch when clear allowing Hart to come and collect.

  • 14'

    Aguero looks lively on his return as he slams a shot at goal from the corner of the area, and Mannone does well to get the ball away.

  • 13'

    Dzeko decides chesting the ball down isn't for him and almost catches it as he controls it.

  • 13'

    Gibbs found himself in space in the area, but his pass across the box tamely found Clichy who clears.

  • 12'

    Kompany gets too eager, and takes down Arteta on the halfway line. A bit pointless really.

  • 10'

    Yay Toure decides to boost City's early shot count, but only succeeds in hitting an Arsenal defender from 20 yards.

  • 9'

    Cazorla has an effort from range, but he doesn't connect cleanly and it dribbles into Hart's hands.

  • 8'

    Sinclair has his first run at Jenkinson, but the former Swansea man fails to get round him, and instead sends the ball out for a goal kick.

  • 7'

    Gibbs gets a cross in, but only finds Kompany. The young left-back could be a serious threat down that wing today.

  • 6'

    A low ball from Ramsey almost finds Gervinho, but Hart reacts quickly to catch it.

  • 4'

    Aguero ruins some good build-up, as he gives the ball away to Mertesacker on the edge of the Arsenal area.

  • 3'

    Gervinho looks to be starting as a central striker, not a role he has played too often at Arsenal.

  • 2'

    Arsenal almost get into the City box, but are repelled by Clichy in the end.

  • 1'

    Arsenal start us off.


    There's going to be a minute's silence in memory of the two police officers shot and killed in Manchester this week.


    Dzeko gets his chance in the league after his goal in the Bernabeu on Tuesday.


    Mike Dean is the man in charge today.


    The players are in the tunnel, with City sporting some lovely blue jackets.


    Speaking of impact off the bench, Walcott and The Ox, are about as dangerous as they come.


    Balotelli finds himself on the bench once more, but the maverick Italian seems to have calmed down slightly, and few can make an impact like him off the bench.


    Scott Sinclair makes the rise from missing out on Tuesday to starting today against Arsenal to make his home debut.


    Arsenal Subs: Martinez, Djourou, Santos, Coquelin, Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Giroud.


    City subs: Pantilimon, Kolarov, Nastasic, Rodwell, Barry, Tevez, Balotelli


    Arsenal: Mannone, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Diaby, Arteta, Ramsey, Cazorla, Gervinho, Podolski


    Teams news! City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, Yaya, Garcia, Sinclair, Aguero, Silva, Dzeko


    Wenger is focused on his next generation while Vincent Kompany has boosted Man City


    Arsene Wenger's side have started well, but face their first big test


    Join us at 1600 BST to see Arsenal travel to Manchester City.

Goal Shot Video
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Manchester City

  • 15(6)

  • 38

  • 12

  • 41%


  • Arsenal

  • 11(4)

  • 23

  • 8

Manchester City

POS No Name


1 Joe Hart


4 Vincent Kompany


5 Pablo Zabaleta


6 Joleon Lescott


22 Gaël Clichy


11 Scott Sinclair
17 Jack Rodwell


14 Javi Garcia


21 David Silva


42 Yaya Touré


10 Edin Dzeko
32 Carlos Tevez


16 Sergio Agüero
45 Mario Balotelli
POS No Name
G 30 Costel Pantilimon
D 13 Aleksandar Kolarov
D 33 Matija Nastasic
M 17 Jack Rodwell
M 18 Gareth Barry
F 32 Carlos Tevez
F 45 Mario Balotelli

Match Stats

  • Manchester City
  • Arsenal
15(6) Shots (on goal) 11(4)
12 Fouls 8
9 Corner kicks 4
1 Offsides 1
41% Time of Possession 59%
1 Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
3 Saves 5

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