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Manchester City 1 - Arsenal 0

Barclays Premier League

Etihad Stadium


Attendance: 47,303

Referee: Phil Dowd

Manchester City
1 - 0
Silva (53)
Venue: Etihad Stadium
Attendance: 47,303
The Teams
Joe Hart
Wojciech Szczesny
Micah Richards
Johan Djourou
Vincent Kompany
Laurent Koscielny
Kolo Toure
Per Mertesacker
Pablo Zabaleta
Thomas Vermaelen
Gareth Barry
Mikel Arteta
Yaya Toure
Alex Song
David Silva
Aaron Ramsey
Sergio Aguero
Theo Walcott
Samir Nasri
Robin van Persie
Mario Balotelli
Yao Gervinho
Costel Pantilimon
Manuel Almunia
Joleon Lescott
Tomas Rosicky
James Milner
Andrey Arshavin
Edin Dzeko
Emmanuel Frimpong
Adam Johnson
Marouane Chamakh
Stefan Savic
Yossi Benayoun
Nigel De Jong
Ignasi Miquel
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Johnny On The Spot:
The rags and a legion of anti-City brigade-ers hopes of wheels falling off teh City juggernaut have been dashed. With the gauntlet thrown down, to a man City went toe to toe with a resurgent Arsenal in a pulsating, titanic clash. This was terrific, end to end entertainment played at a top quality technical level. Ultimately, City`s collective power, preparedness to mix it and will to win edged the contest, yet without Joe Hart`s by now undoubted brilliance, City could well have paid the price for spurning gilt edges chances repeatedly alongside a catalogue of overplaying into losing possession up front or a refusal to pull the trigger with opportunity begging. Still it's hard to criticise an amazing first half of the season.

Roberto Mancini and Arsene Wenger will know that this constitutes a massive win in the context of the Premier League title race as the top sides brace themselves for what Christmas will throw at them. Anything can happen and probably will, but City now stand 12 points clear of The Arsenal having hit 50 goals and cleared 40 points ahead of a tough challenge imminent in uncompromising Stoke. Mancio`s cunning rotation should see Milner, Dzeko and Lescott bolstering the starting XI for that battle. "Where were you when you were shit?" shrieked another Arsenal travelling support in Manchester who were more focused again in motivating our players and fans in instead of getting fully behind their side. In answer to that question, we were watching their side dish out a stunning footballing lesson to us twice a season. Not anymore. Stoke, you are next.

The journalist

Writer: danielqpr Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday December 18 2011

Time: 6:49PM

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Better team won - simples. Still, it was the best Premier League game of the season.
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18/12/2011 19:25:00

As with most lottery winners, you'll back amongst the trailer trash once the cash runs out.
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19/12/2011 00:08:00

The club is growing at such a rate czar that in a few years, all going well, we'll be able to compete with the top clubs in the transfer market with cash that we have earned. The idea that ADUG will get bored and walk away from this investment is ludicrous.
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19/12/2011 00:18:00

We'll be one of the 5 most profitable clubs in the world within 10 years and Mansour won't even have to dip into his back pocket anymore. Multiple financial experts have said we're in position to become a giant in football on and off the pitch, it helps our stadium is surrounded by vacant land owned by the club whereas in London there is almost no spare land to build on.
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