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Arsenal 0 - Manchester City 2

FA Barclays Premier League

The Emirates Stadium


Attendance: 60, 107

Referee: Mike Dean

0 - 2
Manchester City
Milner 21′ Dzeko 32′
Venue: The Emirates Stadium
Attendance: 60, 107
The Teams
01 Szczesny
01 Hart
03 Sagna
04 Kompany
05 Vermaelen
05 Zabaleta
06 Koscielny
22 Clichy
28 Gibbs
33 Nastasic
02 Diaby
07 Milner
10 Wilshere
14 Garcia
14 Walcott
18 Barry
15 Ox-Chamberlain
21 Silva
19 Cazorla
10 Dzeko
09 Podolski
32 Tevez
24 Mannone
30 Pantilimon
04 Mertesacker
06 Lescott
11 Santos
13 Kolarov
25 Jenkinson
44 Rekik
16 Ramsey
11 Sinclair
22 Coquelin
36 Suarez
12 Giroud
45 Balotelli
Game Statistics
Goal Attempts
On Target
Yellow Cards
Red Cards
Johnny On the Spot: Roberto Mancini's men have broken another unwanted record. What threatened to be an absolute caning for Arsenal evolved into a nasty second half war of attrition as the champions rode out a combined clear directive of adopting make sure tactics, the requirement to fight physical fire with fire and a referee disappointedly intent on evening up the sending off score to register a massively important win...It's a stunning fact of Arsene Wenger's previously glittering reign how many of his team's games descend into indiscipline fuelled rage from touchline to stands, then a small mountain of fouls and cards. Time and again though, Mancio's sides have proven they can mix it when neccessary and this was no exception...Rewind to The Etihad in October 2010 and Dedryk Boyata's sending off in the opening minutes which led to Arsenal running out comfortable three nil winners. That straight red was debatable. Arsenal cried similar uproar and anguish today over Koscielny's expulsion but only after City had comfortably bossed proceedings...It would be churlish to suggest that The Blues were not the far better team in this contest. Arsenal's lack of a cutting edge was glaring. Fine passing side when focused that they are, passing statistics of 586 to 375 bear that argument out... The absolute need for City was to win and the option of sitting deep, always risky at two nil, ultimately paid off despite the harsh sending off of Vincent Kompany that surely City will appeal...Planet Blue can breathe easier tonight. Not so much over City equalising Liverpool's pisspoor first half performance at the swamp, but in gaining delight over a chasing pack that had become too close for comfort. There were some immense City performances today. Milner, Zabaleta, Silva, Kompany, Nastasic and Clichy were all oustanding in key areas. The title race is far from over yet. Stats Courtesy BBC Sports

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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 13 2013

Time: 5:56PM

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Arsenal must be getting very near the 100 red card mark under Wenger by now. Pity Wilshere didn't get one, he is a rather nasty piece of work who also likes to roll about like he's been shot every time he gets brushed. Nice to see Podolski adopting the Gooner tactics when he slapped Zabaleta across the face, just a pity the ref didn't see it. Oh well, 3 points, and if there is any justice in this world, Kompany's totally undeserved red will be rescinded immediately. Over to our Gooner chums for their rebuttal...
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13/01/2013 18:33:00

Hope our captain can get off, a massive 3pts for us and it puts whinging Wenger in his place, he can have no complaints.
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13/01/2013 21:42:00

Strange, but I'm almost certain that if Arsenal had won yesterday that our board would be crawling with triumphant gooners banging on about History, class and how Manchester City are ruining football. Guess the sad reality of their waning football club has stifled their vitriole.
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