EPL Gameweek 22, Sunday football: As it happened...

Welcome to our live coverage of English Premier League (EPL) Gameweek 22, Sunday football actions. After yesterday's goal-fest, we have two important match-ups on Sunday. West Ham United will take on on Hull City, while Manchester City are welcoming Arsenal at Etihad Stadium.

EPL Gameweek 22, Sunday football: As it happened...

Welcome to our live coverage of English Premier League (EPL) Gameweek 22, Sunday football actions. After yesterday's goal-fest, we have two important match-ups on Sunday. West Ham United will take on on Hull City, while Manchester City are welcoming Arsenal at Etihad Stadium.


City's bid to defend the title fizzles out at home. Next gameweek, they will travel to leaders Chelsea trailing five points. Interestingly, Man City have failed to win any of their four league games that Yaya Toure has missed this season. They drew three times, before today's defeat. And it is their second defeat at home by a margin of 2+ goals. Arsenal beat them 3-0 in October 2010.

Arsenal's possession of 35% is their least in some 12 years, since the start of keeping records. They had fewer shots too, 12 to 9.

MATCH REPORT


FULL-TIME UPDATE: Man City 0 - 2 Arsenal


Man City 0 - 2 (Cazorla 24'(P), Giroud 67') Arsenal: In the 90th minute, Rosicky and Flamini combined to create an opening in the City defense but recipient Giroud failed to pass Clichy.

FOUR MINUTES added.


Couple more minutes into regulation time.

Man City 0 - 2 (Cazorla 24'(P), Giroud 67') Arsenal: Little ambitious from Rosicky. He had two options to minus the ball, but instead went for the goal, and ball ballooned. (84th minute)

Subs rolling in for Arsenal. Kieran Gibbs for Alexis Sanchez and Mathieu Flamini for Aaron Ramsey. Aguero booked for physical haranguing Kieran Gibbs. (86th minute)


Man City 0 - 2 (Cazorla 24'(P), Giroud 67') Arsenal: Jovetic just missed a golden opportunity to reduced the gap. The ball deflected for a corner in 79th minute.


Man City 0 - 2 (Cazorla 24'(P), Giroud 67') Arsenal: With each passing minute, Sanchez is beginning to show his real pace and guile. He is everywhere. Pellegrini has brought Edin Dzeko comes on for Jesus Navas in 76th minute.


Man City 0 - 2 (Cazorla 24'(P), Giroud 67') Arsenal: Rosicky subs Oxlade-Chamberlain as match hold on following a foul on Sanchez. Free kick to Arsenal. 66th minute.

GOAL! And from the set-play, Giroud heads home for the second goal. Delightful delivery from Cazorla. Fernando, who was checking the Frenchman, let loose his marking.


Man City 0 - 1 (Cazorla 24'(P)) Arsenal: Frank Lampard on for Fernandinho, 63rd minute. Lampard is undefeated as City player so far. Lucky mascot!


Man City 0 - 1 (Cazorla 24'(P)) Arsenal: It could have easily gone in. But the teasing cross from the left missed Aguero on a vantage point, and went off a Arsenal defender for corner. City are pilling on the pressure on Gunners.(58th minute)


Man City 0 - 1 (Cazorla 24'(P)) Arsenal: Delayed yellow card for Bellerin (56th minute). The referee ran all the way from City goal-mouth to opposite end to flash the card. Moments ago, Arsenal had their chance to increase the lead. But Ramsey could produced only a skier from Sanchez-Giroud move.


Man City 0 - 1 (Cazorla 24'(P)) Arsenal: A blatant, deliberate hand-ball by Fernandinho and he has been booked in 54th minute. The visible difference between these two sides is City are quick on the ball while, Arsenal are waiting for loose balls. Waiting can be dangerous though.


Man City 0 - 1 (Cazorla 24'(P)) Arsenal: Some frenetic defending from the Gunners. City's sweeping attacks from both the flanks are creating problems. City earned second half's second corner in 51st minute.


Man City 0 - 1 (Cazorla 24'(P)) Arsenal: Great start from the champions. Aguero forced Ospina to produced his first save of the match as early as 46th minute.

During the break, Pellegrini had brought in Stevan Jovetic in place of James Milner.


For a change, Arsenal sit deep in defence and the result -- a frustrating first half for Man City who have dominated the possession. Citizens, for all their creative play including four corners, got only one shot at the goal as late as 36th minute. In contrast, Arsenal had three sigh. 

The half-time talk is: How can the Professor even think of playing such a negative game! Gunners did the same thing against Liverpool too, and won. It seems, Wenger is learning and want to win.


HALF-TIME UPDATE: Manchester City 0 - 1 Arsenal


Man City 0 - 1 (Cazorla 24'(P)) Arsenal: Yellow card for Ramsey, for a trip on Aguero in the middle in the 38th minute. A couple of minutes later, Kompany also get himself booked for a foul on Sanchez.


Man City 0 - 1 (Cazorla 24'(P)) Arsenal: Champions continue to search their equaliser with a spell of attacks, including a corner in 35th minute. But Arsenal's young defenders Bellerin and Coquelin are up to the task.


Man City 0 - 1 (Cazorla 24'(P)) Arsenal: Penalty to Arsenal. Kompany, who was brilliant so far, blocked Monreal inside the box. And Santi Cazorla scores from the spot, beating a diving Joe Hart on the right corner.Arsenal, Santi Cazorla, celebrates, teammates, Manchester City, Penalty

It was the Spaniard's fifth goal, and fourth from the spot this season.


Man City 0 - 0 Arsenal: Citizens are enjoying better possession in this early part of the game (15 minutes). Arsenal, probably, are happy to sit back. So far, no shots on the goal. Yet, on the 16th minute, Oxlade-Chamberlain produced a good cross for Giroud on counter attack, from there the Frenchman tried a valliant header which missed the target. But a corner was given to the visitors.


Man City 0 - 0 Arsenal: After a couple of exchanges from either side, City get their first corner (2nd minute). On the move, they also forced referee Mike Dean to book Laurent​ Koscielny, for blocking Fernandinho.


Appetiser to the big match:


FULL-TIME UPDATE: 


West Ham (Carroll 49', Amalfitano 69', Downing 72') 3 - 0 Hull City: It's one-way traffic in West Ham. Stewart Downing scored from a superb Alex Song pass.


Citizens skipper Company, goal poacher Aguero and medio Milner are back. Their starts means Jovetic, Nasri and Mangala are dropped. For Gunners, Ramsey comes in for Rosicky. Ospina keeps his place. 


Manchester City vs Arsenal line-ups:

Man City XI: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Clichy, Fernandinho, Fernando, Navas, Silva, Milner, Aguero

Subs: Caballero, Mangala, Sagna, Kolarov, Lampard, Jovetic, Dzeko

Arsenal XI: Ospina, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Alexis, Giroud

Subs: Szczesny, Gibbs, Chambers, Flamini, Rosicky, Ozil, Walcott


West Ham (Carroll 49', Amalfitano 69') 2 - 0 Hull City: The sub scored. Amalfitano, who just replaced Noble, doubled Hammers lead at Upton Park. What a turn of events. Hull were looking the better side, and now they are trailling by two goals to nil.


In between, the build-up to the blockbuster match-up continues...


West Ham, Andy Carroll, scores, Hull City, goalkeeper, Allan McGregor, Curtis Davies

West Ham (Carroll 49') 1 - 0 Hull City: Finally, lanky Andy Carroll tapped in to score. It was his eighth goal for the Hammers.


HALF-TIME UPDATE: West Ham 0 - 0 Hull City

Wasteful 45 minutes of play concluded with neither side doing enough to break the dead-lock. Again, Hull were the better side and in the second half, they should at least convert some of those chances.


West Ham 0 - 0 Hull City: It's still goalless at Bolleyn Ground. And 25 good minutes gone. But credit should be given to Hull players for trying to force an issue here, away at West Ham.


West Ham United vs Hull City starting line-up:

West Ham XI: Jenkinson, Collins, Tomkins, Cresswell, Song, Noble, Nolan, Downing, Carroll, Valencia

Hull XI:


PREVIEW

A win today will propel hammers within four points to the fourth place Manchester United in the table. And with that, they can hope against hope for a top four finish. For the traveling Hull City fans, it's all about survival. They are way off the safety zone in the battle to avoid relegation. With a better goal-difference among the strugglers, a draw will for the time being lift them two notches above the relegation zone, at 16th.

The match at the historic Bolleyn Ground will start at 7:00 PM IST.

Today's second match between defending champions Manchester City and perennial contenders Arsenal has everything to talk about. Citizens have seemingly conceded some grounds to league leaders Chelsea, and what Manuel Pellegrini needs now is a win. Not lesser than three points to keep themselves in the title race against a classy Blues of Jose Mourinho.

Stakes are even higher for the the visiting Gunners. In their last visit, Arsene Wenger suffered a colossal defeat. Today, they need more than three points. However, considering their recent form against top teams in the league, a draw should suffice their needs. In between, Pellegrini has lost only tow of his 29 league games at Etihad.

Manchester City-Arsenal match kicks-off at 9:30 PM IST. This is one match, which is sure to produce lots of goals and some drama.

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