Manchester City v/s Arsenal: As it happened...
Zee Media Bureau/Jayanta Oinam
Man City 6 – 3 Arsenal
Now the leaders have dropped five points in their latest two games. But Gunners are still sitting atop, with 35 points, followed by Man City at 32, having played one more game from Liverpool and Chelsea@3rd and 4th respectively, with 30 points apiece.
90+6’ - Final whistle!
90+5’ – A PENALTY, and a customary celebration from Toure, who scores from the spot. The ref. has got no hesitation in pointing to the dreaded spot when Szczesny challenge caught Milner late, in the box.
6-3 to the Blues.
90+3’ - GOAL! For Arsena! Mertesacker header. Its 3-5 to Man City, though.
90+2’ – Pantilimon, under the bar produces a stunning save to deny Walcott his third, from a free-kick, just outside the box.
90’ – Frenchman Nasri comes off after a fruitful outing. Replaces by holding midfielder from Spain, Javi Garcia... with minutes remaining
88’ – GOAL!!! GOAL!!! The summer arrival from Brazil, Fernandinho makes it a brace for himself as the Citizens surely complete the capitulation of the league leaders.
Man City 5 – 2 Arsenal
83' - Visiting Arsenal certainly up the tempo in the second half, playing with more urgency and purpose, but the Man City defense stood firm.
80’ - Yellow card for skipper Kompany. The Belgian defender goes into Atkinson’s book. Hard tackle on Vermaelen.
77’ - Now, its Bendtner's turn now. After that goal against Hull City, Wenger certainly thinks the Denmark marksman can do some magic. On for Giroud.
75’ – Corner awarded to Man City. A short, cute one from Nasri, but nothing of worth.
72’ - Substitutes : Goal scorer Silva, who was also booked, comes off for James Milner. Certainly looking for more pace? And for Arsenal, Serge Gnarby replaces Flamini in defense
70’ – Ozil takes yet another corner for Arsenal. But the result comes to a naught. Nothing working from the set-pieces today for the Gunners. Still 30 mins more though!
Man City 4 – 2
66’ – It’s truly a festival of goals as two title contenders engage in a slugfest of a fight. For once, the Spaniards in Man City ranks, in Navas and Silva combines... and the result is a superb goal to extend the lead at the Etihad Stadium
62’ - GOAL!!! Returning from the sidelines, Walcott has his second. Intelligent play from Ramsey to set up the England international. So, it’s already a GOAL-FEST
59’ – Close call from Atkinson. Arsenal ask for a penalty as Zabaleta seemingly handles a ball in the box. But ref. thinks otherwise.
55' - Giroud misses an easy chance. Find himself failing to connect the ball in the area. It’s still 1-3 in favour of Man City
53’ - GOAL!!! Fernandinho scores third for the Citizens. The Brazilian laps on for a miss-directed pass from Ozil and curls on a beauty, pass Szczesny.
48’- As the proceeding resumes, Kun Aguero pulls up! And Navas will replace the Argentine
46' - Second half resumes in Manchester
Half time score:
Man City (14’Aguero, 38’Negredo) 2 – 1 (32’Walcott) Arsenal
Here’s the first half stats from Etihad Stadium: Goal attempt – Man City (12) Arsenal (4), Shots on the goal – Man City (2) Arsenal (1), Corner Kicks – Man City (5) Arsenal (2), Offsides – Man City (1) Arsenal (2), Fouls – Man City (5) Arsenal (2)
45+5’– Martin Atkinson blows the half time whistle. Score 2-1 to the hosts
42’- First substitute of the match. Vermaelen comes in for the injured French centre-back Koscielny for Arsenal.
38’ – GOAL! Its Man City 2 – Arsenal 1. This time Spaniard Negredo finds the back of the Arsenal net from a Zabaleta through ball.
35’ – Fantastic match so far from the title contenders. One on one, the physical, the very physical Citizens look to intimidate the Arsenal’s creative force in Ozil and Ramsey... but, one goal has changed it all – IT’S EVEN
32’- Its Walcott! Equaliser for the Gunners. A brilliant effort, and yet another delivery from the influential German Ozil in the area. So it reads 1-1 after half an hour duel
25’- Stats so far. 4 goal attempts for Man City, 3 for Arsenal; 4 fouls for Man City, 2 for Arsenal; 4 corners for Man City, 1 for Arsenal. All in all, the hosts are deservingly lead the match, thanks to a Aguero screamer
22’ – Arsenal win a free kick, the indomitable Yaya Toure at fault here
17’ - The goal resulted from a Man City corner - a beautiful team effort from Pellegrini’s squad, truly reflects the quality that is Aguero – a 15 yard hit, which left Szczesny with no chance.
14’ - Just when Gunners are looking the seize the initiatives from the Blues, Sergio Aguero scores the opener. Its 1 up for the host in 14 minutes
10’- First meaningful attack for the visiting team, Ozil takes the corner only to see the ball clears away by the City defenders
6’- Domination for the hosts at the Etihad Stadium, three corners so far. But unluckily for the boisterous crowd, the scoreboard still reads 0-0
2’- It’s two minutes into the match, and the Citizens have earned their first corner
Today's line-up in Manchester:
Man City: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Demichelis, Kompany, Clichy, Nasri, Fernandinho, Toure, Silva, Aguero, Negredo. Subs: Hart, Lescott, Milner, Dzeko, Kolarov, Javi Garcia, Jesus Navas.
Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Ramsey, Flamini, Walcott, Ozil, Wilshere, Giroud. Subs: Vermaelen, Rosicky, Arteta, Cazorla, Fabianski, Bendtner, Gnabry.
While the experience Martin Atkinson will officiate the match.
Welcome to our live coverage of Manchester City and Arsenal match at the Etihad Stadium. The Citizens are hosting the league leaders, Gunners hoping to cut the lead from five points.
Arsenal, having lost against Napoli in their final Champions League group game, would like to set the record straight against one of the title contenders in the domestic league today. A win today will surely give Arsene Wenger’s squad a much required impetus ahead of a challenging fortnight of football which includes fixtures against Chelsea, West Ham and Newscatle.
For Manuel Pellegrini’s team, today’s home fixture may well decide how well they can cope when the push comes little harder, against top teams. Surely, their away win against Bayern Munich in the continental front was deserving, to say the least, but they are still five big points behind the Gunners in England. With a goal difference of 26, highest in the league, they will go all out to score against a ‘sometimes fragile looking’ Arsenal defense to stake their claim for the title they won in 2011-12.