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  • September 23, 2012
  • • 16:00
  • • Etihad Stadium, Manchester
  • Referee: M. Dean
  • • Attendance: 47318
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  • Laurent Koscielny's second half strike saves a point for the Gunners following an impressive display after Manchester City took the lead against the run of play through Joleon Lescott. Mancini's men were unconvincing as Arsenal become the third side to take a point away from the Etihad in their last 32 home league matches.
  • FULL TIME: Manchester city 1-1 Arsenal
  • 90' + 3'
    Toure throws a foul throw as City try to break, and that might be that.
  • 90' + 2'
    Yellow Card Javi García
  • 90' + 2'
    Jenkinson is away from Garcia and bearing down the right flank before Garcia yanks him down from behind. Cynical tackle and his booked.
  • 90' + 1'
    Substitution Gervinho Francis Coquelin
  • 90' + 1'
    Three minutes of injury time to be added on.
  • 90'
    What a chance! Gervinho again! Does brilliantly to make space for a short but he blazes his shot horribly wide, what a chance for the Gunners to nick it.
  • 88'
    Arsenal look the more likely to find the winner here. Koscielny is in a inspired mood, using a nice bit of trickery to get himself out of a tight situation at the back before bursting forward and spraying the ball out to Giroud.
  • 87'
    Walcott strides at the City defense before wasting his good work with a sloppy pass to Gervinho.
  • 85'
    Substitution Sergio Agüero Mario Balotelli
  • 85'
    Greg Stobart reports: "It’s thrilling, end-to-end stuff now in east Manchester. City captain Vincent Kompany attempts a stunning overhead kick that forces an equally impressive save from Vito Mannone before Sergio Aguero fires wide after pinball in the Arsenal penalty box."
  • 84'
    WOW! First Kompany comes close with an audacious overhead kick but Mannone saves, Koscielny's clearance only goes to Aguero who is just in front of goal, but the Argentine who is off balance sends his shot inches wide of the post! Electric atmosphere inside the ground now!
  • 82'
    Goal Laurent Koscielny
  • 82'
    EQUALISER! Cazorla's corner is headed by Lescott but only into the path of Koscielny, who takes a touch and rifles a shot into the top corner to silence the Etihad! Game on!
  • 82'
    EQUALISER! Cazorla's corner is headed by Lescott but only into the path of Koscielny, who takes a touch and rifles a shot into the top corner to silence the Etihad! Game on!
  • 82'
    GOAALL!!! Manchester City 1-1 Arsenal (Koscielny)
  • 81'
    What a save! Cazorla drives a sweetly struck effort into the top corner but Hart is there to tip it wide for a corner!
  • 80'
    Great save from Mannone! Yaya Toure does what he does best, galloping past Arsenal's midfield and charging at goal, but he possibly held it too long before playing it to Aguero who shoots at the near post under pressure with Mannone making a fine save.
  • 79'
    There is palpable tension inside the Etihad as we edge towards the final ten minutes.
  • 78'
    Koscielny makes a super challenge sprinting towards his own goal after Arsenal give it away with the defender unmarked in the City area.
  • 77'
    Neither side are anywhere near the best here, sloppy passes all over the pitch from both sides in the last 15 minutes, David Silva the latest culprit.
  • 76'
    Arsenal are piling on the pressure now, Mancini's men are camped inside their own half.
  • 74'
    Threatening play from Arsenal. Jenkinson's ball from the right finds Gervinho at the back post, and he turns it into Giroud whose shot is blocked for a corner.
  • 73'
    Greg Stobart reports from the Eithad: "Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud replace Abou Diaby and Lukas Podolski as Arsenal look for a way back into the game. Arsene Wenger’s side have created virtually nothing since the interval after a very promising first-half. Perhaps Walcott's pace will provide the answer."
  • 72'
    Substitution Lukas Podolski Theo Walcott
  • 71'
    Substitution A. Diaby Olivier Giroud
  • 71'
    Double change for the visitors, as Walcott and Giroud replace Diaby and Podolski.
  • 71'
    The Gunners have 20 minutes to turn this result in their favour but are severely lacking end product, with Gervinho the main culprit.
  • 69'
    Greg Stobart reports: "Carlos Tevez comes on to replace Edin Dzeko for Manchester City in the 68th minute. Let’s see how he can combine with compatriot Sergio Aguero in the final quarter of the game."
  • 68'
    Substitution Edin Dzeko Carlos Tévez
  • 67'
    David Silva has a great chance to send Aguero through on goal but Mertesacker intervenes just in time, before the Gunners are on the attack ending with a wild shot wide from Gervinho.
  • 65'
    Arsenal look like they need freshening up as the imagination has been drained out of their play.
  • 63'
    David Silva evades a couple of challenges before attempting a low cross which only finds Koscielny. Cazorla and Podolski are fading, with Arteta also guilty of a pair of sloppy passes.
  • 61'
    Greg Stobart reports: "No prizes for guessing where the Sky studio is based today. The City and Arsenal fans join together to chant towards former Manchester United defender Gary Neville. And it’s not particularly complimentary."
  • 59'
    Arsenal enjoy a good spell of possession before Diaby sprays it out to Gibbs whose cross is cut out by Lescott.
  • 57'
    Podolski is penalised for a high challenge on Zabaleta, which allows for a short break as the tempo of the match was on the rise.
  • 55'
    Jenkinson crosses from the right with Gervinho waiting to turn it in but Joe Hart intercepts the cross, before throwing it out to Dzeko to get City on the attack. The big forward wins a corner which is taken by Silva and headed by Garcia into Mannone's hands.
  • 54'
    Claims for a penalty. Silva bears down on goal and plays in Ageuro who can't get away his shot properly under pressure from Gibbs and Koscielny, referee Mike Dean waves away the protests.
  • 53'
    Kompany makes a strong challenge on Diaby to break up a prolonged period of possession for the Gunners, but City immediately give it away.
  • 51'
    Manchester City have started the second period much better. Zabaleta's cross is blocked by Gibbs and City have another corner.
  • 49'
    Dzeko wins a free-kick off Arteta next to the corner flag and Arsenal have to defend another wide set-peice. Silva's delivery is headed to Ageuro who attempts a half-volley from the tightest of angles, with no luck.
  • 48'
    Corner for Arsenal comes to nothing and City break with Toure, but his pass is intercepted on the halfway line.
  • 47'
    Jack Rodwell has come on for Scott Sinclair with the hosts adjusting to a 4-3-3 formation.
  • 46'
    Substitution Scott Sinclair Jack Rodwell
  • 46'
    The weather has taken a turn for the worse, it's pouring with rain here. Man City take the kick-off and the second half is underway!
  • Greg Stobart reports from the Etihad: "It’s half-time at the Etihad Stadium and Manchester City go in at the break with a 1-0 advantage thanks to Joleon Lescott’s 40th minute header. Arsenal goalkeeper Vito Mannone will accept the blame after getting caught under David Silva’s corner when he came off his line to claim the ball. The scoreline is harsh on the Gunners, who have been the better side on the ball but Gervinho and Lukas Podolski have both lacked composure when presented with chances."
  • 45' + 2'
    HALF TIME: Manchester City 1-0 Arsenal
  • 44'
    Arsenal probe in and around the City box but the move breaks down and City can counter.
  • 43'
    Arsenal respond with a snatched effort from Cazorla following a decent spell of possession in the City third.
  • 42'
    Quick break from Man City ends with Dzeko swiping a strong shot at Mannone who does well to flick it over the bar.
  • 40'
    Assist David Silva
  • 40'
    Goal Joleon Lescott
    Manchester City lead against the run of play. Lescott rises highest to meet Silva's corner, with question marks over Mannone and Arsenal's zonal marking. The Gunners have been dominant but City lead!
  • 40'
    GOAL!! Manchester City 1-0 Arsenal (Lescott)
  • 39'
    Gibbs has been very good so far. Sinclair has him back peddling one-on-one but the Gunners' defend stands strong and makes a precise tackle inside the box.
  • 38'
    Arsenal look threatening again before Gervinho takes a heavy touch allowing Lescott to intercept.
  • 37'
    Ramsey breaks with pace through the middle and plays it to Gervinho who cuts in onto his right from from the left-flank but shoots wide of the near post. Arsenal fans at the opposite end of the ground think it's in.
  • 36'
    More groans as Toure carelessly gives it away when attempting to pick out Clichy on the run.
  • 35'
    Sinclair has been bright in patches, the Englishman switches to the right flank and swings in a dangerous cross with no one close enough to meet it.
  • 34'
    Podolski acts as the decoy as Cazorla strikes the free-kick low to Harts right, easy save for the City stopper.
  • 32'
    Aguero shoots from the edge of the box but Arsenal block, the Gunners then break with Ramsey before Kompany takes him down 30 yards from goal.
  • 31'
    Ramsey bursts past Toure and Garcia and plays in Gibbs who wins a corner for Arsenal. Mertesacker meets it at the front post but it loops into the air for Hart to catch comfortably.
  • 29'
    Diaby charges out of the back into final third, giving it to Podolski before asking for it back. Unfortunately the German over hits his return pass forcing Diaby out wide.
  • 28'
    Cazorla again is just brilliant, playing a cute pass inside Clichy for Gervinho in the tightest of areas in the box, but the French defender recovers just in time to foil Gervinho's attempt to cross.
  • 26'
    Gibbs floats over a ball to Ramsey who heads tamely at Hart. The Welshman caught between a shot and a pass to Gervinho square of him.
  • 26'
    It's been a super start to the game for Arsene Wenger's side. Mancini's charges look tentative so far.
  • 24'
    Great chance for Arsenal again! Jenkinson does brilliantly against Lescott, wiggling pass him on the touchline before cutting it back for Podolski inside the area, but the normally reliant German hitman blazes his shot well over the bar!
  • 24'
    Shouts for handball as Dzeko plays in into Mertesacker.
  • 23'
    Dzeko closes down Mertesacker and forces the big German to put it out for a throw.
  • 23'
    Dzeko closes down Mertesacker and forces the big German to put it out for a throw.
  • 21'
    Yaya decides to play a little game with Ramsey before going over Cazorla's leg. The Spaniard smiles as he tries to get the City man to his feet.
  • 20'
    Sinclair plays a clever lob into the path of Silva who fails to beat his man in the box, best opening for the hosts thus far, with Sinclair looking lively in the last 5 minutes.
  • 19'
    Diaby makes a challenge on Aguero inside the box just as the Argentine looked like he was going to shoot. Aguero stays down after the challenge but looks like he is fine to continue.
  • 17'
    Gibbs is again in behind on the left but this time his cross is over hit with three or four Arsenal bodies making their way into the area, impressive start from the Gunners. City are yet to get going.
  • 16'
    What a chance! Ramsey feeds Gervinho and with Clichy getting himself in a tangle the Ivorian is through on goal, but his first touch is horribly heavy and allows Hart to rush off his line and smother. What a let off for the hosts!
  • 14'
    Aguero wraps his foot around a shot from just inside the box and forces Mannone to parry low to his left, fortunately for the Italian the ball falls to Jenkinson who can clear.
  • 13'
    Cazorla find Gibbs with a looped ball in acres of space, but the full-back opts to play it across goal first time with Podolski primed close to the penalty box. Best opening of the game so far.
  • 12'
    Arsenal tease City with some one touch triangle passing patterns before Podolski is brought down.
  • 11'
    Silva gives the ball away twice in a matter of moments forcing one or two groans from the City crowd.
  • 10'
    David Silva back heels a lay-off for Yaya Toure to have a go at Mannone but Koscielny makes a brave block.
  • 9'
    Cazorla has a decent pop at goal from about 25 yards out but Hart gets down well and saves comfortably.
  • 8'
    Greg Strobart reports from the Etihad: "Very cagey so far between Manchester City and Arsenal, with both sides playing some neat passes but it’s very congested in central midfield and the ball has barely been out of the middle third of the pitch."
  • 7'
    Scott Sinclair has a run at Carl Jenkinson, but the Arsenal man holds strong and manages to win a goal-kick off the former Swansea winger.
  • 5'
    Cazorla looks for Gervinho with a through ball inside Kolarov but the pass is over it and Kompany collects. Mannone takes a sloppy kick out but the hosts fail to capitalise.
  • 4'
    Man City are playing a high pressing game on the evidence of the first four minutes here.
  • 2'
    Arsenal getting an early feel of the ball and attack down the right with Diaby and Ramsey combining on the edge of the area, nothing comes of it and they concede a throw-in.
  • 1'
    Arsenal take the kick-off and we are underway!
  • There will be a period of reflection before the match,for the loss of two local police officers. Both sides are also wearing black armbands as a tribute to the two women.
  • Greg Stobart reports from the Etihad: "The teams are out at the Etihad Stadium and we are moments from getting underway as the Arsenal players high five each other in the centre circle."
  • Mikel Arteta captains Arsene Wenger's side today in the absence of Thomas Vermaelen.
  • The players are in the tunnel and the atmosphere at the Etihad is building very nicely.
  • What a match we have here my friends. Yaya Toure vs Abou Diaby in the battle of the midfield behemoths should be tasty. Pint-sized Spaniards David Silva and Santi Cazorla will be trying to ochestrate their sides build-up play while Sergio Aguero and Lukas Podolski will hope to provide the killer finish. Less than ten minutes until kick-off!
  • The Premier League champions boast one heck of a home record. In their last 31 home league matches Mancini's men are unbeaten, with 29 victories and only two draws. Arsenal meanwhile have only lost one of their last 10 on the road.
  • Goal.com's Greg Stobart reports live from the Eithad: "Good afternoon from the Etihad Stadium where defending champions Manchester City will be looking to respond to United’s win with a victory of their own against Liverpool. Roberto Mancini is in deep conversation on the touchline with his assistant David Platt as the team warm-up ahead of kick-off, having decided to leave Carlos Tevez on the bench and start with Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko in attack. Speaking to some Arsenal fans here, they fancy their chances on the counter-attack this afternoon with the pace and skill of Gervinho, Cazorla and Podolski."
  • Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen take no part in today's match due to illness allowing Laurent Koscielny to make his first start of the season, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain makes way from the starting line-up and is replaced by Aaron Ramsey.
  • Arsenal: Mannone; Jenkinson, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Gibbs; Diaby, Arteta, Cazorla; Ramsey, Gervinho, Podolski. Subs: Martinez, Djourou, Andre Santos, Coquelin, Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Giroud.
  • Sergio Ageuro passed a late fitness test and plays in place of fellow Argentine Carlos Tevez, partnering Edin Dzeko and Scott Sinclair in attack.
  • Manchester City: Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy; Garcia, Y. Toure, Silva, Sinclair, Dzeko, Aguero. Subs: Pantilimon, Kolarov, Nastasic, Barry, Rodwell, Tevez, Balotelli.
  • Team news to follow...
  • Welcome ladies and gents to Goal.com's play-by-play coverage of Manchester City vs Arsenal LIVE from the Etihad Stadium. I'm Husmukh Kerai and I'm the man to take you through all the action from this afternoon's match live!