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Premier League

  • December 18, 2011
  • • 11:10 AM
  • • Etihad Stadium, Manchester
  • Referee: P. Dowd
  • • Attendance: 47303

Live Commentary

  • That'll do it from me, Shane Evans (or @shanevans on the Twitters). Great match today. I'll be speaking with you all soon. For now, good day, Godspeed and Golden Balls!
  • 90' + 4'
    THERE IT IS! City with the 1-0 win over Arsenal in one of the matches of the season. Amazing stuff from the Etihad. Want to know what the EPL is all about? Watch a replay of this one.
  • 90' + 4'
    Final whistle to come in a matter of seconds!
  • 90' + 3'
    Inches wide from Vermaelen who tees it up from the top of the box and bends it just by the far post. Excellent stuff. Super duper awesome sauce.
  • 90' + 2'
    City with a good chance at the other end. Aguero to Dzeko down the line. Shot is wasted and Arsenal go forward.
  • 90' + 1'
    Four minutes of stoppages!
  • 90'
    Ball is slid across the box by Arteta to a waiting Vermaelen who fires a swerving shot that is pushed aside by Hart. Great save.
  • 90'
    Chamakh wins a freekick for Arsenal in a good area to the left of the box.
  • 89'
    Arsenal gets a decent chance as a Koscielny cross bends in to RVP who drops it down for Arshavin. The little Russian then scuffs his shot wide of the near post.
  • 88'
    Aguero puts in another late boot that draws the whistle but no second yellow for the Argentine.
  • 87'
    Three minutes remain for Arsenal to snag an equalizers. Gervinho looking quite dangerous but the service from Koscielny not good.
  • 86'
    SubstitutionSamir Nasri Edin Dzeko
  • 85'
    SubstitutionYaya Touré Nigel De Jong
  • 85'
    A few more subs for City as the tired legs are replaced with fresh ones, as you do.
  • 83'
    SubstitutionPer Mertesacker Marouane Chamakh
    Mertesacker comes off for Chamakh as the Gunners keep trying for an equalizer.
  • 82'
    Arsenal hasn't given up just yet. Still pushing, but the resistance is there. Great match.
  • 80'
    Aguero goes down the right side of the box and fires in from a sharp angle. Szczesny parries away. Great ending to this one.
  • 79'
    Lots of pressure by Arsenal to get an equalizer late on here. City doing very well to defend.
  • 77'
    Tricky moment in the City box as Richards clearly handles but no call is made. Would have been slightly harsh.
  • 76'
    A corner from City is played in and then headed away by RVP. Arsenal look to break the other way. Win a throw deep in City's end.
  • 75'
    15 minutes left on the clock from the Etihad. Things getting slightly out of hand with a number of late challenges.
  • 74'
    Yellow Card Mikel Amatrian Arteta
  • 73'
    Balotelli is then withdrawn for James Milner. City trying to settle things down a touch.
  • 72'
    SubstitutionMario Balotelli James Milner
  • 72'
    Yellow Card Sergio Agüero
  • 72'
    Aguero goes in the book for a late challenge on Vermaelen. Deserved that one.
  • 70'
    SubstitutionTheo Walcott Andrey Arshavin
    Arsenal wins a freekick in a somewhat dangerous area as Walcott comes off for Arshavin.
  • 70'
    Comes to nothing this time.
  • 70'
    The freekick is laid off by RVP to Vermaelen who fires a deflected shot in. Corner coming once more.
  • 69'
    Please excuse typos. :-)
  • 67'
    Walcott at the other end plays a cross/shot into the danger zone that RVP heads right into Harts flailing midsection. Great save by the Englishman though the flag was (wrongly) up.
  • 66'
    City wins a freekick at the corner of the box that Silva plays into the box. Szczesny catches and tries to clear out, but Arsenal play out of the back and Zabaleta steals. He lines one up and fires and HITS THE BAR. Holy sweet sassy molassy.
  • 64'
    Things keep going at the other end as Arsenal find a bit of shape and Gervinho is able to play the ball across the area to RVP who fires first time and forces another good save out of Joe Hart. Can barely keep up...
  • 63'
    City with a 3-on-0 going into the six yard box and all Nasri had to do was slide across to Balotelli and he overplays the pass. Should have been 2-0. Arsenal nearly out of it.
  • 62'
    Nasri and Aguero causing problems for Arsenal in the box. Nasri tries to dance around about five Arsenal players, but the ball drips out to Aguero who fires first time and his lovely low shot goes just wide of the far post.
  • 61'
    A few non-calls results in a City chance through Yaya whose shot is blocked. The tempo of this match has just gone into overdrive. This is what the EPL is all about.
  • 59'
    City with a bit more of the ball now following Arsenal's post-goal rebound. Another half hour of this and it'll be settled.
  • 57'
    Arsenal at the other end work a solid move that sees RVP in on Hart all by his lonesome. Ball is chipped over the keeper and into the net...but the flag is up.
  • 55'
    Noise level just went up a few decibels...
  • 54'
    Right back at the other end, Walcott slides into the middle and fires a hard shot on Hart who deflects over. Still 1-0 City.
  • 53'
    Assist Sergio Agüero
  • 53'
    Goal David Silva
    WE HAVE A GOAL! 1-0 to City. Balotelli in miles of space down the left, cuts in and fires. Szczesny can't handle and the rebound eventually falls to Silva who taps in. Home side in front.
  • 52'
    Little back and forth stuff here. Arsenal up, then City down.
  • 50'
    From the corner, Silva is taken down by Miquel but it appears that the tackle was clean.
  • 49'
    Nervy touch from Miquel who wastefully puts it behind for a City corner.
  • 49'
    Arsenal with the early pressure in this second half. Moving the ball around with some success. Good stuff again.
  • 47'
    SubstitutionJohan Djourou Miquel
    Early change here as Miquel, squad number 49, comes on for an injured Djourou. Fifth center back to play in this match for Arsenal.
  • 47'
    A couple tough tackles to start the second period. Keeping things interesting you know.
  • 46'
    And we're underway here from Etihad Stadium. LOVELY!
  • There we have it. The whistle brings an end to the first half. Time for a cup of tea. Follow me on Twitter while you wait @shanevans.
  • Teams coming back onto the pitch now for the second half and I didn't burn my tongue with my tea! Two exciting things!
  • 45' + 2'
    Both teams giving referee Phil Dowd plenty of guff in the latter stages of the first half. Been a contentious one, for sure.
  • 45' + 1'
    Two minutes of stoppage time coming. Through one now.
  • 45'
    Yellow Card Laurent Koscielny
    More bookings as Koscielny sees a yella for tripping Aguero with his hands. Yeah, that happened.
  • 45'
    Super Mario looks slightly frustrated as he's felled chasing a ball. Coincidental contact, mate.
  • 43'
    Uh-oh...RVP goes down in a heap behind the play as Zabaleta takes him down. Tough tackle but it looks like the Dutchman will be ok.
  • 41'
    Mr. Aguero almost opens the scoring as his run parallel to the top of the box results in a low, hard shot that is pounced on by Szczesny. Top stuff from both parties.
  • 40'
    The visitors have definitely been the better side in the last 10 minutes or so. Seemed to finally get into the match with a bit of consistency.
  • 39'
    Yellow Card Gareth Barry
    Gareth Barry goes in the book for a cheeky-looking tackle on Mikel Arteta. Just desserts me thinks.
  • 37'
    Commentator Gary Neville calls this a "brilliant game to watch." Well said, sir.
  • 35'
    Arsenal with its best chance of the match started through Koscielny bounding through the middle. He then lays off to RVP whose shot is deflected and nearly nicked in by Ramsey who was taken down rather clumsily. Lots going on in that on. More good stuff from the Gunners.
  • 33'
    Arsenal gets a little bit going there with a few nice passes that ends with a backing-off-header from RVP. Tough chance but was a useful one regardless.
  • 30'
    Arsenal not giving an inch right now. Really good defending, especially by Koscielny on Aguero. Good stuff.
  • 29'
    Nice little move around the area by City there results in a blocked Yaya shot. Corner to come...
  • 29'
    So, you know, just less chances. More argy-bargy.
  • 28'
    Things again slow down but plenty of cheeky fouls and the like going on between the two sides.
  • 23'
    WOWZERS! A Richards ball is played in and bounces around the box and somehow three Arsenal defenders couldn't clear it. It then falls to Balotelli about three yards out and the Italian blasts on net but is denied by a wonderful Szczesny save.
  • 22'
    More pressure from the home side as Yaya tries to make a nuisance of himself but Arsenal hold fast.
  • 21'
    City pushes down the other end through Balotelli who is bodied off the ball at the line. Obviously wanted a foul.
  • 17'
    Well then, Arsenal with its first good move of the match. Song plays a lovely straight ball into the box to Gervinho who flies in on net and fires at Joe Hart, who saves well to force a corner. From the next set piece, it comes in and shot is deflected at Hart who saves again. Nice little flurry by the Gunners.
  • 17'
    Ok, it's really slowed. City has definitely taken its foot off the pedal when it looked to have Arsenal on ze ropes.
  • 14'
    The pace has slowed slightly in the last few moments, much to Arsenal's liking.
  • 13'
    All City, all the time right now. Arsenal can barely get out of its own end.
  • 11'
    Yellow Card Alex Song
  • 11'
    Another good chance from City as it puts in a ball to Silva who turns and shoots on his off leg in the box. Well held though by Szczesny.
  • 10'
    Less than a minute later, Aguero played through again into the box and can't finish. You expect him to finish those.
  • 9'
    Great work by City on the best move of the match. Barry diagonally across to Zabaleta on the left who plays early into Aguero. Takes it on the hop and fires it over the bar. He was in a perfecto scoringo positiono and didn't take the chance. Not like him.
  • 9'
    Gervinho tries to get tricky down the right but Yaya puts in a nice tackle to keep it away.
  • 7'
    Arsenal break through Walcott but then it comes the other way thanks to some good defending by Kompany and Nasri almost puts Aguero through. A bit of the 'high octane' stuff on offer. Me likey.
  • 6'
    Nice area for a free kick at the top area of the box is played in by Nasri and JUST taken by Szczesny ahead of a Micah Richards lunge. Good stuff there by Nasri.
  • 5'
    JUST HEARD THIS: Sergio Aguero is quick as lightning. Almost ran a ball down that he had no business reaching but was thwarted by Laurent Koscielny.
  • 4'
    Some high pressure from City early on. Not giving Arsenal much room on the pelota.
  • 3'
    Vincent Kompany with a nice little darting run through the midfield, then its continued by Sergio Aguero. Couldn't put a finishing move on it, however.
  • 2'
    Bit of miscommunication there as Mario Balotelli passes the ball out of bounds.
  • 1'
    First minute? Boring.
  • 1'
    Here we goooooo!
  • Teams on the pitch now. Kickoff is just SECONDS away. Mere seconds.
  • Should be a real (Christmas) cracker of a match. Kick-off in about 10 minutes or so. Sit tight, my friends.
  • Pair of former Arsenal players playing against their old team in this one in Kolo Toure and Samir Nasri.
  • and the Arsenal: Szczesny, Djourou, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Song, Arteta, Ramsey, Walcott, Gervinho, Van Persie. Subs: Rosicky, Almunia, Arshavin, Frimpong, Chamakh, Benayoun, Miquel.
  • Manchester City: Hart, Richards, Kolo, Kompany, Zabaleta, Yaya, Barry, Silva, Balotelli, Nasri, Aguero. Subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Savic, Milner, De Jong, A. Johnson, Dzeko.
  • Hello everyone!'s Shane Evans (@shanevans) with you for the Manchester City-Arsenal tilt from Etihad Stadium. Lots at stake, as per usual. First, your lineups...