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Man City   0 - 3   Arsenal

Samir Nasri scores Arsenal's opening goal against Manchester City
Nasri opened the scoring for his seventh goal in as many Arsenal games

By David Ornstein

Arsenal profited from the early dismissal of Dedryck Boyata to secure an impressive victory over title rivals Manchester City at Eastlands.

Boyata fouled Marouane Chamakh when he was the last defender five minutes in.

Arsenal then went ahead as Samir Nasri exchanged passes with Andrey Arshavin and fired home, before Cesc Fabregas had a penalty saved by Joe Hart.

In the second half Alex Song curled home to double the lead and substitute Nicklas Bendtner slotted in a third.

The result means Arsene Wenger's men leapfrog West Brom, Tottenham, City and Manchester United into second, five points adrift of Premier League leaders Chelsea.

Arsenal were undoubtedly helped by Boyata's fifth-minute dismissal but the manner in which they went on to dispatch a side who spent £100m on new signings last summer was to be admired.

Their display gave credence to Wenger's insistence that you do not necessarily need to spend heavily to succeed.

And while City will be left to ponder their heaviest home defeat since losing 3-0 to Blackburn in January 2007, the Gunners can go away with renewed belief in their title chances.

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Much of the pre-match attention focused on Emmanuel Adebayor, who was the subject of huge controversy in the corresponding fixture last season and warmed up for the visit of his old club with a Europa League hat-trick against Lech Poznan in midweek.

As it happened, Adebayor was relegated to the substitutes bench - but that did little to take the spice out of proceedings and the opening stages were marked by a series of unsavoury challenges.

No sooner had City almost opened the scoring - Lukasz Fabianski reacting brilliantly to keep out David Silva's goalbound flick from a Carlos Tevez cross - than they went down to 10 men.

Fabregas sent Chamakh racing clear and Boyata was the last man back as he clattered into the Moroccan striker just outside the box. Replays suggested the Belgian failed to touch the ball.

Arsenal initially struggled to make their numerical advantage tell and Denilson's yellow card for a mistimed tackled on Tevez summed up their early rustiness.

City still 'one of the best' - Mancini

Boyata's dismissal saw Yaya Toure drop into defence but City were still enjoying the lion's share of possession and their formation - switching fluidly between 4-4-1, 4-2-2-1 and 4-2-3 - caused Arsenal plenty of problems.

However, the Gunners eventually settled into something resembling their usual rhythm and it paid dividends.

Shortly after an unmarked Johan Djourou nodded over from Bacary Sagna's cross, Nasri and Arshavin played a one-two on the right-hand side of the area and the Frenchman escaped the attentions of Gareth Barry to fire past Hart at the near post.

It was a goal of the highest order but Arsenal failed to kick on and Fabregas, Song and Djourou were all cautioned by referee Mark Clattenburg as they struggled to keep pace with the vibrant hosts.

Unfortunately for City, they were again undone by a mistimed tackle - Kompany felling Fabregas just inside the area with the Spaniard dribbling away from goal.

It was an unnecessary challenge from the Belgian but he was let off the hook when Hart dived to his left to claw away Fabregas's spot kick.

If Arsenal were struggling for momentum in the first half, that all changed after the break as they set up camp in opposition territory.

Wenger cites 'intelligent' approach

City boss Roberto Mancini replaced Toure with Wayne Bridge before Tevez was forced off with a muscular injury, and the disruption it caused played into Arsenal's hands.

The departure of Tevez resulted in the arrival of Adebayor - to deafening jeers from the away supporters - but the Togolese striker was starved of service and played a peripheral role.

Fabianski again needed to be at his best to deny Silva from a tight angle, but from then on it was all Arsenal and Song swept into the top corner following a period of sustained pressure.

Down to 10 men, losing 2-0 and without their inspirational captain - Tevez has scored seven of his team's 12 league goals this term - City looked a beaten team and their fans were soon heading for the exits.

Mario Balotelli made his welcome return from injury off the bench but his impact was negligible and Arsenal scored again when Bendtner, another substitute, was released by Nasri and applied a cool finish for his first goal of the season.

Eastlands was emptying out by the time City launched a late rally, Adebayor almost latching on to a Silva pass and Fabianski tipping Boateng's drive over the bar.

But Arsenal held on for a first clean sheet in 16 away games and only their second league victory on the road since March.

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Sunday, 24 October 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Man City 0-3 Arsenal FT
(HT 0-1)
    • Nasri 20
    • A Song 66
    • Bendtner 88

    Man City

    Substitutes

    Arsenal

    Substitutes

    Ref: ClattenburgAtt: 47,393
    MAN CITY
    ARSENAL

    Possession

    • Man City 38%
    • Arsenal 62%

    Attempts on target

    • Man City 6
    • Arsenal 8

    Attempts off target

    • Man City 3
    • Arsenal 4

    Corners

    • Man City 6
    • Arsenal 7

    Fouls

    • Man City 11
    • Arsenal 10
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:05 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
    • 90:00+2:00 Short corner worked by David Silva.
    • 90:00+0:23 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by David Silva.
    • 89:46 Corner taken right-footed by David Silva. Jerome Boateng takes a shot. Lukasz Fabianski makes a save.
    • 88:43 The referee blows for offside. Lukasz Fabianski restarts play with the free kick.
    • 88:00 Emmanuel Adebayor takes a shot. Jerome Boateng gets a block in. Bacary Sagna has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 87:47 Assist on the goal came from Samir Nasri.
    • 87:47 GOAL - Nicklas BendtnerMan City 0 - 3 Arsenal Goal scored by Nicklas Bendtner from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man City 0-3 Arsenal.
    • 83:27 Substitution Theo Walcott comes on in place of Francesc Fabregas.
    • 83:27 Substitution Nicklas Bendtner joins the action as a substitute, replacing Marouane Chamakh.
    • 80:23 Effort on goal by Marouane Chamakh from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 78:42 Corner taken right-footed by Samir Nasri from the left by-line, save by Joe Hart.
    • 74:08 Samir Nasri decides to take the corner short.
    • 73:00 The offside flag is raised against Emmanuel Adebayor. Lukasz Fabianski restarts play with the free kick.
    • 72:21 Mario Balotelli fouled by Neves Denilson, the ref awards a free kick. David Silva takes the free kick.
    • 72:04 Neves Denilson takes a shot. Joe Hart makes a save.
    • 71:02 Francesc Fabregas restarts play with the free kick, The ball is sent over by Vincent Kompany, save by Joe Hart.
    • 71:02 Substitution (Man City) makes a substitution, with Mario Balotelli coming on for Gareth Barry.
    • 71:02 Booking Vincent Kompany booked.
    • 70:48 Vincent Kompany challenges Bacary Sagna unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 69:21 Direct free kick taken by Nigel De Jong.
    • 69:21 Substitution Andrey Arshavin goes off and Tomas Rosicky comes on.
    • 69:21 Neves Denilson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Micah Richards.
    • 68:28 Neves Denilson is penalised for a handball. Free kick taken by Nigel De Jong.
    • 67:00 Andrey Arshavin challenges Micah Richards unfairly and gives away a free kick. James Milner restarts play with the free kick.
    • 65:50 GOAL - Alex SongMan City 0 - 2 Arsenal Alex Song scores a goal from inside the box to the top left corner of the goal. Man City 0-2 Arsenal.
    • 64:49 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Samir Nasri.
    • 60:29 Corner taken by Samir Nasri from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Emmanuel Adebayor.
    • 58:50 Andrey Arshavin takes a shot. Save made by Joe Hart.
    • 58:04 Emmanuel Adebayor has a header from close range and clears the crossbar.
    • 57:33 David Silva takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post.
    • 56:55 David Silva takes a outswinging corner.
    • 56:37 David Silva takes a shot. Save by Lukasz Fabianski.
    • 55:25 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gael Clichy by Vincent Kompany. Free kick taken by Francesc Fabregas.
    • 51:30 Lukasz Fabianski takes the free kick.
    • 51:30 Substitution Emmanuel Adebayor joins the action as a substitute, replacing Carlos Tevez.
    • 51:30 The assistant referee flags for offside against David Silva.
    • 50:46 The ball is delivered by Gael Clichy, save made by Joe Hart.
    • 47:24 Francesc Fabregas takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
    • 46:10 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Francesc Fabregas by Jerome Boateng. Andrey Arshavin restarts play with the free kick.
    • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
    • 45:01 Substitution Wayne Bridge on for Gnegneri Toure Yaya.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+3:09 The referee calls an end to the first half.
    • 45:00+2:10 Foul by Nigel De Jong on Francesc Fabregas, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Samir Nasri, clearance by Vincent Kompany.
    • 45:00+0:10 Neves Denilson takes a shot. Blocked by Vincent Kompany.
    • 42:30 Andrey Arshavin has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 40:45 Corner from the left by-line taken by David Silva, Header from deep inside the area by Vincent Kompany goes over the bar.
    • 40:25 David Silva gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Bacary Sagna. Bacary Sagna takes the direct free kick.
    • 40:09 Penalty taken by Francesc Fabregas is saved by Joe Hart. Man City 0-1 Arsenal.
    • 39:06 Vincent Kompany concedes a Penalty for a foul on Francesc Fabregas.
    • 35:49 Direct free kick taken by Gnegneri Toure Yaya.
    • 35:49 Booking Caution for Johan Djourou.
    • 35:41 Carlos Tevez fouled by Johan Djourou, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 34:15 Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Blocked by Sebastien Squillaci.
    • 33:32 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Silva by Samir Nasri. Nigel De Jong takes the free kick.
    • 32:11 Direct free kick taken by Gnegneri Toure Yaya.
    • 32:11 Booking Alex Song booked.
    • 32:04 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Silva by Alex Song.
    • 30:50 Handball by Neves Denilson. David Silva takes the free kick.
    • 29:48 Samir Nasri crosses the ball, clearance made by Micah Richards.
    • 27:35 Effort from deep inside the area by Micah Richards misses to the left of the target.
    • 27:05 Nigel De Jong restarts play with the free kick.
    • 27:05 Booking Francesc Fabregas goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
    • 26:46 Francesc Fabregas concedes a free kick for a foul on Nigel De Jong.
    • 26:02 Andrey Arshavin takes a shot. Blocked by David Silva. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Samir Nasri, save made by Joe Hart.
    • 25:12 Samir Nasri challenges James Milner unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jerome Boateng restarts play with the free kick.
    • 24:07 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Neves Denilson by Carlos Tevez. Free kick taken by Lukasz Fabianski.
    • 22:48 Samir Nasri is caught offside. Joe Hart takes the indirect free kick.
    • 20:00 Assist by Andrey Arshavin.
    • 20:00 GOAL - Samir NasriMan City 0 - 1 Arsenal Goal scored by Samir Nasri from close in high into the middle of the goal. Man City 0-1 Arsenal.
    • 17:20 Bacary Sagna produces a cross, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Johan Djourou goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
    • 16:41 Samir Nasri takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Vincent Kompany manages to make a clearance.
    • 16:12 Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Save made by Lukasz Fabianski.
    • 13:07 Unfair challenge on David Silva by Alex Song results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Gnegneri Toure Yaya.
    • 12:26 Direct free kick taken by Alex Song.
    • 12:26 Booking Gareth Barry is booked.
    • 12:21 Gareth Barry concedes a free kick for a foul on Francesc Fabregas.
    • 7:58 Direct free kick taken by Micah Richards.
    • 7:58 Booking Neves Denilson goes into the book.
    • 7:33 Neves Denilson concedes a free kick for a foul on Carlos Tevez.
    • 7:03 Inswinging corner taken by Samir Nasri from the left by-line, Vincent Kompany makes a clearance.
    • 6:29 James Milner concedes a free kick for a foul on Samir Nasri. Gael Clichy takes the direct free kick.
    • 5:52 James Milner challenges Francesc Fabregas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Francesc Fabregas takes the direct free kick.
    • 4:37 Francesc Fabregas takes the free kick.
    • 4:37 Sent off The referee sends off Dedryk Boyata for professional foul.
    • 4:09 Dedryk Boyata challenges Marouane Chamakh unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 3:21 Micah Richards crosses the ball, clearance made by Bacary Sagna.
    • 2:06 Andrey Arshavin is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Joe Hart.
    • 1:01 Carlos Tevez sends in a cross, David Silva takes a shot. Lukasz Fabianski makes a save.
    • 0:00 The game kicks-off.

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    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Chelsea 9 23 22
    2 Arsenal 9 11 17
    3 Man Utd 9 8 17
    4 Man City 9 4 17
    5 Tottenham 9 3 15
    6 West Brom 9 -2 15
    7 Sunderland 9 1 12
    8 Bolton 9 0 12
    9 Newcastle 9 1 11
    10 Aston Villa 9 -4 11
    11 Everton 9 1 10
    12 Birmingham 9 -2 10
    13 Stoke 9 -3 10
    14 Blackpool 9 -7 10
    15 Wigan 9 -9 10
    16 Fulham 9 -1 9
    17 Blackburn 9 -2 9
    18 Liverpool 9 -5 9
    19 Wolves 9 -7 6
    20 West Ham 9 -10 6

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