Premier League

September 23, 2012

Full-time

Manchester City

1 - 1

Arsenal

Premier League

15:00 +00:00, September 23, 2012

Etihad Stadium

  • 90'

    Anyway, that's all from here as we soak in the fact two of the best four teams in England only manage to score from set-pieces.

  • 90'

    Mancini is struggling to decide what City's identity is, as they change formation at half-time and look unable to find their passing best from the start of last season.

  • 90'

    And that's all she wrote as each team take a point. It was a fair result in a tight game. Both teams had the chances to win it, but lacked their cutting edge.

  • 90'

    Now Yaya Toure has taken a foul throw. A low moment for the club.

  • 90'

    It was quite pitiful in the end. Garcia is learning quickly about this league.

  • 90'

    Garcia gets a booking after pulling Jenkinson down.

  • 90'

    Three minutes added on.

  • 90'

    He is then replaced by Coquelin.

  • 90'

    But then Gervinho gets some space on the edge of the area, but can only hit the ball a mile over.

  • 89'

    Arsenal are calmly passing the ball around as they look happy with the point.

  • 88'

    Koscielny tackles Balotelli, and then calmly breezes past two with lovely skill.

  • 88'

    Yaya gets himself a free-kick after being taken down by three Arsenal men.

  • 86'

    Silva almost gets it through to Tevez but Mertesacker thwarts him once more.

  • 84'

    Aguero is now replaced by Balotelli.

  • 84'

    City miss two chances, as Kompany's spectacular overhead kick is palmed out, and Aguero puts the rebound wide.

  • 84'

    City earn a corner as Mertesacker diverts a Tevez cross behind.

  • 83'

    City are unable to react to the second ball, allowing the French defender the opportunity to finish.

  • 82'

    GOAL Koscielny slams the ball home from the subsequent corner, as City fail to clear.

  • 82'

    Hart just tips a screamer from Cazorla wide of his right-hand post.

  • 80'

    City break, but Yaya holds onto the ball too long before giving Aguero a difficult chance, which Mannone pushes wide.

  • 80'

    This game needs some Balotelli.

  • 78'

    Koscielny runs the length of the pitch to disposses Tevez. Now that's commitment.

  • 77'

    Silva still looks a long way off his majestic best. Mancini needs to handle him carefully.

  • 77'

    Arsenal are dominating once more, but can't find that crucial final ball still.

  • 75'

    Giroud then almost gets on the end of a Mertesacker flick-on, but Hart is out to the ball quickly.

  • 74'

    The Frenchman gets a shot away, and earns him team a corner after the ball comes off Garcia.

  • 73'

    Giroud will be looking to show what he can do after a slow start to his Arsenal career.

  • 72'

    Somehow Gervinho has been allowed to stay on, which is quite sweet.

  • 72'

    Double change for Arsenal Giroud and Walcott replace Diaby and Podolski.

  • 71'

    And now Gervinho has injured Ramsey.

  • 70'

    Gervinho goes for a shot from the edge of the area, but he instead falls over. Might be time for a change Arsene.

  • 69'

    Some good link-up play between Tevez and Aguero leads to Yaya curling one ten yards wide, but it's promising from City.

  • 67'

    Tevez is introduced as Dzeko departs after a decent effort.

  • 67'

    And then he snatches at one, and sends it high and wide. No composure.

  • 66'

    Gervinho gets into a good position once more, but his pull back is dealt with by a plethora of City defenders.

  • 64'

    Aguero almost gets on the end of a Clichy pass, but the ball bounces off his chest and out for a goal kick.

  • 63'

    Silva then breezes by a few Arsenal men, but his cross is repelled.

  • 62'

    Jenkinson portrays himself as a wall, which Silva gladly runs into to earn City a free-kick.

  • 61'

    Aguero and Dzeko is not a long-term partnership for City. Their communication is poor at best.

  • 60'

    Clichy really needs to go back to the shaved head.

  • 59'

    Gibbs gets round the back once more, but Arsenal have no one in the box, allowing Kompany to easily clear the cross.

  • 57'

    Podolski catches Zabaleta on the ankle, and is lucky to get away without a bokking.

  • 56'

    Another dangerous corner from City, as Silva's cross meets the head of Garcia, but it's straight at Mannone.

  • 55'

    Jenkinson fires in a cross, but Hart takes the ball with ease on his goal-line.

  • 53'

    Silva plays Aguero through on goal, who is taken down by a defender, but still gets his shot away. The referee is having none of it, and awards a corner.

  • 52'

    Arsenal are enjoying a good period of possession, but need to pick up the tempo slightly here.

  • 51'

    Another City corner, as Arsenal struggle to deal with crosses.

  • 50'

  • 50'

    Silva's cross finds Aguero at the far post, but the Argentine smashes the ball over.

  • 49'

    Dzeko earns a soft free-kick on the right-win after falling over Arteta's leg.

  • 48'

    Ramsey's cross from the right is headed clear by Lescott.

  • 47'

    Rodwell is yet to impress at City, which puts extra pressure on the former Everton man.

  • 46'

    Toure tries to net from 25 yards, but he drags a shot tamely wide.

  • 46'

    Rodwell will be looking to limit the runs of Ramsey and the like.

  • 46'

    City get us going once more.

  • 46'

    Jack Rodwell is coming on for Sinclair for City to add more strength to the midfield.

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    It's raining in Manchester, whatever next?

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    Whilst Wenger will be encouraging Gibbs to keep get down the left against Zabaleta, who he has the beating of.

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    Neither team need to make any changes in terms of personnel at the moment, but Mancini will be looking for more from the likes of Sinclair and Silva.

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    Lescott will be boosted after missing out in Madrid to Nastasic. Mancini doesn't have much faith in the defender to perform in the big games.

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    Arsenal undone by their ineffective attempt to use zonal marking properly. Steve Bould will not be pleased.

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    City can count themselves lucky. They've not controlled the game at any point, apart from a few minutes of pressure prior to their goal.

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    Hopefully this goal will give Lescott the confidence to shave his beard.

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    Arsenal will be disappointed that they've failed to take a single change, and their inability to stop Lescott for the goal.

  • 45'

    That's the end of the first-half as Dean blows.

  • 45'

    One minute added on.

  • 44'

    Aguero is currently playing left midfield for City as they attempt to maintain the lead until half-time.

  • 43'

    Cazorla tries to level things up after some solid build-up from Arsenal, but the Spaniard slices the ball wide.

  • 42'

    This time the corner is cleared by the first man. Poor.

  • 41'

    Dzeko almost doubles the City lead after his first-time shot from 25 yards is tipped over by Mannone.

  • 40'

    Arsenal will be really disappointed by how easily Lescott managed to score. They had dominated, but failed to take their chances.

  • 40'

    GOAL Lescott heads home unchallenged from a Silva corner.

  • 39'

    Sinclair shows his limitations as he tries to take on Gibbs, but the left-back stands up to him, and puts in a good tackle.

  • 38'

    Silva tries to be too clever by playing the ball through defenders, but unsurpisingly this tactic fails, and Arsenal clear.

  • 37'

    Ramsey continues to impress for Arsenal as he drives through the midfield to play in Gervinho who drags his shot wide.

  • 36'

    A sustained period of pressure from City is needlessly ended when Toure mishits a pass out of play.

  • 34'

    Sinclair plays in a lovely cross, but there's no one to meet it at the back post.

  • 34'

    Cazorla takes the free-kick, but his low shot doesn't trouble Hart.

  • 33'

    Kompany takes out Ramsey, as the big Belgian implies he is still out of form.

  • 32'

    Aguero has his shot blocked, when he had a man over to his right. Not sure that was the right decision.

  • 31'

    Zabaleta slides in on Gibbs to give Arsenal a corner. The Argentine has a long day ahead of him.

  • 30'

    Podolski almost finds Diaby with a through ball, but his pass is overhit allowing Kompany to come across and clear.

  • 29'

    Zabaleta might struggle up against Podolski and Gibbs with no support in from of him.

  • 28'

    Clichy with a superb interception stops Gervinho from getting the ball two yards from goal after a delightful Cazorla pass.

  • 27'

    This time Gibbs finds Ramsey in the area, but his weak header goes straight at Hart.

  • 25'

    Zabaleta ends the Arsenal break by blocking off Cazorla. Clever.

  • 25'

    Clichy wins City a corner when his cross is blocked by Jenkinson.

  • 24'

    Lescott allows Jenkinson to get round him, but the full-back's pull back is slammed over by POdolski.

  • 23'

    Mertesacker under pressure from Dzeko is forced to clear the ball into touch. That should be a good battle today.

  • 22'

    Diaby goes for a long ranger, but his shot is blocked by the might of Lescott on the edge of the area.

  • 21'

    Yaya Toure is taken down by Cazorla after powering his way through three Arsenal men.

  • 20'

    Sinclair this time combines with Silva, but the diminutive Spaniard hits the ball against a defender when trying to find Aguero.

  • 19'

    This time Sinclair finds Aguero in the box, but the Argentine forward is hounded out by the Arsenal defence.

  • 18'

    Sinclair gets some speed up on the dribble, but fails to look up and instead kicks the ball straight at Mertesacker.

  • 18'

    Gibbs gets clear once more, but his cross once again finds no one.

  • 16'

    Gervinho is played through on goal, but the forward takes a terrible touch when clear allowing Hart to come and collect.

  • 14'

    Aguero looks lively on his return as he slams a shot at goal from the corner of the area, and Mannone does well to get the ball away.

  • 13'

    Dzeko decides chesting the ball down isn't for him and almost catches it as he controls it.

  • 13'

    Gibbs found himself in space in the area, but his pass across the box tamely found Clichy who clears.

  • 12'

    Kompany gets too eager, and takes down Arteta on the halfway line. A bit pointless really.

  • 10'

    Yay Toure decides to boost City's early shot count, but only succeeds in hitting an Arsenal defender from 20 yards.

  • 9'

    Cazorla has an effort from range, but he doesn't connect cleanly and it dribbles into Hart's hands.

  • 8'

    Sinclair has his first run at Jenkinson, but the former Swansea man fails to get round him, and instead sends the ball out for a goal kick.

  • 7'

    Gibbs gets a cross in, but only finds Kompany. The young left-back could be a serious threat down that wing today.

  • 6'

    A low ball from Ramsey almost finds Gervinho, but Hart reacts quickly to catch it.

  • 4'

    Aguero ruins some good build-up, as he gives the ball away to Mertesacker on the edge of the Arsenal area.

  • 3'

    Gervinho looks to be starting as a central striker, not a role he has played too often at Arsenal.

  • 2'

    Arsenal almost get into the City box, but are repelled by Clichy in the end.

  • 1'

    Arsenal start us off.

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    There's going to be a minute's silence in memory of the two police officers shot and killed in Manchester this week.

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    Dzeko gets his chance in the league after his goal in the Bernabeu on Tuesday.

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    Mike Dean is the man in charge today.

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    The players are in the tunnel, with City sporting some lovely blue jackets.

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    Speaking of impact off the bench, Walcott and The Ox, are about as dangerous as they come.

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    Balotelli finds himself on the bench once more, but the maverick Italian seems to have calmed down slightly, and few can make an impact like him off the bench.

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    Scott Sinclair makes the rise from missing out on Tuesday to starting today against Arsenal to make his home debut.

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    Arsenal Subs: Martinez, Djourou, Santos, Coquelin, Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Giroud.

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    City subs: Pantilimon, Kolarov, Nastasic, Rodwell, Barry, Tevez, Balotelli

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    Arsenal: Mannone, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Diaby, Arteta, Ramsey, Cazorla, Gervinho, Podolski

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    Teams news! City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, Yaya, Garcia, Sinclair, Aguero, Silva, Dzeko

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    Wenger is focused on his next generation while Vincent Kompany has boosted Man City

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    Arsene Wenger's side have started well, but face their first big test

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    Join us at 1600 BST to see Arsenal travel to Manchester City.