Premier League

April 24, 2010

Full-time

Arsenal

0 - 0

Manchester City

Premier League

16:30 +00:00, April 24, 2010

Emirates Stadium, England

Referee: Mike Dean

  • 98'

    FULL-TIME. Arsenal 0-0 City. Well that was a dire game of football between two sides with plenty of players who should be able to provide more of a spectacle. Arsenal's chances of winning the title are officially ended, while a draw is by no means a bad result for City - they are still in the hunt. Adebayor made a bit of a difference but the main news is the shoulder injury to Given - that could be a big blow to City's chances. Thanks for tuning in and join us for Chelsea's game against Stoke to

  • 98'

    Nasri trying to unlock the City defence but it's all over...

  • 97'

    It's fizzled out a bit here - I will be very surprised if there is a last-minute winner.

  • 96'

    Nasri and Song interchange well - two successive one-twos free Song in the box but City clear their lines.

  • 95'

    Tevez pulled up for tugging at Campbell.

  • 94'

    Campbell plays a cracking long ball to Bendtner inside the area. He tries to get a shot away but instead treads on the ball. Embarassing.

  • 93'

    Song passes it to Nasri in space down the left - but why did he not cross it! Instead he knocked it back and Clichy does cross - but not very well.

  • 92'

    Van Persie looks like he might be nursing a touch of cramp.

  • 91'

    Nasri advances down the left, plays it in to Van Persie and then watches his captain fire high over the bar and wide.

  • 90'

    Tevez drags City forward but it's given away.

  • 90'

    Eight minutes of added time to play.

  • 89'

    Song plays Bendtner in down the right and the Denmark striker hits one. Saved easily by Nielsen though.

  • 88'

    he plays it in to Bellamy who made a great run - but his first touch just takes it out of play.

  • 88'

    Barry volleys an impressive cross-field pass to Zabaleta.

  • 87'

    Van Persie has it on the right of the area but nobody seems to want to shoot at the inexperienced goalkeeper. The Dutchman crosses it in but it's quickly away.

  • 87'

    Headed away by Adebayor.

  • 86'

    Kompany penalised for a shove on Bendtner and it's a right wing free-kick this time for Arsenal. Van Persie to deliver.

  • 86'

    Tevez breask again for City and he plays it into bellamy who has a weak shot from the edge of the area. Easy pickings - even for Fabianski.

  • 85'

    Left-wing free-kick taken by Nasri and Nielsen punched it away convincingly.

  • 85'

    Comical defending from Richards and he's given away a free-kick for pulling Diaby's shirt.

  • 84'

    A great effort from Van Persie, it was more of a chipped attempt than anything from 20 yards out and it grazed the right-hand post.

  • 83'

    Van Persie to take.

  • 83'

    Good turn of pace by Eboue and Zabaleta brings him down on the edge of the box. It's a booking and a free-kick in a dangerous position.

  • 82'

    Eboue with a smart turn in midfield and Arsenal still probing.

  • 81'

    The City move ended with Clichy chasing down Tevez and clearing it away.

  • 80'

    Van Persie whips in the free-kick but City are breaking at pace now with Tevez. Van Persie brought down Adebayor before he released Tevez and he's now been booked.

  • 80'

    Bellamy crashes into Bendtner and it's a deserved booking for him.

  • 79'

    Sagna breaks and crosses one in again. Nielsen palms the cross away from his bar - but it had already gone out of play.

  • 78'

    Barry takes a short one to Tevez who releases Richards down the right. But Campbell is ready for the cross and clears it away.

  • 77'

    Free-kick to City down the right-wing after Johnson is fouled by Clichy.

  • 77'

    His only previous experience of English football is playing five games on loan at Wrexham in the conference.

  • 76'

    Eboue creates some space for Sagna down the right and he crosses it in. First touch for Nielsen as he collects the cross.

  • 75'

    Arsenal's corner is cleared away - you have to think they will be tempted to shoot on sight.

  • 74'

    Arsenal fans clap him off the pitch - that's a massive blow for City.

  • 73'

    I'm sure that Given has just had his shoulder popped back in because there's oxygen on the pitch for him.

  • 73'

    Manchester City signed Nielsen as a free agent in Ferbuary 2009 to add depth to their goalkeeping department.

  • 72'

    Nielsen is readying himself to come on for his Premier League debut. The 23-year-old will be the first player from the Faroe Islands to play in the Premier League.

  • 71'

    Given looks to have hurt himself making that save and it didn't seem like he fell awkwardly. He seemed in pain immediately and it looks like he might have dislocated his shoulder to me.

  • 70'

    He shaped to shoot about 20 yards out before taking an extra touch and bending one towards Given's goal. But it was a fantastic save from the City goalkeeper to tip it round the post.

  • 70'

    Great effort from Diaby. The best chance of the game.

  • 69'

    Bendtner crosses from the right and Kompanmy missed his kick but amazingly the ball went all the way through to the other side with no-one getting a touch on it.

  • 68'

    Not a great performane from Walcott today, while Rosicky was also fairly ineffective.

  • 68'

    Arsenal sub: Eboue on for Rosicky.

  • 68'

    Arsenal sub: Bendtner for Walcott.

  • 67'

    Bellamy floats it in and the ball ends up at the feet of Adebayor on the right wing. His ball was very poor though and Fabianski collected easily.

  • 67'

    Song booked - I think it was for complaining.

  • 67'

    Sagna fouls Zabaleta and City have a free-kick about 35 yards out. I think it's just out of shooting range really.

  • 66'

    Arsenal happy to knock it around patiently, but Walcott's been dispossessed by Bellamy.

  • 66'

    Sagna crosses from the right but there are literally no red shirts in the box.

  • 65'

    City looking much brighter and Johnson just fired in a dangerous cross but Clichy was calmness personified as he chested the ball into Fabianski's arms.

  • 64'

    Adebayor on the break now for City and he takes it past Silvestre and Sagna, before dragging the ball deliciously past Campbell. But he's overrun it.

  • 63'

    Diaby flicks it on to Van Persie from Fabianski's goal-kick but City tidy it up.

  • 62'

    City break at pace - Barry picks up the ball in acres of space down the left but it's a really poor final ball.

  • 61'

    Campbell runs forward but he's given the ball away and must now chase back.

  • 61'

    Corner comes in and Richards heads wide.

  • 60'

    Johnson crosses into the box for City and the ball finds its way through to Toure who wins a corner off Campbell, who slid in and probably touched it out with his hand.

  • 59'

    Arsenal take it quickly and Rosicky engineers some space before shooting, fairly tamely, into Given's hands.

  • 59'

    Arsenal free-kick after Richards fouls Rosicky.

  • 58'

    Nicklas Bendtner warming up now on the sidelines.

  • 57'

    He takes a shot from the edge of the area but it's blocked by Campbell. City have definitely looked better since the Togolese striker has been on the pitch.

  • 56'

    Adebayor is getting roundly booed everytime he touches the ball but he has yet to give the ball away and is looking good.

  • 56'

    Mike Dean has done well to calm the situation down.

  • 55'

    Bellamy and Song clash in midfield. It looked to me like Bellamy took a swing at Song but they were probably both to blame.

  • 54'

    Adebayor does really well with some intricate footwork in the corner but Johnson is quickly dispossessed by Nasri.

  • 54'

    Richards drives at the Arsenal defence but Silvestre stands his ground before timing a challenge well.

  • 53'

    A first touch for Adebayor is an impressive one as he wins Given's goal-kick in the air and brings it down on his chest.

  • 52'

    Johnson's free-kick drifted long and out of play.

  • 52'

    Man City sub: Adebayor on for Vieira.

  • 52'

    If you hadn't guessed, it's because Adebayor is ready to come on.

  • 51'

    City free-kick as the boos echo around the Emirates.

  • 51'

    Diaby booked for a challenge on Tevez.

  • 51'

    Campbell marauds forward and passes it Walcott - who is 15 years younger than the defender.

  • 50'

    The Dutchman heads it goalwards but it's over. It was a difficult angle to generate any power from.

  • 50'

    Rosicky releases Nasri down the left wing and he gets a decent cross in towards Van Persie.

  • 49'

    City have put seven goals past Arsenal so far this season, winning 4-2 in the league and 3-0 in the Carling Cup. Shaun Wright-Phillips has scored twice against the Gunners this season.

  • 48'

    This time it's Sagna's turn to overrun it as Zabaleta shepherds him out of play.

  • 47'

    He's back on the ptch now though, fear not Arsenal fans. But he just plaed a really poor pass towards Van Persie - easily cut out.

  • 47'

    Song has collapsed in a heap and is clutching his knee.

  • 46'

    Arsenal coming forward with Song and he exchanges well with Rosicky but just overruns it out for a goal kick.

  • 46'

    No changes for either side as yet and Adebayor is getting a little bit of abuse from the Arsenal fans as he warms up.

  • 46'

    Right we're off again...

  • 45'

    HALF-TIME. Arsenal 0-0 Man City. The Gunners have dominated this one so far but City have defended admirably and with just one shot on target, Wenger's side have hardly heavily threatened their opponents. No penetration so far, but expect more from City in the second-half because I'm sure Adebayor will be introduced sooner rather than later. Grab a cup of tea and we will be back in 15 minutes.

  • 45'

    There goes the half-time whistle...

  • 45'

    Vieira with a fantastic volleyed pass to release Bellamy but he's got no support.

  • 45'

    Arsenal still pushing hard and Walcott gets a right-wing cross in. Cleared away by Kompany.

  • 45'

    Two added minutes in this half.

  • 44'

    Foul throw by Clichy. Sunday league football to be penalised for that.

  • 43'

    Vieira a lucky boy there - he lashed out with a kick at Song but the referee has let him off the hook.

  • 42'

    Another shot on goal, from Van Persie this time. Wide of the left post - into the side netting.

  • 42'

    Driving run by Diaby who played a one-two with Rosicky. But the Czech midfielder's return pass was poor.

  • 42'

    Rosicky goes down under a challenge from Toure, but ref Mike Dean tells him to get up.

  • 41'

    City are unbeaten in their last five away games and have won the last two, thrashing Burnley 6-1 at Turf Moor in their most recent away match.

  • 40'

    Silvestre fouls Tevez and he's been given a yellow card for hauling the striker to the floor.

  • 40'

    Vieira striding through the middle and into the penalty area but Campbell makes a great diving challenge to get the ball clear.

  • 39'

    We've just had our first shot on target - Nasri hits it straight at Given.

  • 39'

    It was the first time they looked like getting in behind the Arsenal's defence.

  • 38'

    Tevez with a pinpoint through-ball to Bellamy down the left but the Welshman is just offside.

  • 38'

    Diaby brings down Vieira again and he must be close to getting a yellow.

  • 37'

    It was wide, very wide.

  • 37'

    Clichy's left-wing cross is cleared out to a waiting Walcott - who tries an outrageously ambitious first-time shot.

  • 36'

    But no, it's lost again and here come the Gunners.

  • 36'

    City finally look like getting out of their own half with the ball at their feet.

  • 36'

    City have not lost two consecutive Premier League games all season.

  • 35'

    Arsenal in total control but they still haven't really managed to engineer any chances.

  • 34'

    Arsenal straight back forward as Nasri gets ahead of Kompany. But the City defender holds his position well.

  • 33'

    Nasri takes it this time and Silvestre's effort (off his back, may I add), loops harmlessly wide.

  • 32'

    Van Persie takes it and Vieira defends it well with Silvestre charging in. Another corner.

  • 32'

    Walcott accelerates down the right, plays it right to Nasri, whose cross is deflected away for an Arsenal corner.

  • 32'

    Toure clatters through the back of Van Persie as he tries to hold the ball up. it's a free-kick but no card.

  • 31'

    Richards does well against Rosicky, and then Vieira is fouled by Diaby.

  • 30'

    Walcott sells Van Persie short and City clear their lines.

  • 29'

    Corner comes in from Van Persie but it's cleared away. Silvestre gives the ball away and Bellamy looks to break but he can't get the ball under control.

  • 28'

    Song plays the ball through to Van Persie, but Toure does well again and knocks it out for a corner.

  • 27'

    Van Persie threads a perfect pass through to Nasri who is clean through. Offside apparently, I think thatw as pretty close though.

  • 27'

    City look to start from the back with Given. But then he just launches it forward towards TEvez. I fancy that both Silvestre and Campbell will fancy their chances against Tevez in the air.

  • 26'

    Arsenal have won their last five home league games at the Emirates.

  • 26'

    City sub: Richards on for Bridge

  • 25'

    Bridge not looking comfortable at all out there and with Walcott's pace - you don't want your left-back to be at anything other than his peak of fitness.

  • 25'

    Bellamy unhappy by a two-footed challenge by Song but it was more a cass of Song winning the ball and then falling on his backside.

  • 24'

    He clears it away though and Arsenal break with Nasri.

  • 23'

    Clichy passes the ball to Fabianski and as Tevez closes him down there is the simultaneous gasp of 60,000 Arsenal fans - worried by what could happen.

  • 22'

    The City defender got all of the ball and sent Walcott flying. He was lying flat on his front but I think he will be alright.

  • 22'

    Walcott skips past Bridge, using an electric burst of pace but then he's clattered with a fantastic challenge by Kompany.

  • 21'

    Sagna passes the ball into Nasri but it's presumptious passes all round as Van Persie was not occupying the space that the Frenchman thought he was.

  • 20'

    Tevez gets the ball into his feet and then passes away, presuming Johnson will be on his right. He wasn't.

  • 20'

    Arsenal have looked the more threatening but there have been no real chances at all so far.

  • 19'

    Johnson plays the ball into Tevez but he's offside. City unable to retain any significant possession as yet.

  • 18'

    Nasri takes it and he floats a poor, harmless ball into the grasp of Fabianski.

  • 17'

    Van Persie shows excellent strength against Toure and the striker has won a free-kick for Arsenal.

  • 16'

    Diaby gives the ball away and Bridge chases down the left - however, Walcott is chasing him and there's only going to be one person winning that particular race.

  • 16'

    City mount an attack but it quickly breaks down and now it's Arsenal's turn to go forward.

  • 15'

    Adebayor has scored five goals in the last four Premier League meetings between these sides - four for Arsenal and one for City.

  • 14'

    Bridge looks like he will continue.

  • 14'

    15 years ago this week, Mancini scored against Arsenal for Sampdoria in the UEFA Cup semi-finals.

  • 13'

    Richards is an option on the bench and it may be a case of him coming on at right-back and Zabaleta switching to left-back.

  • 12'

    Bridge is on the floor and he looks like he's struggling with an injury.

  • 12'

    Silvestre with a 60 yard diagonal pass to Walcott who heads on to Van Persie. But the Dutchman has been ruled offside.

  • 12'

    Kompany looks long this time for Johnson and it seems City are trying to get it to their wing wizard at every opportunity.

  • 11'

    Arsenal on 66% possession to City's 34% so far.

  • 10'

    Bellamy escapes the clutches of Diaby and Johnson looks to cause some damage down the right.

  • 9'

    Van Persie brushes Zabaleta aside but it's been called as a free-kick.

  • 9'

    City have not won away at Arsenal since beating them 3-2 at Highbury in October 1975.

  • 8'

    Song with a strong challenge on Barry and Arsenal have looked bright early on here - moving the ball well.

  • 8'

    Van Persie picks it up down the right, cuts inside and produces a dangerous ball - but there's only Nasri in the box and he doesn't get near it.

  • 7'

    Nasri searches for Campbell but City clear it away.

  • 7'

    At the other end Johnson brings down Diaby down the Arsenal left and it's a free-kick.

  • 6'

    Toure looks long for Johnson - it was a fantastic run but the ball just skipped off the turf and into Fabianski's hands.

  • 5'

    Good battling from Bridge down the left wing and he, Bellamy and Barry combine well to retain possession.

  • 5'

    Arsenal keeping possession well and Van Persie has looked sharp early on. Though Toure has looked up to the challenge of marking his former team-mate.

  • 4'

    Van Persie looks for Rosicky down the left but Johnson chases back well.

  • 3'

    Arsenal are looking for their fifth consecutive home win over City.

  • 3'

    Tackle on Vieira by Nasri and it's a City free-kick.

  • 2'

    Sagna's header is wide from the corner.

  • 1'

    Arsenal passing the ball well and Rosicky feeds in van Persie down the right. Toure showed him to the touchline on his right foot and it's a corner.

  • 1'

    An emotional return for Vieira today against the side he used to captain.

  • 1'

    Bellamy doing some chasing down the left wing early on.

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    And we're off...

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    City are currently two points behind fourth-placed Spurs, with a goal-difference one better than Tottenham's. Arsenal have nothing left to play for - it's five years without a trophy for Wenger's side.

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    Bitter cross-city rivals United did them a massive favour by beating Spurs earlier today. Now they need to take advantage by beating the Gunners for the third time this season (after home wins in the Premier League and Carling Cup).

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    The players are on their way out now and this is a HUGE match for City.

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    Fabianski stays in goal - a decision that I'm sure will leave Arsenal fans quivering nervously from crosses, corners and generally any time a goalkeeping decision needs to be made.

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    Robin Van Persie starts for the first time in six months, which is great to see. How different could Arsenal's season have been if he had been fit and banging in the goals?

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    So, the big team news is that Adebayor will not be starting on his return to the Emirates. I think it's likely that Bellamy will be pushing a bit further up the pitch, while both Vieira and Toure do start on their return to Arsenal.

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    Man City: Given, Zabaleta, Toure, Kompany, Bridge, De Jong, Vieira, Barry, Adam Johnson, Bellamy, Tevez. Subs: Nielsen, Richards, Onuoha, Ireland, Wright-Phillips, Santa Cruz, Adebayor.

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    Arsenal: Fabianski, Sagna, Campbell, Silvestre, Clichy, Song, Diaby, Walcott, Nasri, Rosicky, van Persie. Subs: Mannone, Eduardo, Vela, Eboue, Traore, Eastmond, Bendtner.

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    Team news is in...

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    Hello all and welcome to live text commentary of Emmanuel Adebayor's Emirates homecoming. Can Manchester City beat Arsenal as they look to take advantage of Tottenham's defeat at Old Trafford?