Capital One Cup

November 29, 2011



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Manchester City

Capital One Cup

20:00 +00:00, November 29, 2011

Emirates Stadium, England

Referee: Lee Probert


    City are through to the semi-finals of the Carling Cup thanks to Aguero's goal, which was indeed very good. Arsenal are out, and will feel aggrieved at not having taken their half-chances. Thank you for joining me this evening. Stay with us for post-match reaction and coverage of the rest of tonight's results. Over and out.


    FULL-TIME: Arsenal 0-1 Manchester City.

  • 90'

    Frimpong's free-kick is cleared and then Arshavin drives back in. The keeper is there, comfortably.

  • 90'

    Free-kick to Arsenal in a decent position. Last chance.

  • 90'

    Gervinho whips in a wicked cross but Chamakh couldn't make it. His head was about a yard away. RVP looks frustrated in the stands.

  • 90'

    The ball is claimed and City pump it forward with Fabianski out of his goal. He recovers to clear.

  • 90'

    Fabianski is coming up...

  • 90'

    Corner to Arsenal...

  • 90'

    Three added minutes will be played.

  • 90'

    Comes to nothing, though. City look set to see this out.

  • 89'

    Corner to Arsenal.

  • 88'

    Koscielny of all people finds himself in the box but his cross in is clipped away at the near post.

  • 87'

    Chamberlain is replaced by Arshavin. The Englishman has been decent.

  • 86'

    Gervinho cuts in from the left and hammers at goal, but the shot is very wayward.

  • 86'

    That was City's first shot on target.

  • 85'

    Just how tall is this City keeper, really? He is huuuuge.

  • 84'

    City counter from Arsenal's corner and Dzeko leads the way. He slips the ball forward to Johnson, who lays off to Aguero. The Argentine duly slots in. A superb counter-attack.

  • 84'

    GOAL!!! Aguero scores for Manchester City!

  • 83'

    Arsenal surge on a counter, and Gerviho's cross is hacked out for a corner at the last. Almost from the Gunners.

  • 82'

    Gervinho springs down the left but excellent tracking back from Dzeko halts the Ivorian.

  • 81'

    Miquel is replaced by Vermaelen, who will slot in at left back.

  • 80'

    Hargreaves is off for Razak.

  • 79'

    Zabaleta chips in a cross from the left and Dzeko leaps. He gets his head to the ball but the effort drops off target. A decent chance.

  • 78'

    Mancini must be considering a change, having made his first and only one thus far in the first half.

  • 77'

    Toure's made a couple of key interventions over the last few minutes.

  • 76'

    Chamberlain hits a volley into the turf but it is straight down the keeper's throat.

  • 75'

    Arsenal zoom forward but Toure is the man to deny Gervinho following a fine pass from Chamberlain. Corner to Arsenal.

  • 74'

    Arsenal play the ball out to the left but the low cross is only diverted out for a goal kick.

  • 73'

    Coquelin really has been impressive, pretty much running the midfield.

  • 72'

    Arsenal now the ones in the ascendancy. They still seem to lack penetration.

  • 71'

    Gervinho skips down the left but Nedum Onuoha defends well to usher him out of play.

  • 69'

    Arsenal have reverted to their familiar 4-3-3 with Gervinho's introduction.

  • 68'

    Gervinho enters the fray in place of Park.

  • 67'

    Arsenal attack. Benayoun rolls a ball into Chamakh, but he is pushes wide and soon stabs one over and wide.

  • 65'

    Chamakh currently coughing quite emphatically. Doesn't seem well.

  • 64'

    Gridlock, at present. Perhaps a change could alter things? Arshavin currently warming up.

  • 63'

    City doing the pressing here with Arsenal currently unable to keep hold of the ball.

  • 62'

    Hargreaves has a pop but he gets right under the ball and the effort is skied well over the crossbar.

  • 60'

    Koscielny makes two terrific tackles to restrict City. The fans loved that.

  • 59'

    Chamberlain jinks down the right but the angle is against him and his cross is out for a goal kick.

  • 58'

    Extra-time could happen, remember?

  • 57'

    Zabaleta bombs down the left and hooks in a cross, which Dzeko diverts at goal. But the angle was awkward and the Bosnian's shot flopped wide.

  • 56'

    Nasri enjoys some of the ball, but the boos rain down. Aguero then has a pop from distance but there is no accuracy to the shot and it floats over.

  • 54'

    Johnson just released Aguero with a fabulous pass, but the Argentine mucked it up with a poor touch.

  • 53'

    First booking of the game, and it is for Hargreaves who is penalised for pulling back a powering Frimpong.


    Arsenal's Park Ju-Young watches his shot get saved by Manchester City's goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon

  • 52'

    Chamberlain is the man pressing the most. Again he forces Costel Pantilimon into action. Both times he fires in from the right.

  • 51'

    Corner to Arsenal...

  • 50'

    Yep, it's scrappy. Mancini is on his feet, looking pensive.

  • 49'

    Tepid start to the second half, in truth. The tempo needs injecting back into the game.

  • 48'

    Kolarov's sub was down to a small tweak of a quad muscle, apparently.

  • 47'

    Ooo. Dzeko hits a right-footed shot from 20 yards that curls just wide of the Fabianski's left post.

  • 46'

    SECOND HALF: Arsenal get the next 45 minutes under way.


    Right, hot chocolate quaffed and we're poised for the second half.


    Arsenal fans hold up a banner berratting former players Clichy and Nasri


    Restroom break for me. And maybe a hot chocolate. Things get that crazy at ESPN towers.


    Well, that was a half full of willing but lacking that little bit of quality that opens up games. Chamberlain's long distance strike was arguably the highlight, while Costel Pantilimon also made a superb save from Park. Johnson threatened for City, flashing one over the bar.


    HALF-TIME: Arsenal 0-0 Manchester City

  • 45'

    One minute of added time will be played.

  • 44'

    City still keeping the ball better. Yet to really test Fabianski though.

  • 43'

    Looking destined for a goalless first half (commentators' curse?) with the atmosphere seemingly resigned to it too.

  • 42'

    Hargreaves has been very quiet so far, doing his shielding job of the back four relatively effectively.

  • 41'

    Coquelin plays the game at 100 miles per hour. Seemingly always sprinting.

  • 40'

    Chamberlain there with a cheeky nutmeg on De Jong.

  • 39'

    City have had 60% of the possession so far.

  • 38'

    Frimpong has put in some quality tackles, but his passing has been a little off.

  • 37'

    Gone a bit quiet after a frenetic patch. City looking the calmer on the ball.

  • 36'

    When Aguero was brought on, Nasri looked all set to leave the field, but instead it was Kolarov. Odd moment.

  • 35'

    City definitely look the better down their right. They win a corner, from that avenue.

  • 34'

    Kolarov looks pretty vexed at being subbed off.

  • 33'

    Aguero is coming on, replacing Kolarov.

  • 32'

    City spring clear and Nasri threads in Johnson, but Fabianski is quickly off his line to smother. A vital bit of reading from the keeper.

  • 31'

    Arsenal defend the corner, though. And now are back on the ball.

  • 30'

    Another corner to City following a cross from Kolarov. Chamberlain had lost the ball in a dangerous area.

  • 30'

    Hairy moment from Fabianski as he only gets fingertips to the corner, with Savic lurking.

  • 29'

    Corner to City...

  • 29'

    Awesome save! Chamberlain hits a long-range effort first time with his left foot. The City keeper spring to his left and gets a hand to the goalbound shot.

  • 28'

    Chamberlain shows of strength and skill as he works his way out of a tight space.

  • 27'

    Chamberlain takes the corner but City clear with ease.

  • 26'

    Corner to Arsenal. Coquelin's strike is squeezed out via a deflection.

  • 25'

    Very tight affair thus far. Space is few and far between.

  • 23'

    Chamakh has looke a little sharper than of late. We shall see if that continues. Coquelin now back on.

  • 22'

    Coquelin is in some pain after a nasty fall on his ankle.

  • 21'

    Chamakh just skinned Savic, but Zabaleta did very well to sprint back and win the ball back.

  • 20'

    Probert is letting most things go. It makes for a decent tempo, but certainly there have been several fouls not given so far.

  • 19'

    De Jong and Hargreaves versus Coquelin and Frimpong is quite the contrast in terms of experience. A great battle.

  • 18'

    Hargreaves clips a ball deep and Dzeko looks to race clear, but he is a yard offside and the flag goes up.

  • 17'

    Silky move from Arsenal but City stand firm. Chamberlain was at the heart of it.

  • 16'

    Zabaleta tries his luck from 25 yards out but he was closed down quickly and the shot skimmed wide.

  • 15'

    City enjoying some possession across their backline, taking the sting out of the game somewhat.

  • 13'

    It was an excellent cross from Coquelin to assist Park, while Chamakh's hold up play was encouraging.

  • 12'

    How has that not gone in? Costel Pantilimon is the hero after Arsenal attacked down the right and a swift cross was fired in. Park arrived at the back post and stabbed at goal, but somehow the keeper palmed it away.

  • 11'

    Typically iffy kick from Fabianski leads to groans from the home fans.

  • 10'

    Johnson picks up the ball on the right and darts inside. He hits a wicked effort that clips the top of the netting, much to Fabianski's relief.

  • 9'

    Been a solid battle thus far, some committed challenges.

  • 8'

    Aguero warming up on the touchline. Hargreaves injured already?

  • 7'

    Bullish run from Chamberlain down the right gets the home fans on their feet.

  • 6'

    Kolarov scampers down the left and zips in a nice cross, but there is no man in blue to attack it.

  • 5'

    Chamberlain looks to race onto a searching ball but the pass is too heavy.

  • 4'

    Succession of throw-ins ongoing at the moment, all down Arsenal's left.

  • 3'

    Boos again, but this time for the ref after Coquelin's pass hits the official.

  • 2'

    Immediate boos for Nasri, who took the kick-off.

  • 1'

    KICK-OFF: City get the game under way.


    Now a roar as the beginning of the game approaches.


    The applause comes to a halt and a silence ensues. Singing soon breaks out, the fans chanting "there's only one Gary Speed".


    And the unified applause begins in the late Gary Speed's honour.


    Both sides march out. City are sporting their warm-up jackets, which, I feel, look a bit daft.


    Plenty of handshakes going on in the tunnel between Kolo Toure and his former team-mates.


    A two minute's applause was just brilliantly observed at Chelsea in honour of the late Gary Speed. Expecting the same here.


    They are about to get under way elsewhere, as this match kicks off 15 minutes later than tonight's other two Carling Cup matches. Join Dec for chatter on those games, but be sure to return to this comm - or, if you are a tech whiz, have two tabs up. Here's the link.


    And of course Samir Nasri faces his former club. Plenty of booing expected. Might Nasri feel a little bit flat that he is utilised by City in their Carling Cup team?


    Squillaci plays, which of course must be a concern for Arsenal fans, because, let's be honest, he is a bit rubbish.


    Team news-wise, Hargreaves makes his second start for City since joining the club in the summer. Wenger considered signing him, the Frenchman revealed today.


    Our very own John Brewin (my boss) is at the Emirates tonight. He's just re-fuelled, via some salmon, and ready to roll ahead of penning a feature on this encounter - so keep your eyes peeled for that on ESPNsoccernet post the final whistle.


    Both Arsenal and City drew 1-1 in the Premier League at the weekend, but certainly the latter would have been far happier with their point. Both managers have shuffled their packs for this midweek affair, with the contest a battle of whose second strings is the stronger.


    Aha, the City subs' bench: Richards, Bridge, Taylor, Aguero, Suarez, Rekik, Razak.


    Pleasantries over, let us muse on the match ahead.


    While I await news of Manchester City's subs, let me take this moment to say good evening.


    Manchester City team: Pantilimon, Onuoha, Kolo, Savic, Zabaleta, de Jong, Hargreaves, Johnson, Nasri, Kolarov, Dzeko.


    Arsenal team: Fabianski, Djourou, Squillaci, Koscielny, Miquel, Frimpong, Coquelin, Benayoun, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Park, Chamakh. Substitutes: Mannone, Yennaris, Vermaelen, Eastmond, Ozyakup, Gervinho, Arshavin.


    You can get in contact with yours truly via Twitter @JamesDallESPN with your pre-match thoughts. Team news to follow...


    ESPNsoccernet will bring you live minute-by-minute commentary of Arsenal's Carling Cup quarter-final tie against Manchester City.