• 14 Dec 2013, Kick Off 12:45pm
  • Ref: Martin Atkinson
  • Competition: Premier League
  • Etihad Stadium, Manchester
Manchester City
6
3
Arsenal
96' Yaya Touré (Pen)
88' Fernandinho
66' David Silva
50' Fernandinho
39' Álvaro Negredo
14' Sergio Agüero
 
Result
94' Per Mertesacker
63' Theo Walcott
31' Theo Walcott
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    • 30Pantilimon
    • 5Zabaleta
    • 26Demichelis
    • 4Kompany
    • 22Clichy
    • 8Nasri
    • 25Fernandinho
    • 42Yaya Touré
    • 21Silva
    • 16Agüero
    • 9Negredo
    • 1Szczesny
    • 3Sagna
    • 4Mertesacker
    • 6Koscielny
    • 17Monreal
    • 16Ramsey
    • 20Flamini
    • 14Walcott
    • 11Özil
    • 10Wilshere
    • 12Giroud
    • 13Kolarov
    • 1Hart
    • 10Dzeko
    • 14Javi García
    • 7Milner
    • 15Navas
    • 6Lescott
    • 21Fabianski
    • 5Vermaelen
    • 23Bendtner
    • 8Arteta
    • 44Gnabry
    • 7Rosicky
    • 19Cazorla

    Manchester City

    Starting line up
    Formation 4-4-2
    • 30 C. Pantilimon
    • 5 P. Zabaleta
    • 26 M. Demichelis
    • 4 V. Kompany
    • 22 G. Clichy
    • 8 S. Nasri (Garcia Fernandez '90)
    • 25 F. Luiz Rosa
    • 42 G. Touré
    • 21 D. Silva (Milner '71)
    • 16 S. Agüero (Navas '50)
    • 9 . Negredo

    Arsenal

    Starting line up
    Formation 4-2-3-1
    • 1 W. Szczesny
    • 3 B. Sagna
    • 4 P. Mertesacker
    • 6 L. Koscielny (Vermaelen '42)
    • 17 N. Monreal
    • 16 A. Ramsey
    • 20 M. Flamini (Gnabry '72)
    • 14 T. Walcott
    • 11 M. Özil
    • 10 J. Wilshere
    • 12 O. Giroud (Bendtner '76)
    Substitutes
    • 13 A. Kolarov
    • 1 J. Hart
    • 10 E. Dzeko
    • 14 F. Garcia Fernandez
    • 7 J. Milner
    • 15 J. Navas
    • 6 J. Lescott
    Substitutes
    • 21 L. Fabianski
    • 5 T. Vermaelen
    • 23 N. Bendtner
    • 8 M. Arteta
    • 44 S. Gnabry
    • 7 T. Rosicky
    • 19 S. Cazorla
    • 6 Goals 3
    • 2 First Half Goals 1
    • 7 Shots On Target 6
    • 11 Shots Off Target 4
    • 2 Yellow Cards 1
    • 12 Fouls 6
    • 0 Penalties Conceded 1
    • 2 Offsides 4
    • 52.4 Possession % 47.6
    • 479 Total Passes 419
    • 405 Accurate Passes 357
    • 22 Crosses 25
    • 6 Accurate Crosses 5
    • 8 Corners 8
    • 18 Tackles Won 14
    • 22 Total Tackles 22
    • 2 Blocks 4
    • 4 Blocked Scoring Attempts 2
    • 15 Interceptions 17
    • 27 Clearances 29
    • 27 Effective Clearances 29
    • 13 Headed Clearances 15
    • 3 Keeper Saves 1
    • 7 Keeper Throws 7
    • 7 Accurate Keeper Throws 7
    • 6 Goal Kicks 16
    • 3 Accurate Goal Kicks 10

    Manchester City v Arsenal LIVE!

    Written by Ash Handelaar

    Twitter handle: @handelaar101

    Arsenal have a five point lead at the top of the table and will be hoping that’s not reduced as they travel to Manchester City.

    Arsene Wenger’s men lost midweek but qualified for the next round of the Champions League, while Man City beat reigning European champions Bayern Munich on Tuesday and also made their way through to the last 16 of the competition.

    Most people would have expected these teams to be in the others league position, but the league has been so unpredictable this year, that four points separate 2nd from 7th.

    The Gunners rested a couple of key players in Wednesday’s clash with Wilshere, Walcott and Ramsey starting on the bench. Fans will be hoping they are up to the task of doing what nobody has done so far in the league: take points off Man City at the Etihad.

    City’s last Premier League game saw them draw with overachieving Southampton courtesy of a wonder strike from Pablo Osvaldo. The draw didn’t seem to affect them in Germany on Tuesday and they will be brimming with confidence ahead of Saturday. If their win against Bayern wasn’t impressive enough, bear in mind they did it without Yaya Toure, Vincent Kompany and Sergio Aguero.

    Arsenal will be hoping to have Barcary Sagna back from injury, but their key man to help proceedings could be Aaron Ramsey. I realise I have selected him most games, but such is the form he’s in, he will be vital. He has five assists to his name which means he is going to be one of the ones you want up top when on the break to play in that final pass. But he has also completed a whopping 52 tackles this season, the best in the league. His tackling and tracking back will be vital for when it comes to preventing Man City attacks and stopping play.

    ST – Sergio AgueroTo stop Manchester City will be difficult. Their key player to watch in my opinion is Sergio Aguero. The little Argentine is the second top goalscorer in the league and in a rich vein of form at the moment.  He appears to be linking up very well with Negredo up front as part of a ‘little and large’ partnership, and has 12 goals in 14 games to show for it. The Premier League’s best defenders have torrid days at work when it comes to playing against strikers who are quick, fairly strong and great finishers. Players such as Tevez, Rooney & Suarez are players I would regard as similar players to Sergio Aguero.

    Koscielny and Mertesacker played OK against Gonzalo Higuain of Napoli for the best part of the match, they are going to have to raise their game further to similar levels as what they did when they made Luis Suarez look invisible earlier this season.

    It’s a clash of two of the Premier League’s best so far this season. Arsenal will be reflecting on their 3-1 win against Man City in Finland in a pre season friendly a few months ago. Manchester City will just be licking their lips, salivating just remembering what happened last time a team from North London visited them.

    Manchester City v Arsenal pre-match stats

    This match pits the two most clinical teams in the Barclays Premier League with Man City scoring with 20.6% of their shots and Arsenal 18.9%.

    Arsenal have scored more goals than any other team away at Manchester City in the Barclays Premier League era (28).

    No team has won more Barclays Premier League games against Manchester City than Arsenal (21 along with Chelsea) or won more often on City’s own ground (10 along with Chelsea).

    There have been six red cards in the last six Premier League meetings between Man City (4) and Arsenal (2).

    There have been just seven goals scored in the last six meetings in all competitions between Arsenal and Man City.

    Only two of the last eight meetings between City and Arsenal in all competitions have ended as home wins (HW2, D3, AW3).

    The last time Arsenal won at the Etihad Stadium, Samir Nasri was playing for Arsenal and netted the opening goal (October 2010).

    Manchester City have conceded the highest percentage of second half goals in this season’s Premier League (73%).

    Man City have the best home attack (29 goals) and the best home defence (2 conceded), while Arsenal have the joint-best away attack (14 scored) and the best away defence (5 shipped).

    Manchester City have scored in 57 consecutive home games in the Premier League. This run started after three games at the Etihad without scoring for the Citizens, the first of which was a 0-3 defeat to Arsenal.