• 29 Mar 2014, Kick Off 5:30pm
  • Ref: Mike Dean
  • Competition: Premier League
  • Emirates Stadium, London
Arsenal
1
1
Manchester City
53' Mathieu Flamini
 
Result
18' David Silva
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    • 1Szczesny
    • 3Sagna
    • 4Mertesacker
    • 5Vermaelen
    • 28Gibbs
    • 8Arteta
    • 20Flamini
    • 7Rosicky
    • 19Cazorla
    • 9Podolski
    • 12Giroud
    • 1Hart
    • 5Zabaleta
    • 4Kompany
    • 26Demichelis
    • 22Clichy
    • 42Yaya Touré
    • 25Fernandinho
    • 15Navas
    • 21Silva
    • 8Nasri
    • 10Dzeko
    • 21Fabianski
    • 25Jenkinson
    • 22Sanogo
    • 15Oxlade-Chamberlain
    • 40Héctor Bellerín
    • 44Gnabry
    • 29Källström
    • 14Javi García
    • 13Kolarov
    • 9Negredo
    • 6Lescott
    • 35Jovetic
    • 30Pantilimon
    • 7Milner

    Arsenal

    Starting line up
    Formation 4-2-3-1
    • 1 W. Szczesny
    • 3 B. Sagna
    • 4 P. Mertesacker
    • 5 T. Vermaelen
    • 28 K. Gibbs
    • 8 M. Arteta
    • 20 M. Flamini
    • 7 T. Rosicky
    • 19 S. Cazorla
    • 9 L. Podolski (Oxlade-Chamberlain '79)
    • 12 O. Giroud (Sanogo '85)

    Manchester City

    Starting line up
    Formation 4-2-3-1
    • 1 J. Hart
    • 5 P. Zabaleta
    • 4 V. Kompany
    • 26 M. Demichelis
    • 22 G. Clichy
    • 42 G. Touré
    • 25 F. Luiz Rosa
    • 15 J. Navas (Milner '64)
    • 21 D. Silva
    • 8 S. Nasri (Garcia Fernandez '81)
    • 10 E. Dzeko (Negredo '85)
    Substitutes
    • 21 L. Fabianski
    • 25 C. Jenkinson
    • 22 Y. Sanogo
    • 15 A. Oxlade-Chamberlain
    • 40 H. Bellerin
    • 44 S. Gnabry
    • 29 K. Källström
    Substitutes
    • 14 F. Garcia Fernandez
    • 13 A. Kolarov
    • 9 . Negredo
    • 6 J. Lescott
    • 35 S. Jovetic
    • 30 C. Pantilimon
    • 7 J. Milner
    • 1 Goals 1
    • 0 First Half Goals 1
    • 3 Shots On Target 4
    • 5 Shots Off Target 8
    • 0 Hit Woodwork 1
    • 1 Yellow Cards 4
    • 8 Fouls 11
    • 2 Offsides 0
    • 0 Hand Balls 1
    • 47.8 Possession % 52.2
    • 491 Total Passes 547
    • 404 Accurate Passes 450
    • 23 Crosses 18
    • 3 Accurate Crosses 2
    • 6 Corners 6
    • 10 Tackles Won 18
    • 12 Total Tackles 21
    • 3 Blocks 1
    • 1 Blocked Scoring Attempts 3
    • 11 Interceptions 17
    • 38 Clearances 27
    • 38 Effective Clearances 27
    • 28 Headed Clearances 12
    • 3 Keeper Saves 2
    • 4 Keeper Throws 6
    • 4 Accurate Keeper Throws 6
    • 11 Goal Kicks 7
    • 6 Accurate Goal Kicks 1

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    Probable Lineups:

    arsenal mancityManchester City (4-2-3-1): Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Clichy, Milner, Fernandinho, Nasri, Y Touré, Navas, Dzeko

    Manchester City go into the fixture buoyed by their 3-0 thrashing over Manchester United during midweek and will be confident of getting a result over an out-of-form Arsenal side. David Silva could miss the fixture after picking up an ankle injury at Old Trafford, which could see Yaya Touré pushed into a more attacking midfield role if Manuel Pellegrini decides to stick with his 4-2-3-1 formation. Two-goal hero Edin Dzeko is set to lead the line, but the Chilean manager could use Alvaro Negredo or Stevan Jovetic as an alternative. Star striker Sergio Aguero is still out with an injury.

    Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Flamini, Arteta,Rosicky, Cazorla, Podolski, Giroud

    Mathieu Flamini’s last-gasp own goal saw Arsenal draw 2-2 at home to Swansea and see their second half of the season slump continue as they now chase league leaders Chelsea by six points. Now Arsene Wenger’s men face a daunting trip to the Etihad in which a defeat could end the Gunner’s title hopes as well as give Everton a chance to sneak into fourth. Laurent Koscielny’s injury meant Thomas Vermaelen started in center back against the Swans and he’ll continue to deputize during the Frenchman’s absence. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain should also make way for Lukas Podolski, who scored and gave an assist last time out.

    What the fans are saying…

     

     

     

    Remember this?

    Arsenal went to Manchester City in the 2005/2006 season and came away 3-1 after two goals from Jose Antonio Reyes. Gunners – was well as Chelsea and Liverpool – fans will definitely be hoping for a repeat of that result.

    Fantasy Football Danger Man

    yaya toure2

    There really seems to be no stopping Yaya Touré. After a hat-trick against Fulham and a goal against Manchester United, the Ivorian topped the double gameweek scoring charts with 31 points. With 17 goals already this season, it won’t be surprise to see his name on the score-sheet again.

    Stats to get your head around…

    Manchester City vs. Arsenal: An Alternative Preview

    There have been six red cards in the last seven Barclays Premier League meetings between Man City (4) and Arsenal (2). Five of those have come in the last three meetings at the Emirates.

    Manchester City scored six goals from just seven shots on target when they beat Arsenal 6-3 at the Etihad Stadium last December.

    There have been just four goals scored in the last five meetings in all competitions between Arsenal and Man City at the Emirates Stadium.

    Victory at the Emirates last season ended a run of 27 league games without a win for Man City away against Arsenal (D8 L19).

    Arsenal have won just three of their last nine Premier League games (W3 D3 L3), this after a run of five successive victories beforehand.

    Man City have converted the highest percentage of shots into goals of any team in the Premier League (20%).

    Olivier Giroud has scored five goals in his last three games at the Emirates in all competitions.

    Manchester City have kept five consecutive clean sheets in the top-flight for the first time since 1915 and they have never kept six in a row in the top flight.

    Yaya Toure has scored 12 goals in his last 15 Premier League games.

    Edin Dzeko has scored six goals in his last seven Premier League starts for Manchester City.