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Manchester City 0-2 Arsenal

By Timothy AbrahamBBC Sport
Santi Cazorla
Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla scored his sixth goal of the season from the penalty spot at Etihad Stadium
  • Cazorla and Giroud score for Arsenal
  • City lose 12-game unbeaten league run
  • Arsenal's first win at City since October 2010
  • City five points behind leaders Chelsea

Santi Cazorla scored a goal and created another as Arsenal ended Manchester City's 12-match unbeaten league run and damaged their title hopes.

Spain playmaker Cazorla converted a first-half penalty after Vincent Kompany fouled Nacho Monreal.

Arsenal added a second after the break when Cazorla's free-kick picked out Olivier Giroud and the France striker headed in from close range.

The result left City five points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea.

MOTD2 analysis
Trevor Sinclair: "At Etihad Stadium on Sunday, it seemed that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger finally realised he cannot play his usual open style of attacking football when his team are away from home against the best teams in the Premier League. Instead, the Gunners were set up to defend and keep a clean sheet. Right from the start, there were times when all 11 of their players were defending deep in City's half."
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City and Arsenal played out a thrilling 2-2 draw when they met at Emirates Stadium in September but this contest was not as free-flowing as that encounter.

Beforehand the focus had been the influence of Alexis Sanchez and Sergio Aguero for Arsenal and City respectively.

Aguero had only returned from a month out with a knee ligament injury as a substitute in City's 1-1 draw with Everton a week ago, and the Argentina international was relatively subdued by his standards.

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Chile forward Sanchez, who has scored 12 goals for Arsene Wenger's side this season, was well shackled by the City defence.

Instead it was Cazorla, 30, who was the game's outstanding attacking player and it was fitting that he was to have such an influential role with both goals.

The pressure was on City to beat the Gunners after leaders Chelsea beat Swansea 5-0 in such imperious fashion at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

But without Yaya Toure, who is at the Africa Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast, they lacked a player to orchestrate and dictate the game in midfield.

Arsenal went close when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain escaped down the right flank and picked out Giroud but his header was deflected wide by Kompany.

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The chance served notice of Arsenal's intent to hit City on the counter-attack and shortly afterwards they won a penalty.

Monreal played a one-two with Giroud and the Spain left-back went down after his run was blocked by Kompany, who looked rusty in his first match since 13 December having recovered from a hamstring injury.

Cazorla sent the spot-kick low to Joe Hart's left and even though the City goalkeeper dived the correct way he was unable to get a hand on it.

Arsenal packed men behind the ball in the remainder of the first half, which stifled City's creativity with Aguero frequently outnumbered and rarely having the chance to run at players.

City manager Manuel Pellegrini replaced James Milner with Stevan Jovetic at half-time and his side had more impetus immediately after the interval with two up front.

An angled shot from Jesus Navas was beaten away by Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina, and the Spain winger teased a cross into the box on the hour mark but Laurent Koscielny made a crucial interception.

Despite City's pressure, it was Wenger's side who scored next when Cazorla lifted a free-kick into the penalty area and Giroud escaped his marker and took advantage of a disorganised City defence to head past Hart.

Sergio Aguero
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero failed to add to his tally of 14 goals so far this season
Vincent Kompany
Vincent Kompany returned to Manchester City's team for the first time since 13 December
Olivier Giroud
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has now scored six Premier League goals in this campaign.
David Ospina
Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina kept his second clean sheet in the Premier League against City
Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger masterminded his first victory at Manchester City since October 2010

Line-ups

Man City

  • 1Hart
  • 5Zabaleta
  • 4KompanyBooked at 41mins
  • 26Demichelis
  • 22Clichy
  • 25FernandinhoBooked at 54minsSubstituted forLampardat 63'minutes
  • 6Reges
  • 15NavasSubstituted forDzekoat 76'minutes
  • 21Silva
  • 7MilnerSubstituted forJoveticat 45'minutes
  • 16AgüeroBooked at 86mins

Substitutes

  • 3Sagna
  • 10Dzeko
  • 11Kolarov
  • 13Caballero
  • 18Lampard
  • 20Mangala
  • 35Jovetic

Arsenal

  • 13Ospina
  • 39BellerinBooked at 56mins
  • 4Mertesacker
  • 6KoscielnyBooked at 3mins
  • 18Monreal
  • 34Coquelin
  • 15Oxlade-ChamberlainSubstituted forRosickyat 66'minutes
  • 16RamseyBooked at 38minsSubstituted forFlaminiat 84'minutes
  • 19Cazorla
  • 17SánchezSubstituted forGibbsat 84'minutes
  • 12Giroud

Substitutes

  • 1Szczesny
  • 3Gibbs
  • 7Rosicky
  • 11Özil
  • 14Walcott
  • 20Flamini
  • 21Chambers
Referee:
Mike Dean
Attendance:
45,596

Match Stats

Home TeamMan CityAway TeamArsenal
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home12
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home16
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away5

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Manchester City 0, Arsenal 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Manchester City 0, Arsenal 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by David Silva (Manchester City).

  4. Post update

    Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Fernando (Manchester City).

  6. Post update

    Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Vincent Kompany.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Vincent Kompany (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by David Silva with a cross following a corner.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Per Mertesacker.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Gaël Clichy.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Frank Lampard.

  12. Booking

    Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Laurent Koscielny.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Arsenal. Mathieu Flamini replaces Aaron Ramsey.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Arsenal. Kieran Gibbs replaces Alexis Sánchez.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Olivier Giroud.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Héctor Bellerín.

  18. Post update

    Frank Lampard (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Olivier Giroud (Arsenal).

  20. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Francis Coquelin.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea22164251193252
2Man City22145345222347
3Southampton22133637162142
4Man Utd22117436211540
5Arsenal22116539251439
6Tottenham2211473230237
7West Ham22106635251036
8Liverpool2210573127435
9Swansea228682630-430
10Stoke228592327-429
11Newcastle227692635-927
12Crystal Palace225892533-823
13Everton215793034-422
14Aston Villa2257101125-1422
15West Brom2156102029-921
16Sunderland2231181933-1420
17Burnley2248102136-1520
18Hull2247112030-1019
19QPR2254132339-1619
20Leicester2245132034-1417
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