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Tom Rostance and Richard Winton

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  1. Post update

    And that is all from us today. A big day for Chelsea, without them even playing.

    Don't worry, Garth's team of the week is on its way to us. Santi Cazorla must be nailed on for a place...

    See you tomorrow for Everton v West Brom. Over and out.

  2. Player reaction on Twitter

    Manchester City 0-2 Arsenal

    Arsenal dressing room

    Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey: "Great team effort, everyone worked their socks off."

  3. Post update

    Manchester City 0-2 Arsenal

    Francis Coquelin

    More from Wenger: "I took Francis Coquelin from France at the age of 16 and he is now 24. He has gone through some difficult periods, but he is a learner and I always kept faith in him.

    "A few months ago, I told him he had to play, he accepted going down to Charlton and had some convincing performances. He came back and I have played him, and he's done very well.

    "We are still looking [for a defender in the transfer market]. There is no progress, but if you have a good idea you can text me."

  4. Manager reaction

    Manchester City 0-2 Arsenal

    Santi Cazorla

    More from Gunners boss Arsene Wenger: "The difference is that first of all we have injured players back, and also that we know it's a very important period and the confidence of the team is high and some players are in very good form.

    "When we scored the first goal it was much easier for us to control them. We looked dangerous when we won the ball. We didn't always take advantage of the situations in the final third.

    "What is for sure is that it increases the level of belief and confidence in the team, with five very important months in front of us.

    "Since Cazorla plays centrally, he is at a level of his career where he can have more influence. He is fantastic because he gets you out of pressure in tight situations. He shows you how important it is to be two-footed in the middle of the park. He passionately loves the game.

    "My initial reaction was 'Penalty'. Somebody told me that we were a bit fortunate to get it. I will have to see it again."

  5. 'We ran a lot'

    Manchester City 0-2 Arsenal

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini at the post-match news conference: "We didn't play a very good game. We ran a lot, we had a lot of possession, but we didn't have creative ideas to try to find the space against a team that defended very well. We conceded two goals from set pieces.

    "The game at Stamford Bridge is a very important game. We must close the gap to two points. I hope that we are going to recover and play in the way we have so far, except for this game.

    "I think it was not a penalty. In that moment the game changed - we were nervous after the goal - but I don't want to have the excuse of the penalty."

  6. HAVE YOUR SAY

    606 phone-in

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Arsenal players celebrate

    Over on BBC Radio 5 live, 606 is already in full swing and Ian Wright and Kelly Cates are taking your calls.

    Tony, an Arsenal fan, says: "I'm speechless, I don't know what to say. It's redemption for Wenger."

    Jason, a Manchester City fan, says: "Arsenal didn't do anything to stop City, it was the referee's decisions."

    James, a Hull fan, says: "Big changes need to be made, but I think it might be too late this season."

    Lines are open and you can have your say. Call: 0500 909 693, text 85058 or it's @bbc606 on social media.

  7. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Manchester City 0-2 Arsenal

    Antiques Roadshow

    BBC radio presenter Danny Baker: "On Antiques Roadshow in 50 years someone will bring this PL Season to the table:

    "Its a nice example but this was not a vintage year. £40"

  8. Manager reaction

    Manchester City 0-2 Arsenal

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini, speaking to BBC Sport: "We must be clear that we did not play well. We had a lot of possession but after that we did not have the ideas to be a creative team against Arsenal, who defended very well. We improved in the second half, especially in the first 15 minutes, but another goal in set pieces came in our best moment. [Before then] I do not remember one chance from Arsenal.

    "The penalty... I don't know if it was a penalty or not a penalty. But I don't want to misunderstand that I think the result is because of the referee blowing for a penalty that he thinks is a penalty. We had enough time and enough of the ball to draw the game, until they scored another goal from the set piece.

    "Yaya Toure is a very important player for us, but we played without Sergio Aguero and now we must play without Yaya. This team cannot depend on just one player. That is not the reason why we lost. It is important to play against Chelsea and close the gap to two points, but even if we don't win and it is five points, there is still 45 points to play for, so we have a lot of time to recover the lead Chelsea have. The most important thing is to improve the way we are playing, because the last five goals we have conceded were from set pieces."

  9. All night long (All night)

    As we wind down our Premier League coverage for the day, don't forget that there is action ongoing in Africa and Spain - where Lionel Messi has just scored a header.

    You can follow both of those here:

    Afcon LIVE

    La Liga LIVE

  10. Manager reaction

    Manchester City 0-2 Arsenal

    Manuel Pellegrini

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini on Sky Sports: "There are two principal reasons [why we lost]: one was the penalty, which changed the game. I don't think it was a penalty, but it was unnecessary [for Vincent Kompany] to do it. And we were not creative - we didn't have the ideas to cause damage in their defence. Without creativity it is difficult to score goals.

    "The movement of Kompany allows him [Nacho Monreal] to dive. I am not saying it was a bad mistake of the referee. The penalty changed the game, but it was not the reason we lost.

    "Of course, I always give credit to the team that wins the game. Arsenal played very concentrated. We ran the whole game, pressed very well, but we didn't have the ideas of how to create the space in their defence.

    "We still have to play against Chelsea so it will be a very decisive game. We will try to win that game to close that gap again."

  11. Manager reaction

    Manchester City 0-2 Arsenal

    Arsene Wenger

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, speaking to BBC Sport: "Santi Cazorla has been superb for a while now but today he was maybe even more influential. The way the whole team defended gave him a lot of the ball, and when you give him the ball you always have a chance to relieve pressure. [In our performance] you felt the great unity, solidarity, togetherness and compactness in our team.

    "From outside it looked to be a penalty. I would have to see it again, but from the bench it looked a penalty. We had many opportunities to score the second goal earlier but did not take them, but the pitch was not the best and they defended well.

    "Today we scored first and that changed things. At Liverpool we were close to winning the game and today we have done it. It is important to get that out of the way - to show that we can win away in the Premier League, and that will make us stronger. I think we carried that a while, everybody questioning our defensive solidity, and to get that today is very important."

  12. Post update

    Manchester City 0-2 Arsenal

    Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini does not think his side should have conceded a penalty today, but admits that the challenge from Vincent Kompany was 'unnecessary.'

    More reaction to come.

  13. Manager reaction

    Manchester City 0-2 Arsenal

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on Sky Sports: "I felt that we were well-disciplined, well-organised, had a good solidarity and overall we kept a good control of the game. We could even have done better on counter attacks.

    "We played high up in their half and very deep in our half and it worked. Sometimes, the fact that you have to find solutions internally is a blessing. People are very quick on their judgment, you forget that we had many defenders out all season, as you saw today the centre-backs are a good partnership and it takes time to get back to that level.

    "It's down to everybody doing their job. The first goal dictates the way of the game in these big games - today we scored first.

    "We looked in control away from home and we finally got a big win in a big game away from home. What is pleasing is that reinforces the belief of the team. To feel that you can do well is very important."

  14. Post update

    Manchester City 0-2 Arsenal

    Arsenal

    There are plenty of stats coming out of today's game which illustrate how poorly Arsenal have played on the road down the years.

    Arsenal today win a Premier League away trip to the defending Champions for the first time since a 1-0 win at Manchester United on 8 May 2002. That was a big win...

  15. Head for heights

    Manchester City 0-2 Arsenal

    Olivier Giroud

    Since he arrived in the Premier League at the start of the 2012-13 season, Olivier Giroud has scored 11 headed goals, two more than anyone else.

  16. Player reaction on Twitter

    Manchester City 0-2 Arsenal

    Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil: Wow, 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium! Great performance from the whole team!

  17. Player reaction

    Manchester City 0-2 Arsenal

    Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey, speaking to Sky Sports: "We felt like in the past we were too open but today we definitely defended as a team and did not give any room in the middle for David Silva to get into those little pockets he loves.

    "We forced them wide and we dealt with it. And obviously we took advantage of our chances going forward."

  18. Player reaction

    Manchester City 0-2 Arsenal

    Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla speaking to BBC Sport: "Today the team played very well. When we defend well, we have so many chances to win the game. Olivier Giroud was amazing, he's a very important striker for us."

  19. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Manchester City 0-2 Arsenal

    Edmund Emiowei: Easily Arsenal's best tactical performance of the last five seasons. Well done Arsene Wenger - for once he gets it spot on!

    Mike, Liverpool: Blood pressure through the roof and relief unbounded. Can't believe Arsenal have collected three points and kept a clean sheet. Would love to say that l was confident, but that would be a lie!

    Ashraf Farid, Doncaster: Santi Cazorla was fantastic, but what about Francis Coquelin? Have Arsenal finally found that elusive defensive midfielder?

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  20. Player reaction

    Manchester City 0-2 Arsenal

    Aaron Ramsey

    Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey on Sky Sports: "Everybody else won on the weekend so it was important for us to get the win, and hopefully we can build on this and have a good second half of the season.

    "It's not an easy place to come, and Manchester City have made this a bit of a fortress, but we've done well and got the win. Santi Cazorla was different class."

  21. Post update

    Manchester City 0-2 Arsenal

    What a wonderful comparison Pat. Santi Cazorla was top class, more nutmegs today than a spice rack.

  22. Post update

    Manchester City 0-2 Arsenal

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad Stadium

    "Santi Cazorla, I'm going to make an analogy about him that probably only people over 80 will understand - Emil Zatopek. (Czechoslovak long-distance runner best known for winning three gold medals at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki)

    "He always looked like he was going to fall over and die, that is the way Santi Cazorla looked for the majority of the second half - exhausted. Yet he kept on going, he got the assist for the second goal, and his power and strength as the game went on was fabulous. That boy will sleep well tonight. He's so tired he's being carried off the park on the shoulders of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain."

  23. Post update

    Manchester City 0-2 Arsenal

    Jonathan Pearce

    BBC Match of the Day commentator at Etihad Stadium

    "Manchester City have today not looked like a team that can overhaul Chelsea. The man that Manchester City are desperately missing is Yaya Toure and while he is away at the African Cup of Nations will City's title defence falter?

    "Arsenal have waited a long time for this and it was an outstanding performance. Particularly from Santi Cazorla with one of the best displays by a midfielder we've seen by a visiting team here."

  24. It's a Blue day

    Manchester City 0-2 Arsenal

    Premier League table

    It's looking pretty for Chelsea then. A five-point lead with 16 games to go, and City to travel to Stamford Bridge in two weeks' time.

    Arsenal move on to the shoulders of Manchester United too. Can Southampton stick with the top four?

  25. Post update

    Manchester City 0-2 Arsenal

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad Stadium

    "Arsenal had such a positive attitude - the way they have played speaks volumes about the manager. People were having a real dig at Arsene Wenger before today, and you do understand that as they have been a distance away, but today he got it absolutely right. Every single Arsenal player worked their socks off and it has won them the game. Francis Coquelin, he was shouting as loud as anybody and getting everybody going, his attitude has been superb.

    "Sergio Aguero, we talked about him so much before the start of the game but he had an absolutely minimal impact. David Silva, of whom you expect so much, didn't create a single chance the whole game."

  26. Post update

    Manchester City 0-2 Arsenal

    graphic
  27. FULL-TIME

    Manchester City 0-2 Arsenal

    Arsenal pull off a memorable win. Chelsea are the big winners.

  28. Post update

    Manchester City 0-2 Arsenal

    I have to be honest here, I may have said when the teams came out that I had some doubts over an Arsenal back four containing Nacho Monreal and Hector Bellerin. They have both been excellent.

    Hector Bellerin
  29. Post update

    Manchester City 0-2 Arsenal

    Chance! Arsenal could have a third as Mathieu Flamini bursts into the box, Olivier Giroud is square for a tap-in but he hesitates and the chance is gone.

    FOUR MINUTES added on.

  30. CLOSE!

    Manchester City 0-2 Arsenal

    That could have set-up a grandstand finish - but Vincent Kompany heads wide from close range. Not his day.

  31. Post update

    Manchester City 0-2 Arsenal

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad Stadium

    "City seem to have lost their belief. If they push it they might be able to draw level here, there is still injury time to be played. But they seem to have run out of ideas just now."

  32. Post update

    Manchester City 0-2 Arsenal

    Santi Cazorla has delivered 'one of the best individual midfield performances away from home in the Premier League' according to our man in the booth Jonathan Pearce.

    Three minutes left, Edin Dzeko clumps a shot wide.

  33. YELLOW CARD

    Manchester City 0-2 Arsenal

    Arsenal defend a corner in style, breaking and turning it into an attack. Sergio Aguero's method of tracking Kieran Gibbs is one I used to deploy - he hangs onto his shirt and yanks him back. Booked.

    Aguero looks done. City look done.

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    Manchester City 0-2 Arsenal

    Tony, Wivenhoe, Essex: Heart in mouth time. Come on you Gooners! Three points beckon.

    Garrett, County Down: Alexis Sanchez rubbing off on Santi Cazorla. What a run! (see 75 mins)

    Fergus, Manchester: While Cazorla has been brilliant, why is no one mentioning Francis Coquelin? I've lost count of the number of interceptions he's made!

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  35. SUBSTITUTION

    Manchester City 0-2 Arsenal

    Ten attempts, only three on target. That's the story of Manchester City's disappointing afternoon in front of goal. Double sub for the Gunners, off come Alexis Sanchez and the injured Aaron Ramsey, on come Kieran Gibbs and Mathieu Flamini.

  36. Post update

    Manchester City 0-2 Arsenal

    Santi Cazorla has had a brilliant game - and I've just seen his celebration for the second goal. Top, top class. One for the dancefloors of the world.

  37. Post update

    Manchester City 0-2 Arsenal

    Gary Lineker

    BBC Sport

    "This is the best I've seen Arsenal play in yonks. Disciplined, canny, energetic, explosive and combative."

  38. CLOSE!

    Manchester City 0-2 Arsenal

    Brilliant one-touch stuff inside the penalty area sees David Silva and Frank Lampard tee-up Stevan Jovetic, but his low shot is deflected wide. That needed to go in.

  39. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Manchester City 0-2 Arsenal

    Chris White: Is this City side only capable of winning the title every two years, when the African Cup of Nations doesn't happen?

    #Vote4Jim: The way Santi Cazorla is playing, Mesut Ozil can be saved for unimportant cup games. Yes, I said it.

    Oker: Cazorla man-of-the-match.

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  40. Post update

    Manchester City 0-2 Arsenal

    As well as three points, Chelsea have put a seven-goal swing between themselves and Manchester City this weekend. The clubs were level on everything just a few weeks ago so that could end up being decisive. You never know.

    Just over 10 minutes to go...

  41. SUBSTITUTION

    Manchester City 0-2 Arsenal

    Diego Maradona in the Arsenal midfield! Santi Cazorla wins it in his own box, pirouettes away from one challenge, nutmegs another man, beats two more and is finally tackled 65 yards further downfield. This is the best I think I've ever seen Cazorla play.

    City bring on Edin Dzeko for the tame Jesus Navas.

    Santi Carzola is challenged by Frank Lampard
  42. Post update

    Manchester City 0-2 Arsenal

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad Stadium

    "The second goal gave Arsenal that extra bit of energy, out of absolutely nowhere. They are playing so well on the break but is a strangely open second half and you're sure there will be chances for City at some point. I don't think City have been on sparkling form this season, but they've still been winning. I tell you what though, they will have to be sparkling between now and the end of the game to get something out of this. A draw is no good to them."

  43. Post update

    Manchester City 0-2 Arsenal

    Manchester City's next league fixture is Chelsea away. Lose today, and lose that - and Chelsea are champions?

    Manchester City react after conceding to Arsenal
  44. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Manchester City 0-2 Arsenal

    Ash Williams: City have done an imitation of the usual Arsenal defending. No one challenged Olivier Giroud.

    Stavros Makrozachopo: No Yaya Toure, no champions, simple as that!

    Julian Croker: Surely even Arsenal can hang on to a two-goal lead this time?

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  45. GREAT SAVE!

    Manchester City 0-2 Arsenal

    That would have sealed it! Alexis Sanchez unleashes from 25 yards and Joe Hart beats it clear, just away from the lurking Olivier Giroud. City waste no time getting it down the other end and Jesus Navas side-foots one a David Ospina. No power, no conviction.

  46. Post update

    Manchester City 0-2 Arsenal

    Jesus Navas is in behind but again he hits the first defender when he had three men waiting for the cutback. Can City find a goal? They have 20 minutes.

  47. Post update

    Manchester City 0-2 Arsenal

    Santi Cazorla has been outstanding this afternoon. A brilliant midfield display. City still look a threat but to be honest David Ospina hasn't been tested anywhere near enough. This could be a damaging defeat.

    Santi Carzola celebrates
  48. Post update

    Manchester City 0-2 Arsenal

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad Stadium

    "There's not much to that goal, there was just no marking whatsoever. I thought Santi Cazorla was going to come off - but well done Arsene Wenger! Cazorla takes the free-kick, but the City defence totally lost Olivier Giroud."

  49. GOAL

    Manchester City 0-2 Arsenal - Olivier Giroud

    Big! A big, big goal for Arsenal, a big goal in the title race! Manchester City's defending is atrocious as Olivier Giroud gets ahead of Fernando to head home a Santi Cazorla free-kick. He was unmarked six yards out and planted it into the corner.

    Arsenal score their second goal
  50. SUBSTITUTION

    Manchester City 0-1 Arsenal

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has covered a lot of turf today but he is off now, Tomas Rosicky is on. Keep the ball, keep the ball...

  51. Post update

    Manchester City 0-1 Arsenal

    If Arsenal can hang on - Chelsea will be five points clear at the top of the table. That is a very handy lead at this stage of the season.

  52. Post update

    Manchester City 0-1 Arsenal

    Graphic
  53. SUBSTITUTION

    Manchester City 0-1 Arsenal

    Here he is, Frank Lampard is on for Fernandinho. He has 28 minutes to save his new side.

  54. Post update

    Manchester City 0-1 Arsenal

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad Stadium

    "That is either the best defending I have ever seen in my life or just pure luck from Laurent Koscielny - I am going with the latter. Tomas Rosicky has to be coming on soon because Santi Cazorla looks spent. Cazorla's dead on his feet but this game is suited to Rosicky. Another player suited to this game would be Theo Walcott."

  55. Post update

    Manchester City 0-1 Arsenal

    Frank Lampard is coming on. Another chapter to his tale?

  56. CLOSE!

    Manchester City 0-1 Arsenal

    How has that not gone in? Jesus Navas for once delivers quality with a low ball across the six-yard box, Sergio Aguero is mentally already celebrating the equaliser but Laurent Koscielny gets a toe to the cross and puts it behind. Brilliant defending.

  57. Post update

    Manchester City 0-1 Arsenal

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad Stadium

    "That was a real chance for Arsenal (see 55 mins). There were couple of poor decisions with the final ball, though. Certainly Olivier Giroud could have played a better pass earlier for Aaron Ramsey. Arsenal were so well organised in the first half, you wondered whether they could keep it up because it is just not in their DNA. They're not the kind of players who will want to keep on doing that."

  58. Post update

    Manchester City 0-1 Arsenal

    The purists, the technicians, the chess lovers may disagree with me but this has been a brilliant 10 minutes of football. End-to-end, littered with mistakes and half-chances, the threat of a goal hanging over both goals. That's what we want, isn't it?

    Paul Lambert won't be able to watch.

    Monreal clearance
  59. CLOSE!

    Manchester City 0-1 Arsenal

    It's the only mindset to have Mike. Expect the worst - I hear you.

    Arsenal look as dangerous as City to be honest and here's a great chance on the break! They have a three-on-three, Alexis Sanchez inside to Olivier Giroud, he waits too long to find Aaron Ramsey on his left and Ramsey scoops the shot over the top. If the pass was a second earlier, Ramsey scores.

  60. Text us on 81111

    Manchester City 0-1 Arsenal

    Mike, Liverpool: As an Arsenal fan traumatised by so many capitulations and last-minute disappointments, you will forgive me if l exude no confidence whatsoever that we will come away with three points. Obviously l hope l'm wrong but painful experience tells me that we will be undone.

  61. YELLOW CARD

    Manchester City 0-1 Arsenal

    Lovely feet from Alexis Sanchez on the left of the area as he cuts inside but his shot has the embarrassment of going for a throw. Fernandinho is then booked for a handball. 100mph stuff.

    Alexis Sanchez
  62. CLOSE!

    Manchester City 0-1 Arsenal

    Better from Jesus Navas as he middles a shot on the run right at David Ospina, who has to beat it away. The crowd are up, the tempo is through the roof.

    David Silva then wriggles inside and Fernandinho's shot is deflected over. You'd think it was stoppage time, not the first five minutes of the half!

  63. Post update

    Manchester City 0-1 Arsenal

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad Stadium

    "The second half has started at an absolutely brilliant pace. Yes we knew that City would speed up after break, but Arsenal, in the way they are approaching the match, are making for an extremely open game. It's great to watch."

  64. Post update

    Manchester City 0-1 Arsenal

    Jesus Navas and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are having their own personal battle today - who can waste the most possession on the right wing? I'd call it a draw so far as the Ox hits the first defender when well placed. With one midfielder less out there there's a lot more space for both sides. I wager it won't finish 1-0.

  65. Post update

    Manchester City 0-1 Arsenal

    Sergio Aguero has another shot blocked - and now Arsenal can break. More room for them now, the game already stretched and open. A better game already.

  66. Post update

    Manchester City 0-1 Arsenal

    Already much better from Manchester City as Sergio Aguero gets a shot away for the first time, hard, left-footed - deflected away for a corner. They take it short and Francis Coquelin clears.

  67. KICK-OFF

    Manchester City 0-1 Arsenal

    So City going into a more orthodox 4-4-2 in the second half. Can they break through the yellow wall?

  68. SUBSTITUTION

    Manchester City 0-1 Arsenal

    Stevan Jovetic is on at the break, in place of James Milner. Can he make the difference?

  69. Post update

    Manchester City 0-1 Arsenal

    Arsenal are winning at half-time in a Premier League away game at Manchester City/Manchester United/Chelsea for the first time since Oct 2010 (12 games ago).

  70. Post update

    Manchester City 0-1 Arsenal

    If all else fails for City, a fan has just nailed a 20-yard strike through the 'o' in a 'Feed the Goat' mural over the goal. I'm not sure what he wins, but he celebrated in style.

    Get him a shirt, and get him on.

    Feed the goat
  71. Text us on 81111

    Manchester City 0-1 Arsenal

    Brandon, Bradford: Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero up front will unlock this Arsenal defence. City need a front man to link the play and that is Dzeko.

    James, Bath: Mentally City are stuck in 2009 (mid-table). Their players have the quality to walk this, but every time they face a realistic challenge they bottle it.

    Terence Smith: Does anyone else think Nacho Monreal looks like a miniature Peter Crouch?

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  72. Post update

    Manchester City 0-1 Arsenal

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad Stadium

    "Over the past couple of seasons I have noticed City start slowly before then tending to lift it in the second half. I do expect them to ask much more of Arsenal after the break. Maybe Manuel Pellegrini will consider moving David Silva out wide, or bringing on Edin Dzeko or Stevan Jovetic, with Sergio Aguero coming a bit deeper."

  73. Post update

    Manchester City 0-1 Arsenal

    Jonathan Pearce

    BBC Match of the Day commentator at Etihad Stadium

    "Vincent Kompany returned to the Manchester City starting line-up but he was the one who gave away a clumsy penalty as Nacho Monreal tumbled. City will believe it was soft, but Arsenal have played well. The big question for me is can Arsenal repeat this performance in the second half? They will need to be even better defensively because Manchester City will have a real go."

    Vincent Kompany
  74. On the bench

    Manchester City 0-1 Arsenal

    Manchester City have 232 Premier League goals on the bench in Frank Lampard, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic. Time for a change?Jovetic is getting some heavy instructions from Brian Kidd as he warms up.

  75. Post update

    Manchester City 0-1 Arsenal

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad Stadium

    "It's extraordinary it took Arsenal so long to play like this away from home. They are well-drilled and, although they are not playing brilliantly, the tactics are spot on. They got the break with the goal and have made big use of it. This is not a naive performance. So far so good for Arsenal, but I would expect City to come back stronger in the second half."

  76. Post update

    Manchester City 0-1 Arsenal

    Who predicted more excitement from Hull than Manchester City this afternoon? So far, so poor from the champions.

  77. HALF-TIME

    Manchester City 0-1 Arsenal

  78. Post update

    Manchester City 0-1 Arsenal

    Just one minute of added time and Jesus Navas again wastes a crossing position after a turnover in midfield. Arsenal fans will like this - Francis Coquelin dealing out a verbal barrage to his team-mates for losing the ball. A team lacking leadership?

    Jesus Navas
  79. Post update

    Manchester City 0-1 Arsenal

    Can Manchester City find a way through before the break? It doesn't look likely so far. James Milner gets the ball on the left and is tackled, but then Aaron Ramsey tries to dribble it out of his own six-yard box! He does too - but that must make Arsenal fans nervous...

  80. Post update

    Manchester City 0-1 Arsenal

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad Stadium

    "Arsene Wenger's tactics have been brilliant so far. They have worked, and Arsenal got the break with the goal, but Wenger is still not happy. He would expect his players to keep the ball a lot better than they have been, because if you continue to give the ball away to City they will create chances. City do look a bit sluggish in possession though."

  81. YELLOW CARD

    Manchester City 0-1 Arsenal

    City have plenty of the ball but twice Jesus Navas fails to deliver the cross when well placed. Perhaps if he had Edin Dzeko or Wilfried Bony to aim at he would have swung it over? As it is Arsenal look exceedingly comfortable. They are sitting deep and parking the yellow and blue bus. Vincent Kompany, having a somewhat ragged return to action, is booked for a shove on Olivier Giroud.

  82. YELLOW CARD

    Manchester City 0-1 Arsenal

    Sergio Aguero finally gets the chance to run at Per Mertesacker but he fluffs his touch and the ball gets away from him. After a month out the Argentine is obviously not match sharp.

    Aaron Ramsey is booked for a trip in midfield.

    Sergio Aguero
  83. Post update

    Manchester City 0-1 Arsenal

    Sergio Aguero has had five touches of the ball so far - two fewer than Joe Hart. That tells you everything about City's attacking force so far.

    A colleague rightly points out that without Yaya Toure or Frank Lampard in midfield their range of passing looks limited. Do you need Fernando AND Fernandinho in the same team, at home?

    Like playing Nicky Butt with David Batty.

    Sergio Aguero in action
  84. Post update

    Manchester City 0-1 Arsenal

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad Stadium

    "How many times have we mentioned Sergio Aguero? All the questions are being asked of Manuel Pellegrini. Are you going to adapt it now? Or wait until half-time? City have got real quality on the pitch. But they are not getting a touch because of the way Arsenal are playing. Most managers will leave any changes until half-time, but it is quite dangerous to do that."

  85. Post update

    Manchester City 0-1 Arsenal

    Something for the Sunday League player in us all as Per Mertesacker lumps a 60-yard clearance out of play, full on the volley.

    "AWAAAYYY!"

    Manchester City look rather stumped by Arsenal's defending so far. It's made for Frank Lampard and his late runs.

  86. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Manchester City 0-1 Arsenal

    Gareth Whalley: This is a really mature start by Arsenal. Keeping the deep banks of four and keeping David Silva out of the game. Very impressive.

    Liam Smith: Clumsy from Vincent Kompany. Very mature performance from Arsenal so far, is Arsene Wenger finally getting it right?

    Keval Shah: This game reminds me of X-Men III when the army starts using plastic guns against Magneto. This is that moment for Arsene Wenger.

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  87. Post update

    Manchester City 0-1 Arsenal

    Arsenal's penalty was only the second foul Manchester City had conceded in the game. It was crucial though.

    City fans sound frustrated as another lengthy spell of passing goes nowhere. Per Mertesacker steps out well to cut out a through ball and Arsenal have it back.

  88. Post update

    Manchester City 0-1 Arsenal

    City put six past Arsenal in this fixture last season but Arsene Wenger's side look a different proposition so far today. David Ospina in the Gunners goal hasn't had to lay a glove on the ball in the opening 27 minutes.

  89. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Bright Eugene: A stonewall penalty there. Just while I was typing that Vincent Kompany can be quite clumsy when he is in the mood. A silly challenge.

    Cameron Laws: That's a dive, but lazy defending from Kompany throwing himself at the player.

    Tokunbi: Arsenal lead? Wow.

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  90. Post update

    Manchester City 0-1 Arsenal

    Before this game all of the BBC Sport pundits were crying out for Arsenal to change their approach away from home against another 'big' team. The call was for the Gunners to be better drilled, more defensive, and look to hit on the break. They've done that today, and now they lead. Can they shut out City?

    Arsene Wenger
  91. Post update

    Manchester City 0-1 Arsenal

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad Stadium

    "Arsene Wenger can be once again seen as a tactical genius - his team has hardly touched the ball but a couple of times in the last 10 minutes they have broken well. That one was all down to the referee's decision though. Vincent Kompany could not believe the penalty was given. He thinks he was just being strong. His arm was out for me, but boy did Nacho Monreal go down easily."

  92. GOAL

    Manchester City 0-1 Arsenal - Santi Cazorla (Pen)

    Santi Cazorla goes to Joe Hart's left - and the England keeper is very close to getting to it. He can't though and Arsenal lead.

    Arsenal score against Manchester City
  93. PENALTY to Arsenal

    Manchester City 0-0 Arsenal

    Nacho Monreal plays a one-two, runs into Vincent Kompany and it's a penalty! Ref Mike Dean is convinced.

  94. Post update

    Manchester City 0-0 Arsenal

    After City survive that Arsenal scare they look to craft a chance of their own. David Silva ghosts into the area for the first time and is found by Fernando, but Silva's cute header back across goal is well cut out before it can find the waiting Sergio Aguero.

  95. CLOSE!

    Manchester City 0-0 Arsenal

    Alexis Sanchez picks the ball up in a central position for the first time and instantly beats a man to get into the area. Vincent Kompany slams the door in his face but moments later the Gunners have the first chance.

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain gets clear on the right, looks up and picks out Olivier Giroud at the near post and his header is deflected wide by the leg of Kompany. Great defending.

    Joe Hart looks a bit shaky from the corner but just about punches it away.

  96. Post update

    Manchester City 0-0 Arsenal

    Arsenal have had just 21% of the possession so far. They are well drilled though, moving as a unit across midfield and not allowing any space in behind. Most of City's play has been in their own half.

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Gael Clichy
  97. Post update

    Manchester City 0-0 Arsenal

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad Stadium

    "There have been a couple of little hopeful moments from Arsenal already. Manchester City have been defending well, playing as a tight line when they haven't got the ball, but I suspect there will be chances for the away side. Arsene Wenger will be happy with what he has seen so far."

  98. Post update

    Manchester City 0-0 Arsenal

    David Silva is now over on the left for Manchester City - he does what he wants. A modern day Chris Waddle.

    It's been a bit - can I say dull? - dull so far.

    David Silva
  99. Post update

    Manchester City 0-0 Arsenal

    Another poor touch from Martin Demichelis allows Arsenal to get on the ball and move up as a unit. Alexis Sanchez gets his head up on the left but is nailed quickly by Pablo Zabaleta. Fine defending.

    Pablo Zabaletta and Alexis Sanchez
  100. Post update

    Manchester City 0-0 Arsenal

    Interestingly, if you are interested in these things, James Milner is playing behind Sergio Aguero, as 'the 10', with David Silva over on the right so far for City, along with Jesus Navas.

    Has Nacho Monreal been targeted as a weak link?

  101. Post update

    Manchester City 0-0 Arsenal

    Sergio Aguero and Alexis Sanzhez have both been quiet so far but a poor touch from City defender Martin Demichelis threatens to let Arsenal in on the break.They switch it quickly out to Sanchez on the left, he cuts inside but his shot is charged down.

  102. Player reaction on Twitter

    Manchester City 0-0 Arsenal

    Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, who is away with Ivory Coast at the African Cup of Nations: "Come on City!"

  103. Vote result

    Manchester City 0-0 Arsenal

    We asked you before the match what you thought the outcome would be - and a significant majority of you (58.6%) expect to see a Manchester City win this afternoon...

    Vote result
  104. Post update

    Manchester City 0-0 Arsenal

    Excellent kit-based knowledge Andrew. Now you mention it it does ring a bell. I would be in long sleeves today, no doubt. And gloves, Tights. A snood. Three pairs of socks.

    Arsenal pressing very high up the pitch, Vincent Kompany has Alexis Sanchez for, er, company.

  105. Text us on 81111

    Manchester City 0-0 Arsenal

    Andrew, Carshalton: The Arsenal team always wear the type of shirt as chosen by the captain on the day. It is a tradition.

  106. Manager reaction

    West Ham 3-0 Hull

    Hull manager Steve Bruce: "You've got to take your chances. We haven't taken them often enough. We've got ourselves in wonderful positions and we should have been up after three or four minutes.

    "We've gifted West Ham their opportunities and they've taken them. It's become a recurring theme.

    "We've got seven or eight big players missing and in the second half it did show. We made awful mistakes. But we can't keep bleating on about it, we've got to roll up our sleeves.

    "James Chester has dislocated his shoulder. He'll need an operation. Alex Bruce has pulled a thigh, he'll be touch and go for two weeks' time. It's all hands to the pump at the moment.

    "We're trying to improve the squad and if there's somebody out there within the budget, we will try our best. Let's hope that can give everybody a lift if we do get one through the door."

    Steve, have a read of this page mate. Some strikers out there for £10m. Try the MLS...

  107. YELLOW CARD

    Manchester City 0-0 Arsenal

    Aaron Ramsey is playing just behind Olivier Giroud in these very early stages, as City then break away. Laurent Koscielny flattening Fernandinho with a clumsy challenge. That is a very early booking!

  108. Post update

    Manchester City 0-0 Arsenal

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad Stadium

    "It's freezing cold conditions, but as a player you shouldn't feel it, you should just go out there and enjoy the conditions. Having said that, whether a player is wearing long sleeves or short is often a give away as to who is really up for it. Seven of the City players have got short sleeves on… and none of the Arsenal players."

  109. KICK-OFF

    Manchester City 0-0 Arsenal

    Shorts from Arsenal physio Vic Akers on the bench! It's freezing in Manchester, trust me.

    Anyway, we are under way.

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    Manchester City v Arsenal (16:00 GMT)

    Rob: Arsenal's only chance of winning today will be to catch City on the counter. Olivier Giroud won't support that. Pace of Theo Walcott needed instead.

  111. Post update

    Manchester City v Arsenal (16:00 GMT)

    Not a spare seat in the house. The world is watching this one lads, let's not serve up any dross eh?

  112. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Manchester City v Arsenal (16:00 GMT)

    Mickey Wallis: Francis Coquelin needs to have the game of his life today if Arsenal are to have any chance.

    Ben Turner: In previous games Arsenal have gone into this fixture with some hope of a result. Being no-hopers could play into our hands...

    Joe Murphy: A heavy defeat today and Arsenals defensive transfer targets have an extra £10m added on, which means Arsene Wenger won't buy.

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  113. Post update

    Manchester City v Arsenal (16:00 GMT)

    Teams in the tunnel. Vincent Kompany on his toes, bouncing up and down, facing back towards his team-mates, shouting encouragement. Pumped? You bet.

    When you see the size of Kompany and his goalkeeper Joe Hart next to club officials - 'normal' people - it really is quite intimidating.

    Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin looks daunted, that's for sure...

  114. 'Arsenal not a one-man team'

    Manchester City v Arsenal (16:00 GMT)

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini speaking to Sky Sports before kick-off: "There are players that make a difference and Sergio Aguero is one of those players.

    "We will see if he can play the full 90 minutes. He has been working the past week normally and it's the same for Vincent Kompany.

    "Alexis Sanchez is in a good moment for Arsenal, he's playing very well. But Arsenal is not just one player. Normally these two teams are attacking teams. Everyone expects both sides will score a lot of goals, but if we have to 1-0 it's fine. It's just important to win."

  115. LINE-UPS

    Manchester City v Arsenal (16:00 GMT)

    Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Clichy, Fernandinho, Fernando, Jesus Navas, Silva, Milner, Aguero. Subs: Sagna, Dzeko, Kolarov, Caballero, Lampard, Mangala, Jovetic.

    Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Ramsey, Coquelin, Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Giroud, Sanchez. Subs: Szczesny, Gibbs, Rosicky, Ozil, Walcott, Flamini, Chambers.

    Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

  116. Post update

    Manchester City v Arsenal (16:00 GMT)

    Just 10 minutes until kick-off at the Etihad then, the usual dreary weather should be cast aside by a glittering game of football. So often these 'big' games fail to deliver but just look at the cast of players on display today.

    It has to be good, doesn't it?

  117. Pressure on Ospina, Pellegrini's muddy boots

    Manchester City v Arsenal (16:00 GMT)

    Former England winger Trevor Sinclair

    MOTD2 Extra

    "For some reason whenever Arsenal come to the Etihad the atmosphere more often than not is amazing. It will be a big test for David Ospina to see if he can cope with that. If he comes through today he will do well at Arsenal you feel.

    "Manchester City have never retained the title. The work Manuel Pellegrini has put in towards achieving it though is amazing, mud on his boots at the training ground, he has been meticulous with the team and you would be disappointed if they don't win the league this year. But from the outside I would say if they come second, then you maybe have to look at Chelsea and the work Jose Mourinho has done and say fair enough. The best team will win the title."

  118. Manager reaction

    West Ham 3-0 Hull

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce: "There were two things in the first half: there was fatigue from Tuesday night and we weren't functioning well in that system. So we went back to a diamond and we started to expose Hull City's defence.

    "The first goal going in quickly after half-time really settled us. The quality of the next two finishes is what we've been looking for.

    "We've only lost two games over the Christmas period - one was Arsenal and the other one was Chelsea. I'm hoping we can kick on like Southampton have done because they've put themselves back up there with an outstanding run of wins."

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce
  119. 'Aguero the new Romario'

    Manchester City v Arsenal (16:00 GMT)

    South American football expert Tim Vickery

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Romario

    On Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero: "The comparison I have been making is with the former Brazil international striker Romario. Aguero has got the same strength in the thighs that allows him to very quickly accelerate over a couple of metres and give him the space to get off a shot away in a crowded penalty box. I think he his as good as Romario, and much easier to deal with as a personality than the Brazilian was.

    "When I say this in Brazil I get a bad reaction, but I think it's fair, and if Aguero can stay fit, I think he can emulate what Romario achieved. Alexis Sanchez is perhaps a more versatile player, but football is defined by goals and I think Aguero will get you more of them at the highest level."

  120. Player reaction on Twitter

    West Ham 3-0 Hull

    West Ham striker Andy Carroll: "Nothing better than a tap in. Tap tap tappy-roo!! Good win 3-0."

  121. Post update

    Manchester City v Arsenal (16:00 GMT)

    Former Manchester City defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Alexis Sanchez is so unpredictable, he picks the ball up from deep and from out wide and gets running at you. As a defender, if you are running backwards with someone like Sanchez running at you, it's so hard to deal with that."

    Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez
  122. Post update

    Manchester City v Arsenal (16:00 GMT)

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta on 5 live: "I would love to see a City player nominated for the Ballon d'Or one day. We have a very strong squad with top players. At the moment Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the best two in the w