By Rhonda Richards | In Match Reports - Home Games
Arsenal left the City of Manchester stadium with a 3-0 win against 10-man Manchester City, though Roberto Mancini may well feel aggrieved with some of the referee’s decisions.
Micah occupied the right-flank as City made a flying start to the game, with Carlos Tevez picking out David Silva with a cross and the Spain international deftly flicking towards goal, but Lukasz Fabianski was equal to it and made a stunning save.
If City were feeling buoyant at their bright start, their spirits were to be cut to size with five minutes on the clock. Marouane Chamakh was through on goal and then brought down by Dedryk Boyota, and the young City defender was handed his marching orders.
For the next few minutes tempers frayed with tackles flying in all over the field and yellow cards being handed out at frequent intervals, but not long afterwards the Gunners grabbed the lead following a superb goal.
Samir Nasri played a one two with Andrei Arshavin before slotting the ball home to make it 1-0, and it was a goal that epitomised that type of football the club try to play.
Micah went close to levelling proceedings as he cut in from the right and aimed a left foot shot just wide of the post, though Arsenal were handed a chance to extend their lead as Vincent Kompany brought Cesc Fabregas down minutes before half time.
The Spaniard, though, stepped up to take it only for Joe Hart to save brilliantly, and the visitors had to make do with a one goal lead at the interval.
With City tiring Arsenal began to pick holes in their defence, though nice link up play by James Milner and Silva saw the latter’s shot palmed round the post by Fabianski.
Micah was pushing forward to much greater effect and should have had two corners after fine runs, but as they began to assert themselves Alex Song collected a wayward ball in City’s box after a corner and rifled home to make it 2-0.
Chamakh should have made it three after a great run by Fabregas with ten minutes remaining but the striker ballooned his shot wide, but they didn’t have long to wait for another.
Nicklas Bendtner – on as a substitute – coasted through City’s defence before chipping over Hart to make it 3-0 and end all hopes of a recovery by the hosts, and only a late effort from Jerome Boateng which was tipped over the bar by Fabianski showed signs of a consolation.
The win will flatter to deceive given the sending off, but Mancini will have to pick up his men quickly with further key games coming up.
Man City: Hart, Richards, Boyata, Kompany, Boateng, Silva, Toure Yaya, De Jong, Barry, Milner, Tevez. Subs: Given, Bridge, Adebayor, Adam Johnson, Lescott, Vieira, Balotelli.
Arsenal: Fabianski, Sagna, Djourou, Squillaci, Clichy, Nasri, Fabregas, Song, Denilson, Arshavin, Chamakh. Subs: Szczesny, Koscielny, Rosicky, Walcott, Eboue, Gibbs, Bendtner.