Half Time Report Arsenal 1-0 Man City
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Both teams come out the tunnel at the Emirates to a loud reception by the Arsenal fans. Arsenal will no doubt be buoyed by the return of their captain Cesc Fabregas. Manchester City will no doubt be confident today after their 3-0 win over the Gunners earlier this season. They’ll be looking to do the double today. They’ll miss their Irish playmaker Steven Ireland though.
01′ – Man City get the match underway
02′ – Arsenal gain possession early and knock the ball around in their half
03′ – Arsenal earn a free kick deep in their half as Ireland fouls Walcott
03 – Song fouled in the center of the Man City half and Arsenal take the resulting free kick quickly
04′ – Fabregas chips the ball into the Man City area unto Willam Gallas but the Frenchman is called back for offside
05′ – Nigel de Jong receives the ball at the edge of the Arsenal area and curls a shot on goal. Manuel Almunia is up to it though and parries it away
08 – Robinho battles Sagna on the right and uphends him just by the right hand byline. Arsenal win a free kick
08′ – GOAL!!! – Cesc Fabregas floats the free kick in and it’s met by the head of Emmanuel Adebayor. Great Header!!! Shay Given couldn’t do much about it! Adebayor scores his 13th of the season.
10′ – Walcott is brought down by Vincent Kompany and receives medical attention from the Arsenal physio Colin Lewin
13′ – Denilson plays a searching pass into the box for Fabregas who plays it across the mouth of goal but it’s cleared frantically by the City defenders.
14′ – Arshavin puts a cross into the box from the left side and it’s cleared behind for a corner by Wayne Bridge. The resulting corner is cleared away by Man City
15′ – Shawn Wright Phillips plays a cross inside the box that took a dangerous deflection off Gael Clichy. Manuel Almunia had to be alert and grabs the ball on the line and clutches unto it with his life!
17′- Early Substitution – Wayne Bridge off, Gelson Fernandes on for Man City
18′ – Adebayor goes down after a challenge down the right side by Zabaleta and appeals for a free kick. The Linesman flags for a throw in though as the ball crossed the touchline and he felt there wasn’t much wrong in the challenge
18′ – Arshavin play the ball on for Walcott who shakes off the City defender and tries to chip Given. The flag goes up for offside though
21′- Kolo Toure plays a long ball into the City area looking for Adebayor and it’s cleared behind for a corner. The following corner sees Arsenal press Man City, keeping the ball in the box, City try to clear it but unsuccessfully….it bobbles to Kolo Toure who shakes off Robinho, then Dunne, finds himself in a tight angle but goes for goal anyway. Shay Given makes a good save off Toure’s attempt.
24′ – Walcott slips a great pass in behind the City defence but Adebayor receives it in an offside position.
25′ – Walcott inside for Fabregas, Fabregas plays it across the box and it’s cleared out before getting to Adebayor. The clearance however makes its way to Denilson, whose shot is charged down by Micah Richards
25′ – Alex Song fouls Vincent Kompany just by the halfline. Arsenal regain possession after the City free kick
26′ – City hit Arsenal on the counter! Wright-Phillips plays the ball in behind Clichy and it’s latched unto by Micah Richards whose shot is saved well by Manuel Almunia who had to get down low to make the save.
28′- Bacary Sagna plays a cross inside the area infront of goal but it’s headed away by Richard Dunne
30′- Shawn Wright Phillips has the ball just outside the Arsenal area and slips a sneaky ball inside for Gelson Fernandes, Fernandes was perhaps shocked at the amount of space he had to take the shot. He beats Almunia with his shot!!! However he’s unluckily denied by the post
32′ – Arshavin is fouled down the left hand side by Micah Richards.
33′-Arshavin stands over the ball to take the kick. Arshavin plays the free kick inside the City area and Given is forced to come off his line and make a punch. The ball goes down the right hand side for a throw.
33′- Walcott finds himself on the ground for a second time today in pain. This time it’s after a clash for a 50/50 ball with Zabaleta
36′- Kolo Toure fouls Robinho from behind and earns himself a yellow card.
36′- Bellamy plays the free kick in and it’s headed away by Song but only to Wright Phillips whose shot is too high and wide to trouble the Arsenal goal
37′- Substition – Vincent Kompany off, Elano on for Man City. Second sub for Man City before half time.
39′- Robinho has a shot from about 28 yards out but it’s high and wide
41′- Arsenal win a corner after Adebayor’s run resulted in the ball being cleared behind. Given is forced to punch the corner out of the area and Denilson and Onuoha go after the ball but Denilson brings his man down and City get a free kick
42′- Elano takes a shot from 25 yards out but it goes just wide of the goal
42- City continue to bother Arsenal’s area. Wright Phillips plays Robinho in but Almunia is quick off his line with the interception
43′ – Arshavin has a go from the left side of the area but his shot is too high to trouble Given
44′- Zabaleta finds himself in Howard Webb’s book after fouling Bacary Sagna. 2nd yellow of the game for City after Dunne’s earlier caution
45′ – Arshavin denied a beautiful goal as he receives a great give and go pass from Adebayor but Given gets down quickly and pushes the ball away from his goal and into safety. GREAT PLAY BY THE GUNNERS!
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