Manchester City failed to go top of the Barclays Premiership – MTN Football

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Manchester City failed to go top of the Barclays Premiership table after drawing 1-1 with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday night.

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A win for the Citizens would have seen them up to 69 points and above league leaders Chelsea, but a stubborn performance from Arsenal kept them at bay.

It was certainly a game of two halves with City controlling the first while the Gunners were the better team in the second 45.

David Silva was exceptional for City and controlled the midfield from the word go.

Inevitably it was the Spaniard who opened the scoring in the 17th minute after pouncing on a shot from Edin Dzeko that rebounded off the woodwork.

Silva created the goal himself by slipping Dzeko through on goal, but he failed to find the back of the net with his shot striking the post and then bouncing into the path of Silva who made no mistake, 1-0.

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Arsenal were mere spectators in the first 45, but they did have a goal disallowed in the 21st minute courtesy of Mathieu Flamini, but he scored in an off-side position.

Besides from that it was all City, but they were constantly thwarted by a stubborn Arsenal defence as the half ended 1-0 in favour of the visitors.

The second 45 saw Arsenal come out firing and they quickly equalized when Flamini turned how a low cross from Lukas Podolski in the 53rd minute.

The tables had turned and Arsenal were applying all the pressure.

Podolski should have scored Arsenal’s second on the hour mark when he broke through on goal and was left with just the keeper to beat, but Joe Hart produced a good one-on-one save.

In the end neither side could go on to find the winner as each team took a point from the match.

MTN Football

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