Manchester City 0 v Arsenal 3

Samir Nasri inspired Arsenal to an excellent 3-0 over win Manchester City at Eastlands in a game that the Gunners dominated from start to finish. That said, City only had themselves to blame for their own downfall, when they were reduced to ten men when a straight red card was given to Dedryck Boyata after only five minutes for a lunge on Marouane Chamakh.

Fluent

Nasri opened the scoring midway through the first half, Alex Song doubled the Gunners advantage midway through the second, with substitute Nicklas Bendtner coming off the bench for his first strike of the season two minutes before the end. Prior to kick-off, much had bee made of Arsenal’s inability to win against their closest rivals.On the evidence of this performance, Arsenal have shown they are capable of winning against anyone and playing with their fluent style.

Composed

Much too had been made of the Arsenal goalkeeper situation, but with a clean sheet at a hostile away ground to his name, Lukasz Fabianski is doing all he possibly can to claim the Gunners’ number on spot. The Pole was in excellent form between the sticks and after only seconds on the clock, got down well to save from David Silva after Carlos Tevez had slipped the attentions of Johan Djourou. Cesc Fabgregas cut a familiar composed figure at the heart of the Arsenal midfield, and it became evident that City’s plan was to disrupt his rhythm by any means necessary.

Dismiss

However it was Fabregas who found the willing Chamakh to race in on Joe Hart’s goal. Boyata hacked at the Morocco forward and referee Mark Clattenberg had not hesitation but to dismiss the City defender for his ill timed tackle. Nigel De Jong and Gareth Barry then set about unsettling Fabregas, with the latter getting a yellow card as the Gunners’ captain pleaded for protection.

Steel

Just to prove that in the absence of the suspended Jack Wilshere, this Arsenal side has the steel to go with the style, a flurry of yellow cards that saw Denilson, Song, Djourou as well as Fabregas cautioned as he returned De Jong’s earlier robust compliment, all of which suggested that Arsenal too could go a man light. By this stage, Nasri’s superb strike had lit up the English northwest. Bacary Sagna advanced and found Nasri. His quick thinking one-two with Andrey Arshavin in a tight penalty area created the opening for the France midfielder to slip the attentions of Gareth Barry and coolly finish over Hart for his seventh goal of the season.

Penalty save

Tevez and David Silva rarely got going, but they sensed the Arsenal attacking instincts could be their downfall. The sight of Gael Clichy surging forward so leaving a gaping void at left back had been noted, as Arshavin and then Chamakh were forced to cover on City’s surges as the the advanced Clichy badly out of position. Still the Gunners’ remained a goal to the good and should have doubled their lead five minutes before the break when Vincent Kompany scythed Fabregas in the area. Up stepped the Arsenal captain to take the penalty, but Hart dived fully to his left for a good save that still gave ten man City hope.

Boos

Three minutes after the break and it was one of those so nice to watch Arsenal moments that has the crowd imploring someone to shoot. This time as Chamakh beat Jerome Boateng, neither Nasri or Fabregas took charge to shoot with the Arsenal captain eventually offering a tame shot that Hart held. Tevez seemed to suffering a groin problem and was replaced by Emmanuel Adebayor to the expected chorus of boos from the sizeable travelling Arsenal fan contingent. Silva again threatened, but once again Fabinaksi did well to save. As Arshavin saw a rare shot kept out, with their next foray forward, Arsenal doubled their lead. Nasri fed Fabregas who was looking for Chamakh. The ball however never made it that far, and as City’s defence dithered, the peroxide blonde figure of Song rifled into Harts’ net for a well taken goal.

Beauty

City were shell-shocked as Arsenal then introduced Tomas Rosicky, Theo Walcott and Bendtner for Arshavin, Fabregas and Chamakh respectively. In between and Fabiaski was once again alert to Adebayor’s effort, but the Gunners’ were still hungry for more. Nasri was having the game of his life and his energy kept the ball in play when City thought they had won a throw in. Bendtner was in support and raced forward pointing to where he wanted the ball. Nasri duly obliged and the Dane struck a left footed beauty past Hart for a memorable win that takes Arsenal up to second in the Premiership.

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