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Man City regain top spot

2011-12-18 20:14

Manchester - Manchester City were left two points in front of champions Manchester United at the top of the English Premier League after a 1-0 win at home to Arsenal on Sunday.

David Silva scored the only goal of a high-quality contest in the 53rd minute after Mario Balotelli cut in from the left and let fly with a powerful low shot that Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny did well to save but could not hold.

Sergio Aguero followed up and, as the ball came loose on the right, Silva pounced to score from close range.

City missed several chances to double their lead and were almost made to pay when in-form Arsenal striker Robin van Persie received the ball just eight yards out only to shoot weakly at England goalkeeper Joe Hart.

Then Argentina defender Pablo Zabaleta nearly made it 2-0 to the hosts when his shot beat Szczesny only to bounce off the keeper's right post.

Hart then preserved City's lead in the 90th minute when he tipped over a shot from Thomas Vermaelen that came through a crowd of players. In stoppage time, another Vermaelen strike curled just wide.

Defeat meant Arsenal, beaten for the first time in nine games, stayed fifth in the table, 12 points behind City.

AFP

Comments
  • Johannes - 2011-12-19 07:08

    Manchester City is the Real Madrid of English football. Money hungry capatalisic ego driven club with no successfull history based passion, hard work and club ethics.

      Dhirshan - 2011-12-19 08:10

      lol wrong mate - when they won most of their european titles in yester-year, there was no such thing as big bucks!

      Sam - 2011-12-19 08:37

      @Johannes: Some more idiotic comments from jealous supporters. If the sheik decided to invest in YOUR club, you would've taken him with open arms. And as for buying players? I remember teams like ManU putting up record transfers when they were trying to buy their way into contention. All teams have done it, at some point or another. As for history, we have that. Not as successful as others, but we do have over a century of history. Passion? We stuck with our club even down into the old second division. When ManU got relegated to the old 1st division, suddenly their stadium was empty for the whole season. How's that for passion? Hard Work, our players work equally as hard as any other player. If not, they don't play. Go ask Tevez when last he played. Club ethics? Bring the Tevez vs Rooney case. Tevez don't want to play, he gets fined and suspended, and soon sold. Rooney cry because he don't earn enough, and holds his club ransom by threatening to leave, and Utd bends over backwards to try and get the cash to up his salary. Who showed ethics? Wake up and smell the New Era, Johannes. City is here to stay!

      Jaco - 2011-12-19 10:55

      @Sam: You can't compare Tevez & Rooney as Furguson had no leg to stand on. Utd had to give in to Rooney's demands as they don't have nearly enough funds to replace him City's owners on the other hand don't know what to do with ALL their money, thus Mancini is in the position to just buy an even better replacement for Tevez (who cares if he doesn't play!). People forget that the success Utd achieved was through an unknown, young but talented side of the early 1990's. Giggs, Scholes, Butt, Nevilles, Beckham etc. were not million pound signings (City!), they were Man Utd nurtured talent. Yes they may have been bought from other clubs, but their value was refined at Utd. On the back of their success Utd were able to continue through buying top players. Thus Utd obtained success and money to buy further success through hard work, talented youngsters, careful planning and a genius manager. City are only achieving success by BUYING IT with some billionaire’s money... City may have a history, but they will NEVER have that of UTD! Glory, glory....

      Gerald - 2011-12-19 10:58

      @ Durshan Please tell me when Man Cuty won their European Titles because when I checked all the websites I cannot find Man City in any of them as Title winners

  • Themba - 2011-12-19 09:42

    sorrry for the gunners but will catch up with the rest

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