City seized the early initiative after Laurent Koscielny’s sending off, scoring twice in quick succession to put them ahead. Arsenal rallied late on after the introduction of Olivier Giroud, but to no avail. City’s lead proved insurmountable.
Prior to the game, I identified six key battles both on and off the field:
- Arsene Wenger vs. Roberto Mancini
- Laurent Koscielny vs. Edin Dzeko
- Theo Walcott vs. Matja Nastasic
- Abou Diaby vs. Javi Garcia
- Santi Cazorla vs. David Silva
- Jack Wilshere vs. Gareth Barry
Over the coming slides we’ll take a look at who emerged victorious from these duels, and how it impacted upon the ultimate result of the game.