Arsenal vs. Manchester City: Preseason Friendly Live Score, Highlights, Recap
Preseason Friendly—Arsenal vs. Manchester City
Arsenal 3-1 Manchester City
Arsenal: Szczesny (Fabianski 46'); Sagna (Jenkinson 74'), Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs; Arteta (Perez 68'), Wilshere (Cazorla 46'), Ramsey (Hayden 89'); Oxlade-Chamberlain (Zelalem 74'), Walcott, Podolski (Giroud 46')
Subs: Fabianski, Jenkinson, Perez, Hayden, Zelalem, Cazorla, Giroud
Manchester City: Hart; Zabaleta (Richards 46'), Kompany, Lescott (Boyata 86'), Clichy; Fernandinho (Rodwell 79'), Toure (Garcia 68'), Silva (Nasri 46'), Milner (Navas 46'); Dzeko, Negredo (Jovetic 68')
Subs: Pantilimon, Richards, Boyata, Kolarov, Garcia, Nasri, Navas, Rodwell, Wright
Arsenal boosted their confidence tremendously after comfortably beating Manchester City 3-1 in Helsinki.
Aaron Ramsey scored one goal and assisted another, while Theo Walcott found the back of the net once and assisted two more. Manchester City were far from poor, but the Gunners' overall combination of aggressiveness and quality was simply too potent for a side that is certainly one of Europe's best.
Ultimately, both sides received a very valuable tune-up exactly one week before the commencement of the new Premier League season.
Arsenal earn a massively significant win that will surely give the entire team a jolt of confidence ahead of the new season and might possibly relieve Arsene Wenger of a little of the massive pressure he is under.
90+1' Ninety minutes have elapsed, and with no word about extra time, City will keep trying to push their way past Arsenal until the referee calls it a day.
89' Arsenal substitution
Youngster Isaac Hayden comes on for the superb Aaron Ramsey.
88' Can you spot the joke in this sentence?
This will be a massive three points if we can hang on.— arseblog (@arseblog) August 10, 2013
86' Manchester City substitution
Dedryck Boyata replaces Joleon Lescott. I guess each side is allowed more than six subs in this friendly.
86' The game stops for a few moments after Jesus Navas crumples to the ground and receives treatment from Manchester City's physios.
84' That means both sides have used all six of their substitutions.
Meanwhile, City have begun to rediscover their quality in the last few minutes, retaining the lion's share of possession and attempting to slice their way through Arsenal's well-organized defense.
83' A few minutes ago, there was a Manchester City substitution, as Jack Rodwell replaced Fernandinho.
Alvaro Negredo, who has been a thorn in Arsenal's side all day, pulls one back for Manchester City after muscling his way past a somewhat stranded Laurent Koscielny and slipping the ball past Fabianski.
Predictably, City have a new attacking vigor about them after the goal.
77' Manchester City are really attempting to regain their former midfield dominance, but Arsenal are having none of it. Yellow shirts are converging on every loose ball and the Gunners' passes are much crisper than they were in the first half.
74' Arsenal double substitution
Carl Jenkinson arrives at Bacary Sagna's expense to loud cheers from his countrymen, while wunderkind Gedion Zelalem replaces Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
73' Oooh, Olivier Giroud almost scored a sumptuous fourth for Arsenal on a half-volley after a cross, but the goal was nullified because of an offside call.
Suspect Perez playing in this game means Arsene has made his mind up about him.— arseblog (@arseblog) August 10, 2013
71' Arsenal maintaining possession now, leisurely passing the ball around at the back and cautiously advancing it through midfield when an opening appears.
68' Manchester City double substitution
Javi Garcia replaces Yaya Toure and Stevan Jovetic relieves Alvaro Negredo.
68' Arsenal substitution
Mikel Arteta makes way for Sebastian Perez, who is on trial today.
Olivier Giroud nets a third for Arsenal after a perfect 50-yard long ball finds him on the edge of the box and Joe Hart's zealousness allows for a looping chip into the back of the net. City are stunned.
What a brilliant team goal for Arsenal. One-touch passing at its absolute finest.
Several players exchanged possession on the right side of midfield, and Aaron Ramsey was intelligent enough to keep his run going.
A City defender went to sleep, allowing a lovely through-ball to find the Welshman in stride. He stoically rounded Joe Hart and slipped the ball into the unguarded net from a narrow angle. A lovely sight.
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