GARCIA ON ARSENAL: Arsenal 0-2 City Javi Garcia post match interview
Manchester City - 10 months ago
Watching: Javi Garcia speaks in both English and Spanish to CityTV after a commanding performance during City's 2-0 win over Arsenal City ended their long barren spell at the home of Arsenal with a performance of style and grit at the Emirates Stadium. With all the talk of curses, hexes and hoodoos ahead of this Super Sunday showdown, Roberto Mancini had a team of witchdoctors, exorcists and apothecaries to conjure the long sought antidote to City's Arsenal maledict. First-half goals from James Milner and Edin Dzeko against an Arsenal side reduced to ten men after 10 minutes were enough for the Blues to bring their arrears at the top of the table back to seven points - despite Vincent Kompany's controversial red card after 75 minutes. It was well documented in the run-up to kick-off that DaMarcus Beasely was the last player to score for City at the Emirates Stadium five years ago and it was 1975 when Asa Hartford, Joe Royle and Rodney Marsh fired the Blues to their last three points on the red side of North London. City's miserable run on Gunners turf was summed up here in April when the title charge seemed to hit the skids thanks to Mikel Arteta's late long-range sucker punch. Travelling to North London without Sergio Aguero, Samir Nasri and the Toure brothers made this an even more daunting task but Mancini was able to name a robust XI, making two changes from the FA Cup win over Watford. As expected, Joe Hart returned in place of Costel Pantilimon to make his 200th appearance ...
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