Dec 14, 2013 at 12.45pm UK at ‚ÄčEtihad Stadium
Man CityManchester City
Aguero (14'), Negredo (39'), Fernandinho (51', 88'), Silva (66'), Toure (90' pen.)
Silva (49'), Kompany (79')
FT(HT: 2-1)
Walcott (31', 63'), Mertesacker (90')
Szczesny (90')

Half-Time Report: Sergio Aguero, Alvaro Negredo put Manchester City ahead

Goals from Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo give Manchester City a 2-1 lead over Arsenal at half time at the Etihad Stadium.

Manchester City have headed into half time at the Etihad Stadium with a 2-1 lead over Arsenal in their Premier League match this lunchtime.

Sergio Aguero of Manchester City celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal at Etihad Stadium on December 14, 2013© Getty Images

The first chance of the game fell to the visitors as Jack Wilshere picked up a cross into the box near the far post, but smashed his volley wide.

City capitalised from the miss, immediately winning a corner at the other end of the pitch, which Sergio Aguero volleyed in from a tight angle at close range.

Vincent Kompany set up Alvaro Negredo as the home side looked to increase their advantage over the league leaders, but Nacho Monreal made it difficult for the striker, who eventually sliced his finish wide.

Against the run of play, the Gunners were able to get themselves back on level terms as Theo Walcott unleashed a hopeful strike from the edge of the box, but a possible deflection from the head of Martin Demichelis seemed to confuse Costel Pantilimon in the Man City goal to let the effort in.

However, Negredo was able to restore the lead to Manuel Pellegrini's side shortly after when Pablo Zabaleta delivered a cross into the box to leave the striker with a tap-in.

There was an injury concern for the visitors just before the break as Laurent Koscielny had to be stretchered off with an apparent knee injury, with Thomas Vermaelen taking his place.

Arsenal's Theo Walcott celebrates after scoring the opening goal against Marseille during the Champions League on September 18, 2013
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