From the vault

From the vault: Five great wins at Manchester City

Freddie Ljungberg celebrates scoring against Manchester City in 2001

We head to the blue half of Manchester on Wednesday night looking to record our first win at the venue since January 2015, but we have enjoyed many memorable away days against City down the years.

Our trips to Maine Road and the Etihad Stadium have produced some great moments, with fine victories claimed at the home of the Citizens as well as memorable goals being netted.

Here are five classic encounters to whet your appetite for the big game:

December 12, 1994
Manchester City 1-2 Arsenal

George Graham’s side went into this game winless in their previous seven games and were to face a City side sitting in the division’s top six. However two goals in quick succession would put us in control, with Alan Smith tucking home Lee Dixon’s pinpoint centre on 31 minutes, before Stefan Schwarz started and finished a free-flowing move.

Fitzroy Simpson’s strike with 10 minutes to go produced a grandstand finish, but this result would prove to be a turning point in the hosts’ season, as one win from their subsequent 16 games saw them sucked into a relegation scrap where only a late run of form kept them up.

April 11, 2001
Manchester City 0-4 Arsenal

We blew City away at Maine Road with a devastating display that saw us net all four of our goals within the first 35 minutes, with Freddie Ljungberg getting the ball rolling when he fired past debutant Carlo Nash after eight minutes, and seconds later he was picking the ball of his net again when Sylvain Wiltord added a second.

We were purring in the early stages and virtually wrapped up the points after just 16 minutes when some Nwankwo Kanu trickery sent Ljungberg racing through to clip in his second, before the Nigerian striker got in on the act when he finished off a brilliant passing move that bamboozled the shell-shocked home defence.

February 22, 2003
Manchester City 1-5 Arsenal

This was another encounter where we tied up the result in quick fashion, taking just 19 minutes to net four this time around. Dennis Bergkamp put us in front before Robert Pires tucked home a second, and then Thierry Henry plucked Martin Keown’s long ball out of the sky and expertly finished into the bottom corner to score a wonderful goal.

Sol Campbell powered home a header from a corner to pile on the misery, and in the second half Patrick Vieira got in on the act to add our fifth. Nicolas Anelka’s late consolation against his former club provided little cheer for those in the home crowd still in attendance.

October 24, 2010
Manchester City 0-3 Arsenal

An early dismissal for Dedryck Boyata proved to be decisive in this meeting as the Belgian defender was red-carded for fouling Marouane Chamakh just five minutes in, and we took advantage when Samir Nasri fired us in front during the first half.

Despite a Cesc Fabregas penalty miss, in the second 45 we continued to dominate and Alex Song blasted into the top corner to extend our lead, and then in the final stages Nasri released Nicklas Bendtner who finished past Joe Hart to put the gloss on the scoreline.

January 18, 2015
Manchester City 0-2 Arsenal

Our last win at the Etihad Stadium came courtesy of a Santi Cazorla masterclass, as he scored one and made the other to claim victory for us. After Vincent Kompany had brought down Nacho Monreal in the box, the Spaniard stepped up to fire the resulting penalty past Hart.

In the second half, Cazorla then chipped a free-kick into the box that was begging to be attacked, and Olivier Giroud duly dispatched the ball into the net to double our advantage, and end City’s 12-game unbeaten run.

Watch more classic wins against City, including a Wrighty last-minute winner and Jose Antonio Reyes making an impact from the bench, in our playlist

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