Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal is tackled by Edin Dzeko of Manchester City during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Emirates Stadium on January 13, 2013 in London, England.
Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal is tackled by Edin Dzeko of Manchester City during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Emirates Stadium on January 13, 2013 in London, England. Mike Hewitt / Getty Images

Man City defeat Arsenal but still struggle to catch Man Utd

SECOND-PLACED Manchester City ended a 37-year hoodoo by finally winning at Arsenal yesterday, but the 2-0 win was not enough to close the seven-point gap on competition leader and bitter rival, Manchester United.

First-half goals from James Milner and Edin Dzeko secured the defending Premier League champion its first win in the red half of north London since a 3-2 triumph at Highbury in October 1975.

The row over the expensive Emirates Stadium ticket prices also continued after the final whistle when TV footage picked up linesman John Brooks telling City players Joe Hart and Joleon Lescott to go and see their travelling fans.

"They've paid 62 quid ($A95) over there, go and see them" he said.

City returned 912 of the unsold $A95 tickets last week, saying fans could not afford them.

Goals from Robin van Persie, his 17th in the EPL this season, and Nemanja Vidic gave United a 2-1 win over Liverpool at Old Trafford.

Liverpool's $A18.4 million signing from Chelsea, Daniel Sturridge, scored for the second successive game after coming on as substitute.
 


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