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Emirates Stadium (ATT 60,114) 25th August 2007 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: C Foy

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Cesc ends Schmeichel fairytale

Schmeichel beaten after saving Van Persie spot kick

Last Updated: 25/08/07 6:05pm

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Fabregas: Winning goal

Fabregas: Winning goal

A goal 10 minutes from time from Cesc Fabregas was enough to give Arsenal a 1-0 victory over Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium.

Fabregas scored with an angled drive to end City's winning start under Sven Goran Eriksson and become the first player this season to beat rookie goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.

The 20-year-old Dane had kept his side in the game moments earlier when he saved a penalty from Robin Van Persie after Micah Richards had fouled Alexander Hleb.

And Schmeichel was almost an unlikely hero at the other end, connecting with Martin Petrov's injury time corner and forcing a save from Manuel Almunia in the Arsenal goal.

However, Schmeichel's sensational start to his Premier League career came to an end, with Arsenal shading the match after making a slow start.

It was particularly harsh on the imposing centre-back duo of Richard Dunne and Richards, whose only mistake was the foul which led to Arsenal's 68th minute penalty.

Penalty claim

And at the other end, Eriksson and his bench were up on their feet in the second half claiming a penalty when Kolo Toure flattened Michael Johnson, but Chris Foy waved play on, allowing Arsenal to take advantage.

The game developed into a matter of Arsenal enjoying possession, with City looking to counter-attack and exploit Arsenal's makeshift defence.

Most of the time they were faced with the solid partnership of Richards and Dunne, so Van Persie tried his luck from long range and cleared the crossbar.

City chances in the first half were more convincing. Johnson burst through the Arsenal defence to set up Martin Petrov for an effort that went wide.

Emile Mpenza, in for the injured Valeri Bojinov, had an even better chance after Stephen Ireland sent him through but the striker made poor contact on his effort.

Elano had the best of the first-half chances for City but he barely tested Almunia with a shot from the edge of the area when he had team-mates waiting for a pass.

The pressure from the home side built after the half-hour mark and they almost took the lead in the 36th minute, but Van Persie was inches away from Fabregas' cross.

Frustrated

Arsenal were frustrated further after the break, with Adebayor and Tomas Rosicky denied, before City began to come back into the game.

First Petrov flashed a shot wide of the far post after cutting in from the left, but Toure collided with Johnson in the penalty area but got the benefit of the doubt from referee Foy.

Then after 62 minutes Mpenza raced through onto Ireland's clever flick but Almunia spread himself to deny the striker.

They were almost made to rue their misses when Richards brought down Hleb in the area and the assistant referee instructed Foy to point to the spot.

However, Schmeichel saved with his legs as Van Persie blasted down the middle, and he denied the striker again two minutes later from a long-range effort.

The City keeper then tipped Fabregas' powerful effort over the bar.

But the Spaniard was not to be denied with 10 minutes remaining.

The ball was fed to Hleb on the right before he slipped a pass Fabregas who smashed into the roof of the net at the near post.

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ArsenalTeam StatisticsManchester City
1Goals0
01st Half Goals0
9Shots on Target3
6Shots off Target6
10Blocked Shots2
8Corners2
11Fouls9
3Offsides5
0Yellow Cards1
0Red Cards0
81.3Passing Success76.2
20Tackles20
90Tackles Success90
62Possession38
55.8Territorial Advantage44.2

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2 Southampton 9 19
3 Manchester City 9 17
4 West Ham United 9 16
5 Arsenal 9 14
6 Swansea City 9 14
7 Liverpool 9 14
8 Manchester United 9 13
9 Everton 9 12
10 Hull City 9 11
11 Tottenham Hotspur 9 11
12 Stoke City 9 11
13 West Bromwich Albion 9 10
14 Newcastle United 9 10
15 Aston Villa 9 10
16 Crystal Palace 9 9
17 Leicester City 9 9
18 Sunderland 9 8
19 Queens Park Rangers 9 7
20 Burnley 9 4

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