Adebayor score twice to beat man city at home  

Sunday, 5 April 2009

Emmanuel Adebayor struck twice as Arsenal beat Manchester City 2-0 at Emirates Stadium.

The Togo striker - who had been out since February, but scored for his country while on World Cup qualifying duty - nodded in a free-kick from fit-again captain Cesc Fabregas after seven minutes.

Adebayor added another at the start of the second half as City - who were forced into a couple of changes by injury - never really got going.

Arsenal welcomed back captain Cesc Fabregas after three months out with a knee injury for the Barclays Premier League visit of Manchester City.

Theo Walcott and Emmanuel Adebayor were also in action again following fitness problems of their own.

Leading scorer Robin van Persie was out after picking up a groin injury on international duty, so Russian Andrey Arshavin looked set to be pressed into a more attacking role.

Manchester City striker Craig Bellamy recovered from a knee problem to start, while defender Wayne Bridge returned after a hamstring injury.

The Gunners went into the match on an unbeaten league run of 16 matches which had taken them back into the top four.

City, meanwhile, had secured just one away this season, but were the last team to beat Arsene Wenger's men back in late November.


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