Aguero guns down Arsenal

Tue, 29 Nov 22:21:28 2011

Sergio Aguero came off the bench to fire Manchester City into the semi-finals of the Carling Cup with a 1-0 win at Arsenal.

Both teams had made sweeping changes but despite plenty of industry from Arsene Wenger's young side - with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain again producing an impressive display - it was big-spending City who had the edge as £35million Argentina striker Aguero slotted home with seven minutes left following a sweeping counter-attack.

Gunners striker Park Ju-young, who scored in the last round against Bolton, forced City`s reserve goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon to make a brilliant reaction save to his left. The 6ft 8in keeper was called into action again after 27 minutes when the Romanian - on a one-year loan from Poli Timisoara - made another acrobatic one-handed stop to push away Oxlade-Chamberlain's fierce 20-yard strike which was heading for the top corner.

Edin Dzeko then glanced what was a decent chance wide before City opened the scoring with Aguero producing a finish worthy of their multi-million pound attack to win the tie.

Dzeko's long ball split the Arsenal defence before Adam Johnson brilliantly played in Aguero and the Argentinian coolly slotted past Lukasz Fabianski.

Arsenal sent on Russian playmaker Andrey Arshavin for Oxlade-Chamberlain in the closing stages as the home side searched for an equaliser but there was to be no fightback.


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