8pm: Arsenal vs Manchester City

Olivier Giroud
Giroud struck his 12th goal of the season to double Arsenal\'s lead. Getty Images

Full time: Arsenal 2-1 Manchester City

Arsenal see off a Yaya Toure-inspired late City comeback to go within two points of leaders Leicester City to enhance their bid for the Premier League title. The Gunners were brilliant for the first 70 minutes after Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud's goals, but once standards slipped Toure took control with a fine goal to half the deficit. Toure and Bony could have grabbed a late point but it is Arsene Wenger's side who take the spoils.

Well that is all we have time for as the final Premier League weekend before Christmas comes to an end./ we're back on Boxing Day for 10 games from the English top flight but until then goodbye and a very Merry Christmas.


Olivier Giroud down wasting a bit of time after a tackle from Nicolas Otamendi. Four added minutes are indicated by the fourth official but there will be some more I should think.


Toure exchanges passes with De Bruyne, who return ball in brilliantly paced, but the Ivorian can only poke wide of Cech's goal. Fine last few minutes in prospect here. Calum Chambers on for Theo Walcott meanwhile.


That Toure wonder-goal has totally changed this game and City are completely on top. De Bruyne takes a quick corner and when Toure fluffs the first effort, Bony reacts first but can only head over.


Aaron Ramsey again guilty of not increasingly Arsenal's lead. He lofts the ball wide when well place. City go again though and Bony's effort is deflected wide.


Goal: Arsenal 2-1 Manchester City (Yaya Toure)

Lifeline for Manchester City. They halve the deficit with a brilliantly worked effort, their first away from home in three months, as Toure works the ball well with Sagna before he arcs the ball beautifully into the top corner past Cech.


Jesus Navas spurns City's best opportunity. The Spaniard, who earlier replaced David Silva, goes free down the right and instead of going for goal decides to cut the ball back towards Bony where Arsenal defenders are waiting to mop up the danger.


Wilfried Bony makes his first real contribution with a goalbound header which is held by Cech. Fifteen minutes left and we're no closer to a City goal.


Manchester City have two penalty appeals in as many minutes. The first one looks like a genuine claim as Per Mertesacker takes down Raheem Sterling, before Yaya Toure goes to ground theatrically. Andre Marriner, who has had a good, quiet game, waves away both appeals.


Now Ozil can't reach a Monreal cross on the run. City hemorrhaging chances and showing no sign of getting one back themselves.


Aaron Ramsey with another chance to make it three and put the game beyond doubt but despite making space for a shot on his right foot he can only scoop high and wide.


A quarter of the game remaining and City are going nowhere. A Yaya Toure cross is behind Wilfried Bony and beyond a chasing Raheem Sterling, eventually rolling out of play.


Bony on for City for Aguero who had already left the field following the aforementioned aerial challenge.


Sergio Aguero floored after an aerial challenge and though he looks ok to continue it looks like his time is up on his comeback from a heel problem. Wilfried Bony being prepped.


Brilliant from Arsenal. Ozil and Campbell combine on the edge of the box and but for Aaron Ramsey's miss-control he would surely have made it three but Joe Hart was given a glimmer of hope and smothered the shot.


Joel Campbell breaks in behind and is denied by the outstretched leg of Joe Hart as Kolarov tried to get involved. Now Bellerin's cross is put behind by Otamendi with Giroud in the vicinity. Chances at both ends but the better of them going to the hosts.


Kolarov's free-kick finds Aguero whose glancing header is saved easily by Cech. How long with the sub-par Argentine last?


City have penned Arsenal in at the start of this second half but the hosts are surviving for now. Silva and Sterling are seeing a lot of the ball as you would expect but they're not getting through yet. There is even a chance for Arsenal as Monreal gets in behind and crosses, but Joel Campbell can't hit the target from eight yards.


Raheem Sterling has been warming up at half time and he is on for Manchester City for the second half in place of Fabian Delph. No other changes as the game resumes following the break. Big task facing City.


Half time: Arsenal 2-0 Manchester City

The Premier League title cannot be won tonight, but Arsenal are doing everything in their power to prove that they can be champions come the end of the campaign. It has been a perfect first half for the Gunners, who lead through Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud's goal - both assisted by Mesut Ozil - while Silva, De Bruyne and Aguero have been kept quiet at the other end. City have been blunt in attack and, at the crucial moment, lasklustre at the back. Long way back.


Goal: Arsenal 2-0 Manchester City (Olivier Giroud)

Arsenal grab a crucial second just seconds before half time. Eliaquim Mangala inexplicably gives the ball away with a terrible pass and when Ozil picks up the ball he feeds Giroud who nets his 12th of the season with a killer finish. City in real trouble of folding in north London again.


Sustained period of possession from City ends with a floated Yaya Toure effort bouncing out for a goal-kick. The visitors have faded slightly since the goal and with David Silva misplacing passes and Sergio Aguero ineffective, things have to change.


The Gunners are sensing blood and they almost double the lead. Koscielny flicks on Ozil's header in what looks like a planned move but De Bruyne hooks clear as Ramsey looks to close in at the back post.


Goal: Arsenal 1-0 Manchester City (Theo Walcott)

A goal out of absolutely nothing at the Emirates. Mesut Ozil plays the pass but it is all about Theo Walcott, who controls the ball, takes on touch to get it out of his feet and a third to thunder past Joe Hart into the corner from 19 yards. Fine goal and my goodness didn't we need that.