Arsenal Vs. Manchester City, 2012 Premier League: Balotelli Sent Off, Finally

And things go from bad to worse for Mario Balotelli. The striker, who frankly should have been sent off ages ago, has picked up a second booking for clipping Bacary Sagna and will presumably miss the rest of the season with a lengthy suspension. It's a pretty silly way for Balotelli to end his evening after a much-improved performance in the second half, but he had to go after that. Why he was left on by Roberto Mancini I don't know, but that's a pretty poor way to repay a manager's faith

Anyway, there are four minutes of stoppage time to go and Arsenal are winning 1-0 thanks to a lovely goal from Mikel Arteta. We'll see if Mancini's side have any fight left in them after this - I'm guessing that no, they probably don't. That's the title race done, probably.

For live updates throughout the match, check out our Premier League storystream. For more on the two clubs, visit SB Nation Arsenal blog The Short Fuse and Manchester City blog Bitter And Blue.

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