Arsenal 1 Manchester City 0
In the 87th minute Balotelli finally managed to get himself sent off after spending the whole game trying.
Questions will be asked as to why Mancini places so much faith in such an utter wack job.
Arsenal bossed the game for the first twenty minutes and most of the game thereafter. They were the better side and deserved the three points.
For Manchester City Vincent Kompany was immense at the heart of the rearguard action and Joe Hart once again made several fine saves to deny some excellent Arsenal attacks.
This was one of the best Arsenal performances of the season considering the quality of the opposition and they were playing the noisy Manchester club off the park for the first twenty minutes of the game.
The defence was strong though and it would take something special to break it down.
It wasn't surprising that Arsenal won the game. It was surprising that Mancini did not elect to substitute his booked striker Balotelli at half time.
This guy is an absolute tool.
Its one thing to be a maverick genius in the style of Eric Cantona where transgressions off the pitch - or on the pitch in the case of our Eric, can be made up for with absolute wizardry on the pitch.
But it's another to be completely reckless on the pitch and not make up for it with match winning performances time and time again.
City had no shots on target in the game.
In the match summary Jamie Redknapp said that Balotelli conducts himself as if he was a Ronaldo or a Messi.
I think what Redknapp meant was that Balotelli was trying to be something he quite clearly is not.
This guy has no class, morals or standards and his tackle on Song should be cited.
Cited? Can we do that in football?
In rugby we can, but in football – we just live in the dark ages.
The winning goal was something special from Mikel Arteta.
A peach of a 25 yarder that swerved away from Joe Hart and hit the back stanchion.
When Balotelli got sent off for yet another reckless tackle in the 87th minute you found yourself wondering why the manager couldn't see what every football fan could see – a maverick unravelling.
In total contrast watch Paul Scholes.
His performance today rolled back the years and showed the pretenders exactly how to run a mdifield with minimal fuss and pinpoint passing.
I've never really been a fan of Scholes until he retired - well being a Liverpool supporter what would you expect!
But what a game he played today. Absolutely outstanding.