City's title race finally ended in disarray, with Mario Balotelli sent off minutes after a late winner from Mikel Arteta left the Blues trailing by eight points with just six games to play.
Arsene Wenger's Gunners, still smarting from the loss of a clutch of stars to the Blues, applied a deadly blow to Roberto Mancini's fading dream at a celebrating Emirates Stadium.
Arteta, so often a thorn in City's side when he wore the blue of Everton, conjured one of his long-range specials and in doing so effectively ensured that United will keep the trophy.
While Mancini will not throw in the towel until mathematics dictates that he must, the much-anticipated Etihad derby on 30 April will now be a long way from the vaunted title decider.Read full match report
Barclays Premier League
As of: 8 April 2012, 5:59 PMView full league table
- Duration: 96 minutes
- Home possession: 65%
- Away possession: 36%
- Home: 5
- Away: 0
- Home: 14
- Away: 16
- Home: 3
- Away: 5