Manchester City continued their preparations for the new Premier League season with a straight-forward pre-season friendly win over Arsenal in Beijing.

The last time these two teams met in April, City's title tilt appeared to have imploded as Mario Balotelli's sending off compounded a disastrous day in the office after Mikel Arteta secured three points for the Gunners with his 87th minute strike.

However City went on to recover from that defeat and make up the eight point gap to rivals Manchester United to claim their first league crown in 44 years, and they appeared to have lost none of their fighting spirit as they put Arsenal to the sword in stormy conditions.

Pablo Zabaleta got proceedings under way with his well-worked goal after 41 minutes, with Yaya Toure doubling their lead just three minutes later on the stroke of half-time.

Arsenal tried to fight back in the second half as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain managed to strike both posts, but the north London side couldn't register and were consigned to defeat.

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