Arsenal come from behind twice to draw with Manchester City
Arsenal twice came from behind to draw 2-2 with Manchester City in the Premier League at the Emirates Stadium this afternoon.
The result keeps Arsenal in 6th place in the Premier League table.
Arsenal are eight points behind 3rd placed Liverpool, seven points behind 4th placed Manchester City and two points behind 5th placed Manchester United.
The Gunners have two matches in hand on Liverpool and one on Manchester City.
The match summed up in a nutshell how the season has been for both sides this season.
Each looked defensively vulnerable and each had enough attacking threat to exploit the others weaknesses.
Manchester City struck first in the 4th minute.
Kevin De Bruyne played a pass through to Leroy Sane, who held off Hector Bellerin before rounding David Ospina and stroking the ball into the net.
de Bruyne has now assisted 11 Premier League goals this season. That’s the joint-most in the division along with Swansea City’s Gylfi Sigurdsson. Only David Silva with 15 in 2011/12 has assisted more goals for Manchester City in a single Premier League season.
Sané is taking a liking to scoring against Arsenal. He scored his first Manchester City goal when the sides met at the Etihad Stadium in December.
It was the earliest Premier League goal Arsenal had conceded at the Emirates since February 2012, when Louis Saha scored after three minutes and 51 seconds for Spurs.
Theo Walcott equalised for Arsenal) five minutes before half-time. His close range right footed shot found the bottom left hand corner of the net after Shkodran Mustafi had headed on from a corner.
The Gunners though were only level terms for two minutes.
Mesut Ozil dallied on the ball outside his own penalty area, before misplacing a pass.
David Silva took full advantage, playing in Sergio Agüero whose right footed shot from a tight angle beat Ospina.
Silva now has 37 goals and 63 assists since making his Manchester City debut in August 2010.
Whilst 10 of Aguero’s 14 Premier League goals this season have come away from home (71%).
Arsenal lost skipper Laurent Koscielny to injury at half-time. He was replaced by Gabriel.
The Gunners though equalised for a second time in the 53rd minute.
Mustafi rose highest to head Mesut Ozil’s corner into the bottom right corner of the net.
Ozil has assisted four Premier League goals against Manchester City, the joint-most he has managed against an opponent (level with Aston Villa).
It was also Ozil’s 50th assist for Arsenal in all competitions.
Both sides continued to look threatening, but neither were able to find a winner.
Arsenal have lost just one of 20 home Premier League matches against Manchester City (W12 D7).
The Gunners can take some positives from the match. They showed more battling qualities than in recent Premier League matches.
That was the minimum requirement today after losing four out of their previous five Premier League games.
The pressure will remain on Arsene Wenger and the players as the Premier League matches will come thick and fast for the remainder of April – with the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City at Wembley also taking place on 23rd April.
Arsenal face West Ham United in the Premier League at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.
There was another small anti-Wenger/board protest pre-match.
More positively there a heart-warming tribute to David Rocastle in the 7th minute of the match.
This is what Arsene Wenger had to say after the match.
“We were nervous and surprised by their start. I feared that we could start with the handbrake on because of the pressure we are under.
“We are in a tough battle for the top four. I am professional and I have shown great loyalty in the past.
“I love this club, I don’t know how long I will be here, I am clear in my head, that’s the most important thing. The decision will be soon.”
Arsenal: Ospina 7, Bellerin 6, Mustafi 8, Koscielny 6 (Gabriel 6), Monreal 7, Xhaka 6, Coquelin 6, Walcott 7 (Giroud), Ozil 5, Sanchez 7, Welbeck 7 (Iwobi)