AW11214Arsenal came from behind twice to draw 2-2 with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium this afternoon.

It keeps the Gunners in third place in the table, three points ahead of Manchester City, and line to secure automatic qualification for the group stages of the Champions League next season.

Arsenal finish their season at home to relegated Aston Villa next weekend. A win or a point will secure the Gunners a third place finish.

The Gunners could still finish as runners-up after Tottenham Hotspur’s 1-2 home defeat to Southampton this afternoon. Spurs finish their season away at relegation threatened Newcastle United.

As for Manchester City their top four ambitions are now out their own hands. If Manchester United win their two remaining matches they will pip their neighbours to fourth place.

Sergio Aguero opened the scoring for the home side after eight minutes firing into the bottom corner from 18 yards.

Olivier Giroud broke his goal drought to bring Arsenal level nodding in from a corner two minutes later.

Kevin de Bruyne put City back ahead in the 51st minute when he ran unchallenged through the Arsenal defence and shot low past Petr Cech.

Alexis Sanchez equalised for the Gunners in the 68th minute when he ran onto a flick from Giroud to fire past Hart. It was only Arsenal’s second shot on target in the match.

Arsenal had a late scare when City substitute Bony hit the crossbar, but held on to earn a vital point in the quest for Champions League qualification.

Arsenal: Cech 6, Bellerin 6, Gabriel 6, Koscielny 6, Monreal 7, Elneny 7 (Coquelin), Ramsey 6, Welbeck 5 (Wilshere), Iwobi 6 (Walcott), Sanchez 7, Giroud 7.