Arsenal fight back against City in thriller

Battle for the Top 4. Arsenal 2-2 Manchester City. Sunday 2nd April, Emirates Stadium.
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Shkodran Mustafi’s header salvaged a point for Arsenal against Manchester City, but left their top four hopes looking bleak.

A second half corner from Mesut Özil was met by his fellow German teammate in the 53rd minute as Arsenal battled back twice to secure a 2-2 draw at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Leroy Sane gave City the lead early, bagging his seventh goal in all competitions in 2017 after just five minutes. Kevin De Bruyne’s expert ball through the heart of the Arsenal defence allowed Sane the space to round the goalkeeper and pass the ball into the net.

Man City attacking midfielder De Bruyne caused Arsenal a number of problems in the first half. Creative Commons Images
Man City attacking midfielder De Bruyne caused Arsenal a number of problems in the first half. Creative Commons Images

They could have made it 2-0 when De Bruyne’s strike from the edge of the area struck the post and David Silva saw his followed-up shot parried away by David Ospina.

The Gunners looked to have levelled the tie going into half time when Theo Walcott prodded home from close range in the 40th minute. But, passive defending by the Gunners meant the Cityzens restored their advantage just two minutes later.

Theo Walcott's strike has seen him score twice as many goals in all competitions this season (18) than in 2015/16. (9)
Theo Walcott’s strike has seen him score twice as many goals in all competitions this season (18) than in 2015/16. (9) Creative Commons Images

De Bruyne glided dangerously into the box before Laurent Koscielny stuck out a leg to deny the Belgian a shot at goal. The ball then fell to Silva on the edge of the area who rolled in Sergio Aguero to smash into the bottom corner from the angle.

Unmarked Mustafi leaped highest in the box to draw Arsenal level again, but in hindsight, the result favours neither side as Arsenal stay sixth in the Premier League table – seven points adrift of the top four and City miss the chance to close the gap on the league leaders to nine points.

The sky blue men travel to Chelsea on Wednesday night in hope of reducing the deficit at the top whilst Arsenal, looking for a first win in the league since February 11th, entertain West Ham.

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