2015-16 Barclays Premier League

Full-time: Manchester City 2-2 Arsenal

  • Manchester City's Champions League qualification hopes remain in jeopardy after Manuel Pellegrini's last home match in charge of the club ends in an eventful draw
  • Sergio Aguero gave the hosts an early lead with his 24th top-flight goal of the season, only for poor defending from Gael Clichy and Eliaquim Mangala to allow Olivier Giroud to head home his first goal in 16 Premier League outings
  • Kevin de Bruyne restored the advantage after half-time with a lovely solo effort, but Alexis Sanchez denied the Citizens all three points after lashing home following a glorious one-two with Giroud
  • Substitute Wilfried Bony struck the crossbar late on as City toiled in search of a winner
  • The result leaves City in fourth, but only two points ahead of Manchester United before Louis van Gaal's side play their game in hand at West Ham on Tuesday
  • Missing Mesut Ozil, third-place Arsenal lost Danny Welbeck to a knee injury before the break and are all but secured their 20th consecutive season of Champions League football due to a superior goal difference
  • The Gunners will finish second if they beat Aston Villa on the final day and north London rivals Tottenham lose at Newcastle
Alexis Sanchez
Alexis Sanchez equalised for Arsenal after linking up well with Olivier Giroud PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images

That is all from us for now, but stay tuned to IBTimes UK for post-match reaction. We will be back on Tuesday night to bring you live coverage of West Ham vs Manchester United.

There is also the small matter of Liverpool vs Chelsea on Wednesday in addition to two crucial relegation clashes between Norwich-Watford and Sunderland-Everton.

Bye for now.


Arsenal, meanwhile, have not guaranteed their place in the Champions League but a healthy goal difference means they are unlikely to drop out. They also host relegated Aston Villa on the final day.


So City's hopes of playing in the Champions League under Guardiola next term remain in the balance. A failure to find a winner today sees them stay in third, but they are now just two points ahead of Manchester United ahead of their rivals' game in hand at West Ham on Tuesday.

Pellegrini's final match in charge comes at Swansea on the final day, but City are likely to need a favour from the Hammers or Bournemouth if they are to take their place in Europe's elite club competition once again in 2016-17. It's out of their hands.



Manchester City 2-2 Arsenal


The hosts huff and puff but cannot find a way through as Toure is dispossessed. Sanchez then nicks in ahead of Fernandinho and the midfielder brings down Giroud again to eat up valuable seconds.

Had the Frenchman released Walcott on his right, then Arsenal might have scored a winner of their own.


He is quickly joined in the book by Fernandinho, who brings down Giroud with a rather petulant late foul. Time is running out for City.


Arsenal launch a rare attack but Sanchez's scooped pass towards Ramsey runs out of play.

Three minutes of additional time signalled by the fourth official as Otamendi is booked for a mistimed lunge that prevents Sanchez from bursting forward from the halfway line.


Anthony Taylor waves away City's penalty appeals as De Bruyne burrows into the box and sees a flick towards Aguero strike the hand of Bellerin.

Sagna then finds Bony with a decent cross and the Ivorian striker hits the bar with a well-struck volley. So close.


Sanchez's free-kick is headed against the crossbar by Koscielny, who is subsequently flagged for offside.

Sagna then invites the ire of Aguero with a poor ball forward that trickles out for a goal kick.


Every outfield City player is currently camped in the Arsenal half, with the visitors more than happy to take a point back to north London. Toure and Bony fail to cause any danger and not even the admirably persistent Aguero can fashion a clear-cut chance.


A double change from City now as Toure and Wilfried Bony are sent on to replace Navas and Fernando.


Wenger was apparently planning to send on Cazorla before Sanchez's equaliser, but now uses his final change to swap Elneny for Francis Coquelin.

Pellegrini has also brought on Raheem Sterling for Iheanacho, who has endured an afternoon to forget.


City almost find their third goal. Aguero links up beautifully with De Bruyne, picking out his teammate before receiving the ball back via a delicate chip and hitting a first-time volley with his left foot that drifts narrowly wide of the post.


Gabriel has his name taken for a crude bodycheck on De Bruyne. The latter's whipped free-kick then misses Otamendi's head by centimetres before being tipped over by Cech.

Aguero looks to notch his second from the subsequent corner but can only fire a back-post volley wide.


Arsenal are back on level terms with just over 20 minutes left to play. Monreal finds Sanchez a little way into the City half and the Chilean takes advantage of the space available to build up ahead of steam and exchange a wonderful one-two with Giroud before lashing a right-footed shot past Hart.

Great goal and City will have to go again.

Alexis Sanchez
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Goal: Manchester City 2-2 Arsenal (Alexis Sanchez)


More vital defending from Otamendi to stop Walcott's low cross from reaching Giroud. The Arsenal winger is beginning to cause a lot of problems for City now and only the onrushing Hart prevents him from grabbing the equaliser after impressive combination play from Elneny and Giroud.


City apply good pressure up the pitch but Arsenal find a way forward and Walcott wins a corner, much to the disgust of Mangala. Elneny's deep outswinger is picked up by Sanchez, who is prevented from getting a cross in by a good block from Sagna.


Giroud prepares to pull the trigger with a volley after a cross from Monreal, but an athletic piece of defending from Otamendi sees the Argentine clear with an overhead kick.


Wenger's second change of the afternoon sees Theo Walcott replace Iwobi. 30 minutes remaining for the Gunners to find an equaliser.


We should mention that Sanchez wanted a penalty before that second goal after having his arm pulled while jostling for position at a free-kick. There was also a clear shirt tug on Giroud that failed to pique the referee's interest.


City perhaps should be 3-1 ahead courtesy of a rapid Iheanacho break that sees the 19-year-old brush aside Monreal.

As Koscielny commits to closing him down, he should release Navas in space on his right but instead gets caught in two minds and a tame shot rolls harmlessly wide.


City retake the lead six minutes after the break through record-signing De Bruyne. After claiming possession and racing away from Bellerin, the Belgian international breezes past Elneny and is afforded too much space by Gabriel before producing a low strike that beats a sluggish Cech before nestling neatly in the bottom corner.

Kevin de Bruyne


Goal: Manchester City 2-1 Arsenal (Kevin de Bruyne)