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By Jonathan JurejkoBBC Sport
Manchester City held by Arsenal
Arsenal forward Sanchez has scored six goals in his past seven Premier League games

Manchester City could miss out on a Champions League place to neighbours Manchester United after Arsenal fought back to draw at Etihad Stadium.

Strikes from Sergio Aguero and Kevin de Bruyne twice gave City the lead in Manuel Pellegrini's farewell home game.

But Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez goals mean new boss Pep Guardiola could take charge of a side outside European football's elite club competition.

Arsenal need a point against Aston Villa to clinch their top-four place.

Analysis: Why fifth place is not a disaster for Man City

A draw at home to the already relegated Midlands side would mean Champions League qualification for the 19th successive season for Arsene Wenger's men, who could yet overhaul their local rivals Tottenham for second.

Race for the Champions League
ArsenalMan CityMan Utd
Tues, 10 MayWest Ham (away)
Sun, 15 MayAston Villa (home)Swansea (away)Bournemouth (home)

Louis van Gaal's United, currently fifth, two points behind their neighbours with a game in hand, will finish above City if they win at West Ham and at home to Bournemouth, regardless of how Pellegrini's side do at Swansea on the final day.

Relive the dramatic draw at Etihad Stadium

Pellegrini's imperfect goodbye

Man City
Pellegrini took charge of 57 Premier League home matches as Manchester City manager - winning 43, drawing six and losing eight

How will Manuel Pellegrini go down in Manchester City history? Domestic underachiever in some eyes, European pioneer in others.

City were well placed to win a second Premier League title in three seasons when the affable Chilean announced on 1 February that he would be replaced by Pep Guardiola at the end of the season.

Since then the Blues have won only six of their 14 league matches, meaning Guardiola could arrive from Bayern Munich without Champions League football to plan for.

Pellegrini has led City to League Cup victory this season and taken them into the Champions League semi-final. But the solemn expression of chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak at the final whistle said everything - finishing fifth is not acceptable for the club's mega-rich Abu Dhabi owners.

Former Leicester midfielder Robbie Savage on BBC Radio 5 live
"Who'd have thought at the start of this season that Manchester City might finish outside the top four?
"It will be an absolute disaster for City as a football club if they do not qualify for the Champions League this season."

Arsenal close in on Champions League

Following second-placed Tottenham's 2-1 home defeat by Southampton earlier on Sunday, Arsenal knew victory would move them level with their arch-rivals going into the final weekend.

Arsene Wenger's side were unable to take all three points, but they showed character to fight back twice against top-four rivals City.

The Blues produced a lively attacking performance after being criticised for a laboured display in their narrow second-leg defeat at Real Madrid on Wednesday.

Manchester City held by Arsenal
City were more wasteful than Arsenal, as shown by our 'attempts at goal' graphic. The Blues, shown on the left, had 14 efforts - three on target (green), nine off target (red) and two blocked (yellow). Arsenal had five attempts - scoring with each of their on-target efforts.

Pellegrini's side deservedly led when Aguero found space to turn and drill in from the edge of the area.

A defensive mix-up between Joe Hart and Gael Clichy conceded the corner from which Giroud equalised with a header, but De Bruyne's run and precise finish edged City back in front.

The home side threatened a third before Arsenal fought back to earn a deserved point through Sanchez's clinical strike from 15 yards.

Despite missing the chance to rein in Spurs, Wenger was satisfied with a point that puts them on the verge of Champions League football.

Only a shock loss against Villa, coupled with City and Manchester United taking maximum points in their remaining games, would see the Gunners finish fifth.

Mixed injury news for England (and Arsenal)

England manager Roy Hodgson was not present at the Etihad, having watched Spurs' 2-1 defeat by Southampton at White Hart Lane instead.

Hodgson will have been concerned to see television pictures of Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck - a trusted member of his squad - limp off midway through the first half with a knee injury.

But, consequently, there was some positive news for Hodgson for Euro 2016.

Danny Welbeck
Welbeck only returned from a 10-month lay-off with a knee injury on 14 February

Manchester-born Welbeck was replaced by midfielder Jack Wilshere, who made only his second substitute appearance of the season after his own 10-month injury absence.

Wilshere, 24, showed signs of his undoubted ability, topping Arsenal's passing accuracy statistics, as well as - perhaps unwisely - launching into a couple of tigerish tackles.

"For me, 70 minutes - playing with high intensity and pressure - was great," he said.

"I don't want the season to end. I feel good and fresh so I will see what happens after that."

Wenger 'worried' about Welbeck injury

Listen to the best bits of the match action via BBC Radio 5 live.

Also, catch the Football Daily podcast as Mark Pougatch presents reaction to this and the day's other Premier League results.

What they said

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini:

"We should have won that game, and I think we deserved it. We played very well. Our first 25 minutes were some of the best here this season. But Arsenal's goals were good.

"The effort, speed and character was good, and we were playing against a very good team."

Top four out of our hands - Manuel Pellegrini

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger:

"I am not disappointed because twice we were losing and twice we came back. It was a game that was very, very intense.

"I was surprised by the intensity of City's start. We expected an intense game but they really came out with strong pressure.

"The good thing is that we absorbed it and we've shown good character today."

The stats you need to know

  • Sergio Aguero has scored in six consecutive Premier League games for the first time - the first Manchester City player to do so.
  • Manchester City have not won any of their eight Premier League games against the top five this season, drawing three and losing five.
  • Arsenal scored with their only two shots on target.
  • Oliver Giroud scored his first goal in his past 16 Premier League appearances.
  • Giroud now has 18 headed goals in the Premier League, more than any other player since the Frenchman made his debut (August 2012).


Man City

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Hart
  • 3Sagna
  • 30OtamendiBooked at 90mins
  • 20Mangala
  • 22Clichy
  • 15NavasSubstituted forBonyat 79'minutes
  • 25FernandinhoBooked at 90mins
  • 6RegesSubstituted forY Touréat 79'minutes
  • 17De Bruyne
  • 72IheanachoSubstituted forSterlingat 71'minutes
  • 10Agüero


  • 7Sterling
  • 13Caballero
  • 14Bony
  • 18Delph
  • 26Demichelis
  • 42Y Touré
  • 69Angelino


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 33Cech
  • 24Bellerín
  • 5GabrielBooked at 71mins
  • 6Koscielny
  • 18Monreal
  • 35ElnenySubstituted forCoquelinat 76'minutes
  • 16Ramsey
  • 17Sánchez
  • 45IwobiSubstituted forWalcottat 59'minutes
  • 23WelbeckSubstituted forWilshereat 24'minutes
  • 12Giroud


  • 3Gibbs
  • 10Wilshere
  • 13Ospina
  • 14Walcott
  • 19Cazorla
  • 28Campbell
  • 34Coquelin
Anthony Taylor

Match Stats

Home TeamMan CityAway TeamArsenal
Shots on Target

Live Text

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    Match ends, Manchester City 2, Arsenal 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Manchester City 2, Arsenal 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Fernandinho (Manchester City).

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    Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Booking

    Fernandinho (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Fernandinho (Manchester City).

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    Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Booking

    Nicolás Otamendi (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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    Foul by Nicolás Otamendi (Manchester City).

  10. Post update

    Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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    Attempt missed. Wilfried Bony (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Gaël Clichy with a cross.

  12. Post update

    Wilfried Bony (Manchester City) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Bacary Sagna with a cross.

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    Offside, Arsenal. Alexis Sánchez tries a through ball, but Laurent Koscielny is caught offside.

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    Foul by Fernandinho (Manchester City).

  15. Post update

    Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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    Fernandinho (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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    Foul by Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal).

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    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Jack Wilshere.

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    Nicolás Otamendi (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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    Foul by Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal).

As It Stood

4Man City371981070403065
5Man Utd36189944311363
7West Ham361514761471459
14Crystal Palace37119173847-942
15West Brom371012153347-1442
20Aston Villa3738262772-4517
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