Manchester City 2-2 Arsenal: Sanchez deals City blow in Champions League race

first_imgAlexis Sanchez’s equaliser for Arsenal against Manchester City gave Manchester United a huge boost in their pursuit of Champions League football for next season.  The hosts exploded into life from the start with Sergio Aguero opening the scoring before Olivier Giroud levelled the scores inside the opening ten minutes.Kevin De Bruyne scored an exquisite goal to reclaim the lead after the break but again Arsenal hit back through Sanchez.The result means that rivals Manchester United have the chance to go into the final game of the season above City if they win their game in hand over West Ham on Tuesday night.Despite Arsenal having the opportunity to draw level on points with Tottenham, it was City who started the strongest and dominated the opening exchanges.And the pressure told after only seven minutes when Aguero picked up the ball from Fernandinho’s header on the edge of the area before firing a low left-footed shot into the bottom corner.It was the Argentine’s 29th goal of the season and meant he had now scored in each of his last six Premier League games.However, Arsenal hit straight back when Gael Clichy’s wayward header gave the Gunners a cheap corner which Giroud thumped home to end his goalscoring drought.England boss Roy Hodgson would have been worried to see Danny Welbeck limp off with a knee injury but pleased to see Jack Wilshere complete 70 minutes ahead of his Euro 2016 squad announcement next week.City retook the lead through a delightfully mazy De Bruyne run through the heart of the Gunners defence before firing a low shot past Petr Cech into the bottom corner.But again the Gunners hit back as Sanchez burst through the midfield, played a fantastic one-two Giroud on the edge of the area, before slotting the ball past a helpless Joe Hart with just over 20 minutes remaining.Substitute Wilfried Bony rattled the crossbar with a thunderous volley with two minutes remaining but the draw was a fair result in the end meaning Arsenal have all but confirmed their place in the Champions League next season. It was Olivier Giroud’s first goal in 16 games 1last_img read more