Arsenal looked jaded throughout the first half and their best chance to harm City came in the shape of a penalty appeal when Pablo Zabaleta appeared to trip Tomas Rosicky. But replays suggest Rosicky was looking for it, validating referee Mike Dean’s decision not to award anything.
City were inspired by the magic feet of Silva throughout and it was no surprise when he popped up to score the opener. The Spaniard started the move with a perfectly-weighted pass to Edin Dzeko, whose shot rebounded back off the post and straight to Silva to tap in.
City’s performance level dropped in the second half as Arsenal raised theirs, and it wasn’t long before the Gunners were level courtesy of an unlikely source. Lukas Podolski’s cross found Mathieu Flamini, who took full advantage after Fernandinho’s slip to stroke in the leveller.
Chances came and went for both sides, but City held on for a point that keeps them third, two points behind leaders Chelsea with two games in hand.
11’ PENALTY CLAIM – Arsenal claim a penalty but it appears to be a crafty attempt by Rosicky to fool referee Mike Dean by tripping over Zabaleta’s foot. The Argentine had pulled out of the challenge and Dean has got that one spot on.
17’ GOAL! Arsenal 0-1 Manchester City – This is all about Silva. The Spaniard’s perfectly weighted pass finds Dzeko, whose shot hits the post and Silva reacts first to tap in the rebound.
53’ GOAL! Arsenal 1-1 Manchester City – Flamini scores for Arsenal with a first-time finish from 12 yards after Fernandinho’s slip provided the Frenchman with the opening.
61’ ARSENAL CHANCE – Podolski is sent clean through but can only find the side netting as he opts for precision over power.
75’ CITY CHANCE – Somehow Arsenal survive as Dzeko rounds Szczesny but cannot get a shot away. Yaya Toure has a go but Arsenal get players back to clear.
There have now been just six goals scored in the last six meetings in all competitions between Arsenal and Man City at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal have now won just three of their last ten Premier League games (W3 D4 L3), this after a run of five successive victories beforehand.
Flamini’s goal ended a run of 561 minutes without conceding in the PL for Man City – their previous goal conceded was Branislav Ivanovic’s 32nd minute winner in their 1-0 PL home defeat v Chelsea on February 3.
Arsenal scored their milestone 1,000th Premier League goal in London, making them the first team to score 1,000 PL goals in a city.
Was this a huge chance for City to assume control of title race? Had they gone on to take full advantage of their first half dominance and beaten Arsenal, it would have been difficult to see anyone getting past them. But the draw still gives Chelsea and Liverpool a glimmer of hope and City’s showdown with Liverpool at Anfield in two weeks will be crucial.
MAN OF THE MATCH
David Silva (Manchester City) – Scorer of City’s goal and offered a key attacking option throughout. Orchestrated every City attack and Arsenal never got to grips with him.
ARSENAL: Szczesny 6, Sagna 6, Mertesacker 7, Vermaelen 7, Gibbs 7, Arteta 6, Rosicky 7, Flamini 7, Cazorla 7, Podolski 7, Giroud 6. Subs: Oxlade-Chamberlain 7, Sanogo N/A
MANCHESTER CITY: Hart 7, Zabaleta 7, Kompany 8, Demichelis 7, Clichy 7, Fernandinho 6, Yaya Toure 7, Navas 6, Nasri 7, Silva 9, Dzeko 7. Subs: Milner 6, Garcia 6, Negredo N/A
THE MATCH IN A TWEET
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- Mathieu Flamini