Arsenal kept their slim hopes of making it to the top-four alive by playing out an entertaining 2-2 stalemate against Manchester City at home.
With pressure piling on Arsene Wenger after a poor runs of games in last few months, the Gunners needed to start strongly against Pep Guardiola’s men. However, it was the visitors who began brightly and took the lead after only five minutes when Leroy Sane found the back of the net from a Kevin De Bruyne pass. City nearly doubled their lead inside ten minutes but De Bruyne’s effort from the edge of the box hit the post before David Ospina made a good stop to deny David Silva from the rebound.
The home team slowly began to control the possession but they were finding it tough to build any dangerous attack from it. But Theo Walcott hit the equaliser with five minutes remaining in the first half. However, the parity lasted for only a couple of minutes as Sergio Aguero capitalised on a defensive error from the home team to restore City’s one-goal lead.
The visitors began the second-half in dominant fashion too and could have given themselves a 3-1 cushion soon but an unmarked Aguero sent his headed effort wide of the post. City ha to pay for that missed chance when Arsenal levelled for a second time after 53 minutes when Shkodran Mustafi was left alone in the area to head an Mesut Ozil corner.
As the game progressed, both the teams were looking to settle for a point. But City went the closest to take away all the three points as Aguero headed wide on the 90 minute mark. City also appealed strongly for a late penalty when they felt Nacho Monreal had handled inside the area under pressure from Navas but the referee waved those requests away and the game ended on 2-2.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the match:
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— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) April 2, 2017
Don't worry Arsenal fans, Once you cash in them 15+ points Peter Cech guarantees you every season, you'll be right back in the title race…
— manutd6th (@manutd53) April 2, 2017
If Pep fixes that back 4 this summer City will be so dangerous. If Arsene fixes that 11 this summer – who are we kidding #ARSMCI
— René Mehta (@renemehta) April 2, 2017
Arsenal can't defend, United can't score. The battle for 6th 🤐
— Jose 'Judas' fan (@SemperFiUnited) April 2, 2017
Otamendi, who cost £50m, just gifts Ozil a chance. Luckily for him, Mesut Ozil is now a translucent being without any physical conviction.
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) April 2, 2017
Being an Arsenal fan is like repeatedly punching yourself in the face for 90 minutes straight every weekend
— Archie Vary (@rchvry) April 2, 2017
Congratulations to Arsenal who lasted a heroic FIVE minutes before conceding to Manchester City. A valiant effort by all involved.
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) April 2, 2017
Never wanted a player to leave Arsenal more than Francis Coquelin. Slides around like he's at a kids party for 90 minutes. Awful.
— _ (@Classorla) April 2, 2017
Reminder that this Arsenal team contains the fourth most expensive defender and fourth most expensive central midfielder of all time.
— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) April 2, 2017
5 – Number of minutes it took for Arsenal to make their fans hope there was another international break coming up. Holiday.
— OptaJoke (@OptaJoke) April 2, 2017
No nerves, no excitement, no buzz. How times change @Arsenal
— Frassino Giuseppe (@LordSimons_91) April 2, 2017
Arsene Wenger & Arsenal have never recovered since David Devin left the club he was the mastermind for transfers now we sign kids
— Jonathan Giles (@Gilesy09) April 2, 2017
Mustafi: even worse
Coquelin: no words needed
— JP (@swe_gooner) April 2, 2017
Bellerin has been looking (and playing) like Bendtner since he grew that hair 😓 #AFCvMCFC
— Pranav Kothiwal (@pranavkothiwal) April 2, 2017
Bellerin is the most overhyped player in the premier league #ARSMCI
— Charlie Taylor (@CharlieT_16) April 2, 2017