Arsenal 1 Manchester City 1 – Gunners pave way for Liverpool title chance
City failed to take full advantage of Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat at Selhurst Park, with Mathieu Flamini cancelling out David Silva’s early opener
March 29th, 2014
Liverpool have a chance to go top of the Premier League on Sunday after both their title rivals slipped up on Saturday, with Chelsea losing against Crystal Palace before Manchester City were held to a 1-1 draw at the Emirates.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side had made short work of Manchester United at Old Trafford on Tuesday night, although they didn’t have things their own way on Saturday evening and Arsenal were just about value for their point which boosts their chances of qualifying for the Champions League next term.
City were fast out of the traps, with Jesus Navas looking menacing down the right wing and David Silva bossing the midfield. It was the latter who was to break the deadlock in the 18th minute when racing through and feeding Edin Dzeko only to find the ball clip the post and into his path where he could barely miss.
However, the floodgates didn’t open and Arsenal responded well to going a goal down, showing plenty of fight and they were to get their reward in the 54th minute through an unlikely source.
Mathieu Flamini had been the unfortunate scorer of an own goal against Swansea on Tuesday night although the midfielder made amends when steering home a shot from eight yards out after Cazorla’s free-kick had only been cleared as far as Podolski.
Both teams had chances to win the game although it was Arsenal who finished the most strongly, with Cazorla continuing to boss the midfield until the final whistle.
Arsene Wenger’s side might be out of the title race although they produced a spirited performance which will have been appreciated on Merseyside considering Liverpool have a chance to go top on Sunday.