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Manchester City vs Arsenal, 2016 Premier League: Final Score 2-2 as City get painful draw

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Manchester City's season is in serious danger after a tough 2-2 draw with Arsenal at Etihad Stadium, with goals from Sergio Agüero and Kevin De Bruyne for City, with Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sánchez scoring for Arsenal. A tough match mostly dominated by the Citizens ended with a great result for the Gunners, but puts City's season in jeopardy as the Sky Blues could be out of the Champions League after this Sunday's result.


From the very first minute, the Citizens were the better team and pinned Arsenal close to their own box, pressuring the visitors and creating chances. It didn't take long for their pressure to work, and after just eight minutes, Agüero showed his talents and shook off Mohamed Elneny before putting City ahead with a great shot.

Just one minute later, however, a corner-kick found the Giroud's head, and the Frenchman scored for the first time in four months to equalize. Upon conceding, City went back to dominating the actions, but were unable to turn their possession into good scoring chances, apart from a shot from Agüero that was deflected off Gabriel.

At halftime, a tough match, and the need of scoring for the Citizens.


City's goal came quickly after a genius move by Kevin De Bruyne, who made a great run in the middle and found the net with a grounded shot that beat Petr Cech. The Citizens looked set to run away with the score, but the introduction of Theo Walcott changed the game. The Arsenal winger added pace and danger to the Gunner attack, and the visitors found a second goal with their star man, Alexis Sánchez.

The goal added urgency to City and forced the Sky Blues into attacking, and they had three great chances. First, De Bruyne played a great free-kick that Cech stopped; the Belgian then found Agüero, who nearly scored with a beautiful shot that went just wide of the post. With two minutes to go, Wilfried Bony had a chance to win the game, but hit the crossbar.

In the end, a painful result, and if Manchester United win their final two games, Sunday's draw can lead to City missing out on next season's Champions League.

Man City: Hart | Sagna, Otamendi, Mangala, Clichy | Fernando (Touré), Fernandinho | Navas (Bony), De Bruyne | Iheanacho (Sterling), Agüero

Goals: Agüero (8'), De Bruyne (51')

Arsenal: Cech | Bellerín, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal | Ramsey, Elneny (Coquelin) | Iwobi (Walcott), Sánchez, Welbeck (Wilshere | Giroud

Goals: Giroud (10'), Sánchez (68')