- 1-1 after 10 minutes
- Giroud with goal, assist
- De Bruyne with equalizer
- Arsenal 3rd, City 4th
Olivier Giroud scored and set up Alexis Sanchez for another as Arsenal edged to within two points of second place Tottenham with a 2-2 draw at Manchester City on Sunday.
Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne scored for City, which no longer controls its own Top Four destiny. Manchester United have a match in hand.
Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck left the game with a scary-looking knee injury after landing awkwardly after a 50-50 ball.
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De Bruyne sent in a sweeping free kick in the fourth minute that Petr Cech gathered off the bounce, and Sergio Aguero played a tempting ball through the six later which found no finisher.
Man City carried the play in the first 10 minutes, living in the Arsenal end. Aguero was the one who broke through, moving to lash a left-footed shot past a diving Cech.
Moments later, Gael Clichy nearly put Arsenal level, and yes he still plays for City. An attempted pass back eluded Joe Hart only to tip off the far post, but Giroud made it happen with a header of his own off the ensuing corner.
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18 – Since his debut, Olivier Giroud has scored more headed goals in the Premier League than any other player. Threat.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 8, 2016
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De Bruyne put the hosts ahead inside the near post when Gabriel gave him time to work his way to his right foot on a 30-yard run, and boom. He’s too good with that much room, and Cech missed with his dive.
Arsenal woke up to equalize, and who else but Alexis? The attacker had been knocking at the door all day, and a quick flick from Giroud gave the Chilean all he needed to make it 2-2.
De Bruyne had a free kick from the edge of the 18 moments later, but Cech popped the hard shot over the net for a corner kick.
Oh, there was plenty of reason to expect a winner to come from either side, including Wilfried Bony‘s shot slapping the crossbar above Cech in the 88th minute. But a winner didn’t come for either side.