Manchester City vs Arsenal match review

oliver-giroud-arsenal-premier-league_3462941Giroud ended his goal drought at the Etihad/ The Guardian

Manuel Pellegrini’s reign ended with boos at the end of his final home game after Arsenal fought back twice to deny Manchester City three vital points.

Manchester City’s Champions League hopes are now hanging by a thread after goals from Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez earned Arsenal a well deserved point at the Etihad on Sunday. Pep Guardiola could now take charge of Manchester City and miss out on Champions League football – competing in the Europa League instead.

olivier-giroud-arsenal-manchester-city_3462886.jpgGirouds Goal/ The Guardian

Arsenal need one point from already relegated Aston Villa at the Emirates next Sunday in order to qualify for the group stages of the Champions League. A draw/win next weekend could mean a 20th successive season of Champions League qualifications for Arsene Wenger, who may also overhaul rivals Tottenham.

Sergio Aguero gave City an early lead in the 8th minute at the Etihad after he struck Fernanindho’s downward header past Petr Cech. But the Gunners immediately equalised when Olivier Giroud’s powerful header flew past Joe Hart and ended his 14 match goal drought.

Just minutes after the second half begun, Kevin De Bruyne gave City the lead again when the Belgium International’s solo crisp goal ended up in the back of Cechs net.

UnknownDe Bruyne Celebrates his goal/ The Guardian

Arsenal were rampant and determined to battle with City, when Sanchez’s powerful shot hit the back of Harts net in front of disheartened City fans.

sanchez1.jpgSanchez Celebrates his goal/ The Guardian

A difficult farewell for Manuel Pellegrini as his side are now left wondering how they are fighting for a Champions League place instead of lifting the Premier League trophy. But a positive ending for the Gunners who are guaranteed Champions League football next year and could still finish above North London rivals Tottenham.

mpManuel Pellegrini waves goodbye/ The Guardian

Player Ratings 

Cech (7), Bellerin (6), Gabriel (5), Koscielny (6), Monreal (6), Ramsey (5), Elneny (7), Sanchez (7), Welbeck (6) Iwobi (6), Giroud (7)

Substitutions

Wilshere (6), Walcott (6), Coquelin (6)

My Man of the Match

Alexis Sanchez

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