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Arsenal hold Man City to a draw at the Emirates

Arsenal and Manchester City finished 1-1 at the Emirates.
Arsenal and Manchester City finished 1-1 at the Emirates.
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Manchester City’s chance to go top of the league was denied at the Emirates as Arsenal battled to a 1-1 draw.

Chelsea, who lost earlier in the day at Crystal Palace, presented the Citizens with a golden opportunity to take the top spot on goal difference where they hold a sizable advantage. However, City can take solace in the fact that they’ve got two games in hand relative to Chelsea, and one to Liverpool who sit in second.

David Silva opened the game’s account in the 18th minute after Edin Dzeko hit the post. In nearly a mirror image of the type of goal City opened the game against Manchester United on Tuesday, it was a man in blue that was there to pounce on the rebound.

Though Arsenal continued to have much of the football, it looked like Manuel Pellegrini’s side was the most likely to score with a dangerous looking counterattack style.

Arsenal got to the halftime whistle down by just one, and manager Arsene Wenger was able to make a few changes.

Finally, Mathieu Flamini, who was the victim of a terrible own goal the last time out, scored on 53 minutes. At that point, Arsenal really came alive.

The Gunners put several dangerous crosses into the box, but there just was nobody to get on the end of them.

Pellegrini brought on Javi Garcia and James Milner in favor of Samir Nasri and Jesus Navas, respectively, signaling a more defensive approach.

In the end, neither side was able to break the deadlock, and it would finish even at one.

Arsenal fans, though, showed their appreciation afterwards to a team that so often has capitulated in similar circumstances. This time, the hosts showed a real sense of determination to battle back after a very challenging few weeks.