Manchester City missed the chance to move to the top of the Premier League as Arsenal fought back to earn a deserved point at Emirates Stadium.

After Chelsea's 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace, City knew victory at Arsenal would see them overhaul Jose Mourinho's side on goal difference and still have two games in hand.

Analysis

"You could see the frustration - on both sides - at the final whistle.

"Arsene Wenger will be slightly happier than Manuel Pellegrini after his team came back from behind and showed real spirit in the second half. And Arsenal may feel they had the possession and chances to win it. It was City's first half, but Arsenal's second.

"Liverpool might be the big winners today - without kicking a ball."

They looked on course to achieve that when David Silva gave them an early lead, but Arsenal showed great resilience and commitment to claim a draw through Mathieu Flamini's 53rd-minute equaliser.

Neither side could fashion a second goal, leaving Liverpool as the big winners of a dramatic day. They will go top if they gain at least a point against Tottenham at Anfield on Sunday.

City were unable to repeat the impressive performance that brought them a 3-0 win at Manchester United on Tuesday - but great credit should go to Arsene Wenger's side for the manner in which they overcame an early setback to keep their own top-four hopes on track and stay in touch with the leaders.

As they did at Old Trafford, City exerted their authority from the kick-off though this time they had to wait 18 minutes before they made their superiority count with a goal.

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City were causing major problems down Arsenal's left flank, where Lukas Podolski was affording Kieran Gibbs little or no protection. The German was the culprit, conceding possession to Yaya Toure and when Edin Dzeko's shot hit the post, Silva was on hand to bundle home the loose ball.

Arsenal, who collapsed in such abject fashion in the 6-0 defeat at Chelsea, showed plenty of resolve this time although they were unable to test Joe Hart, with Olivier Giroud demonstrating a hint of desperation with a speculative effort from the halfway line.

City had not driven home their advantage and were punished eight minutes after half-time - seconds after they were inches away from doubling their lead.

Jesus Navas's cross was touched out by Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny, only to rebound off Per Mertesacker and roll inches wide.

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Arsenal capitalised on their reprieve and were level moments later when Flamini timed his arrival in the penalty box perfectly to sweep Podolski's delivery out of the reach of Hart.

Podolski then had an opportunity to turn the game on its head completely but his shot was blocked by Hart's legs when it seemed certain he would put the hosts ahead.

Both teams needed the win and it took some frantic Arsenal defending to block Dzeko and Toure when they found space in the area.

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Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Arsenal

  • 01 Szczesny
  • 03 Sagna
  • 28 Gibbs
  • 20 Flamini
  • 04 Mertesacker
  • 05 Vermaelen
  • 19 Cazorla
  • 08 Arteta
  • 12 Giroud (Sanogo - 85' )
  • 07 Rosicky Booked
  • 09 Podolski (Oxlade-Chamberlain - 79' )

Substitutes

  • 15 Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 21 Fabianski
  • 22 Sanogo
  • 25 Jenkinson
  • 29 Källström
  • 40 Bellerín
  • 44 Gnabry

Manchester City

  • 01 Hart
  • 05 Zabaleta
  • 22 Clichy
  • 25 Fernandinho
  • 04 Kompany Booked
  • 26 Demichelis
  • 15 Jesús Navas (Milner - 64' )
  • 42 Y Touré Booked
  • 10 Dzeko (Negredo - 85' )
  • 21 Silva Booked
  • 08 Nasri (Javi García - 81' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 06 Lescott
  • 07 Milner
  • 09 Negredo
  • 13 Kolarov
  • 14 Javi García
  • 30 Pantilimon
  • 35 Jovetic
Ref: Mike Dean
Att: 60,060

Match Stats

Shots

9 15

On target

3 4

Corners

6 6

Fouls

8 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Arsenal 1, Manchester City 1.

90:00 +3:05 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Arsenal 1, Manchester City 1.

90:00 +2:18

Attempt missed. Álvaro Negredo (Manchester City) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the left. Assisted by Vincent Kompany.

90:00 +1:27

Attempt missed. Fernandinho (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Álvaro Negredo.

90:00 +1:03

Attempt missed. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.

90:00 +0:37

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by James Milner.

88:35 Booking

Booking Javi García (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

88:30

Foul by Javi García (Manchester City).

88:30

Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

88:24

Foul by James Milner (Manchester City).

88:24

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

85:44

David Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

85:44

Foul by Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal).

84:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Yaya Sanogo replaces Olivier Giroud.

84:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester City. Álvaro Negredo replaces Edin Dzeko.

83:22

Hand ball by Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City).

80:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester City. Javi García replaces Samir Nasri.

79:35

Foul by James Milner (Manchester City).

79:35

Bacary Sagna (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaces Lukas Podolski.

77:38

Attempt missed. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tomas Rosicky.

76:39

David Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

76:39

Foul by Per Mertesacker (Arsenal).

74:52

Attempt missed. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by James Milner with a cross following a corner.

74:27

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Mikel Arteta.

74:25

Attempt blocked. Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

74:21

Attempt saved. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Edin Dzeko.

73:03

David Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

73:03

Foul by Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal).

71:31

Attempt missed. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla with a cross following a set piece situation.

70:55

Foul by Gaël Clichy (Manchester City).

70:55

Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

70:05

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Kieran Gibbs.

69:44

Samir Nasri (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

69:44

Foul by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal).

68:12

Foul by James Milner (Manchester City).

68:12

Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:58

Attempt missed. David Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

65:25

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Kieran Gibbs.

63:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester City. James Milner replaces Jesús Navas.

63:28

Attempt missed. Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is too high. Assisted by Mikel Arteta.

62:34

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Wojciech Szczesny.

62:32

Attempt missed. Fernandinho (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

61:48

Attempt blocked. David Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Samir Nasri.

60:47

Jesús Navas (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

60:47

Foul by Lukas Podolski (Arsenal).

60:09

Attempt blocked. Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla with a cross.

59:43

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Joe Hart.

59:39

Attempt saved. Lukas Podolski (Arsenal) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

57:49

Foul by Fernandinho (Manchester City).

57:49

Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

55:40

Foul by Edin Dzeko (Manchester City).

55:40

Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:47

Jesús Navas (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

54:47

Foul by Lukas Podolski (Arsenal).

53:34

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Jesús Navas.

52:09 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Arsenal 1, Manchester City 1. Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lukas Podolski with a cross.

51:38

Attempt saved. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tomas Rosicky.

49:54

Attempt missed. Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla.

45:48

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Jesús Navas.

45:00

Second Half begins Arsenal 0, Manchester City 1.

45:00 +2:12 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Arsenal 0, Manchester City 1.

45:00 +0:12 Booking

Booking David Silva (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

44:56

Foul by David Silva (Manchester City).

44:56

Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:06

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

41:51

Delay in match Gaël Clichy (Manchester City) because of an injury.

41:45 Booking

Booking Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

41:12

Gaël Clichy (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:12

Foul by Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal).

35:18

Offside, Arsenal. Bacary Sagna tries a through ball, but Thomas Vermaelen is caught offside.

34:42

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Martín Demichelis.

32:55 Booking

Booking Vincent Kompany (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card.

30:14 Booking

Booking Yaya Touré (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

30:08

Foul by Yaya Touré (Manchester City).

30:08

Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

29:26

Attempt saved. Samir Nasri (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

27:38

Foul by Samir Nasri (Manchester City).

27:38

Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:53

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Mikel Arteta.

26:49

Attempt blocked. Fernandinho (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David Silva.

21:50

Attempt missed. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left. Assisted by Mikel Arteta with a headed pass.

21:11

Offside, Arsenal. Lukas Podolski tries a through ball, but Mathieu Flamini is caught offside.

19:39

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Kieran Gibbs.

17:42 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Arsenal 0, Manchester City 1. David Silva (Manchester City) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner following a fast break.

17:35

Attempt saved. Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by David Silva.

16:45

Attempt blocked. Samir Nasri (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gaël Clichy.

9:43

Attempt missed. Jesús Navas (Manchester City) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is high and wide to the right. Assisted by David Silva.

9:06

Fernandinho (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:06

Foul by Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal).

3:20

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Martín Demichelis.

2:16

Attempt missed. Jesús Navas (Manchester City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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