Published on May 9th, 2016 | by Daniel Cheeseman0
Manchester City 2-2 Arsenal – Report & Ratings
City could miss out on Champions League football next season to neighbours United after Arsenal fought back to draw at the Etihad Stadium
Strikes from Sergio Aguero and Kevin de Bruyne twice gave City the lead in Manuel Pellegrini’s farewell home game in Manchester, but it wasn’t enough on the day as Arsenal ground out a draw to maintain their 3 point gap from the Blues.
Arsenal’s defiant display now means that they need just a point against Aston Villa to clinch their top-four place, while new boss Pep Guardiola could take charge of a side outside of European football’s elite club competition.
Louis van Gaal’s United, currently fifth, two points behind City with a game in hand, will finish above the Blues if they win at West Ham and at home to Bournemouth, regardless of how Pellegrini’s side do at Swansea on the final day.
FT: City 2-2 Arsenal
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Joe Hart – 6
Hardly had anything to do, but wasn’t offered much support for both goals.
Bacary Sagna – 6
Has been disappointing in the attacking department recently, held off Sanchez pretty well but let him cut inside too often.
Nicolas Otamendi – 6
Again, the Argentinian can’t resist the temptation to go to ground when tackling – which doesn’t always work, had a fairly quiet afternoon.
Eliaquim Mangala – 6
Left Olivier Giroud completely unmarked for Arsenal’s first goal, otherwise had an OK game.
Gael Clichy – 7
Put in a good shift on the left hand side and was often the driving force when City broke away, occasionally lost focus.
Fernando – 8
Was City’s best player for large portions of the game – he broke up play well, regularly counter-attacked and generally looked up for it.
Fernandinho – 8
Formed a great combo with Aguero for City’s first goal and was constantly picking out positive passes in midfield.
Jesus Navas – 6
Didn’t stop running on the right hand side but had no end product.
Kevin De Bruyne – 8
Scored a great solo goal to put City in the lead again, looked more of a threat once moved into the middle.
Kelechi Iheanacho – 5
Just wasn’t his game, made poor decisions far too often and gave the ball away cheaply throughout the match.
Sergio Aguero – 8
Was virtually unstoppable for the opening half an hour of the game, faded away a bit in the second half but was always a threat.
Raheem Sterling – 5
Needed speed and commitment when he came on – but got neither, summed up his season.
Wilfried Bony – 6
Hit the bar late on but didn’t do much else.
Yaya Toure – 6
Not the impact player he once was, tried to conjure up a goal but the Gunners were too sharp.