ARSENAL HELD TO A DRAW AT THE EMIRATES AS GUARDIOLA’S TITLE ASPIRATIONS WANES

By Toyin Akiode

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Arsenal and Manchester City shared the spoils after drawing 2-2 at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday as the Gunners twice came back from behind to earn their first Premier League point since beating Hull City in mid-February against Pep Guardiola’s Citizens.

Theo Walcott cancelled out Leroy Sane’s breakthrough in the 40th minute before Sergio Aguero responded quickly to put City ahead before the break, and Shkodran Mustafi scored the only goal of the second half to rescue a point for the hosts.

That result meant City and Arsenal remained fourth and sixth in the standings, respectively, an outcome neither team will have been content with, especially after manager Pep Guardiola’s men let their lead slip on two occasions.

Sunday’s other Premier League clash saw Middlesbrough snatch a point in their trip to the Liberty Stadium, where Swansea City were unable to break the deadlock and drew 0-0 despite the home side’s best efforts to make an incision.

Recap

Arsene Wenger’s reign as Arsenal manager endured another worrying turn on Sunday as his Arsenal side looked fortunate to take a point from their guests, who controlled long bouts of the Premier League showdown.

Sane shrugged off Hector Bellerin’s mark in the fifth minute to hand Arsenal a nightmarish start to proceedings, but Walcott improved his sterling record against City with a well-taken after beating City’s offside trap, per Sky Sports

The Gunners’ celebrations were still going on when Kevin De Bruyne’s pressure opened up space inside the Arsenal area for Aguero, however, and the Argentinian converted low inside David Ospina’’s far post to make it 1- 2.:

Whatever Wenger said to his players at the break appeared to work as Mustafi showed great hunger to connect with a Mesut Ozil corner after 52 minutes, nodding inside Willy Caballero’s right post to level once again.

That proved to be it as far as goals were concerned in a match that exhibited some awful defending at times, although it was perhaps Arsenal’s mistakes at the back that will be remembered as the most incriminating:

In the battle to avoid relegation, Swansea were muted by Middlesbrough in south Wales on Sunday in a game that—despite boasting a combined 23 shots at goal between both teams, the game was devoid of much in terms of finishing finesse.

Injecting pace into their attack has been a chief concern for Boro this season, although former Barcelona B winger Adama Traore showed once more he could be the man to hand them that edge.

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In the matches played on Saturday, Chelsea had suffered a shocking defeat to Sam Allardyce inspired Crystal Place while Manchester United tried in vain to get maximum points from stubborn Baggies at Old Trafford.

Tottenham continued their rich vein of form in an efficient manner against Burnley at Tuff Moor thereby reducing catch up deficit against Chelsea from 10 to seven points.

Liverpool scored three awesome goals to continue their mastery of the Merseyside derby over Everton. Sadio Mane, Coutinho and Origi’s goals were all made from Hollywood. Debutant,

Pennington had cancelled out Mane’s brilliant individual effort to offer hope to the throng of Evertonians at Anfield. But Jurgen Klopp’s side ignored the presence of 007 to claim all honours.

Craig Shakespeare wrote his name into the history books to become the first English manager to win his first four Premier League matches.

Nigeria’s Ndidi Wilfred produced a blaster to set the ball rolling against Stoke City before Jamie Vardy settled matter with a crisp volley to confirm the Foxes new found dominance.

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