Arsenal prevents Man City going top with 1-1 draw

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 29, 2014 at 3:44 pm •  Published: March 29, 2014
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LONDON (AP) — Arsenal prevented Manchester City from going top of the Premier League on Saturday while keeping up its own pursuit of the title with a spirited fightback to draw 1-1 on Saturday.

Mathieu Flamini's second-half equalizer for Arsenal ensured Chelsea remains at the summit despite a shock 1-0 loss at Crystal Palace before the clash of the title challengers at the Emirates Stadium.

With Arsenal still reeling from a demoralizing 6-0 loss at Chelsea and a late collapse to draw with Swansea in midweek, another setback beckoned when David Silva completed a counter-attack to put third-place City in front in the 18th minute.

But conceding early made Arsenal more assertive and Flamini turned Lukas Podolski's cross into the net to level eight minutes into the second half.

"We were a bit nervy at the start, insecure in our attitude by our last two results but when we were 1-0 down you could see the team was ready for a fight," Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said.

"We have gone through a nightmare last week and of course you could see with the 2-2 against Swansea the team was on the floor and hugely disappointed, but despite that we responded very well today."

Nerves, though, seem to inflict this Arsenal squad too regularly, leaving the squad fourth but now five points behind Chelsea.

"Maybe it is very difficult to explain mental insecurity," Wenger said.

But it could determine which team emerges victorious in May. Although City is two points behind Chelsea in third behind Liverpool, it has two games in hand on the London club.

"It's a good point because we played two games away this week against Manchester United and against Arsenal and to get four points from six against two big teams is not bad," City manager Manuel Pellegrini said.