It was a game that should have been a title decider but turned out to be a top four battle. Neither team could really afford to lose and both needed wins to finish in the top four and go into the Champions League next season.
Man City in particular had rivals Man United only a point behind them and with Guardiola coming next year they perhaps needed a win more than us. We on the other hand were trying to cement a top three finish which avoids the dreaded play off.
Wenger made two forced changes to the side that beat Norwich last weekend with Gabriel and goalscorer Welbeck coming in for the injured Mertesacker and Özil.
The game started with a lot of intensity with City showing more of it. They took only 8 minutes to open the scoring with Aguero getting another goal to his name this season. If only we had a striker like him who guarantees you at least 20-25 goals a season. We are in fact the only team in the top four not to have one with Kane and Vardy the two top scorers.
Having said all of this it only took us two minutes to get back into the game and it was our striker who scored. It came after a mix up between ex Arsenal defender Clichy and Hart which nearly ended in an own goal as Clichy headed it onto his own post and it went out for a corner.
From the corner Giroud did what he does best to find the back of the net with his head. He is our top scorer in the league with 13 goals but is this enough? It was his first goal for a while but in his defence he has come off the bench a lot of times and he has lacked confidence as a result.
The game calmed down a bit after that with some half chances but it stayed level until half time. We did have some bad news though as Welbeck who has been good for us had to come off due to injury and he will now be a doubt for the Euros. He was replaced by the king of injuries in Wilshere though and it is great to see him back.
You could tell that we missed Özil a lot with us not creating chances and we only had one effort on goal (which was our goal) before half time.
The second half was similar to the first in that City started the strongest and went into the lead again after just over 5 minutes. It was their other star player in De Bruyne who scored it and we just can’t let these players have any space or time. With this goal in particular someone had to tackle him or stop him as he just ran through from about the half way line and took the shot.
Man City could have then killed off the game but missed their chances and we were allowed back into it. The introduction of Walcott was actually a good one for us as he showed some quality that he has missed recently and gave the other players some belief. He could have even scored himself but showed that he is still lacking in confidence.
We got the equaliser soon after as Man City’s players looked tired in the midfield which could have been because they played against Real Madrid in midweek and we took full advantage of this. It was a well worked goal as Giroud set up Alexis Sanchez brilliantly before the Chilean slot it in past Hart with a good finish.
City then really went for it as they needed to and came close with chances from De Bruyne and Aguero before substitute Bony hit the bar near the end. We managed to hold on though to get a draw and we showed great character to come from behind twice.
The result means that we are still 3 points above City with one game left and City are only two points above United with the latter having a game in hand tomorrow.
So City are in real trouble now of missing out on the top four but I think it should come to the last game where they can still do it. As for us we I think we will finish third with a home game against bottom side and relegated Villa next weekend on the last day.
There is also still a slight chance of finishing above rivals Spurs who lost against Southampton and they face Newcastle who might be fighting for their lives. So hopefully they will lose and if we win we will go above them and that would be so funny as they have had their best season ever and we have been disappointing. Will we do it?
Lastly, congratulations to Leicester who lifted the trophy and I still can’t believe it. They have shown anything is possible and given other smaller teams hope for the future.
What will happen on the last day? Who will win the league next season?