Manchester City 1-1 Arsenal – Match Review
The Frenchman’s equaliser maintained the Gunners’ unbeaten start to the season and left Roberto Mancini frustrated after City drew for the third time in five games despite taking the lead through Joleon Lescott.
Arsene Wenger will be the happier of the two managers as his side turned in an accomplished display to come from behind and earn a share of the spoils against the Premier League champions.
City, on the other hand, appeared deflated after their Champions League defeat to Real Madrid in midweek and should have been behind as the visitors, powered by the excellent Santi Cazorla, clicked straight into gear. The Spaniard twice tested Joe Hart with strikes from distance, while Gervinho shot into the side netting before the home side finally sparked into life.
Sergio Aguero brought a save out of Vito Mannone with a low effort before a tactical reshuffle from Mancini, that involved switching Scott Sinclair to the right wing, turned the tide in City’s favour as they took the lead with five minutes left of the half courtesy of Lescott’s header from David Silva’s corner.
Edin Dzeko then came close to doubling the advantage just before the break but saw Mannone tip his effort over the crossbar before Arsenal sprang back into life after the restart. Cazorla drew a breathtaking save from Hart as the away side had to wait until the 82nd minute to level proceedings, Koscielny lashing home from close range after City failed to deal with a corner.
Vincent Kompany and Aguero went close to restoring the hosts’ lead soon after with Gervinho wasting a glorious chance to take maximum points back to North London in the closing stages.