Manchester City and Arsenal played out a 2-2 draw at the Etihad Stadium that does nothing to boost their late season ambitions.
The Citizens started the match the stronger of the two teams and they took the lead in the eighth minute when Sergio Aguero finished in empathic fashion following a good knockdown by Fernandinho.
The hosts then became the architects of their own downfall, as Gael Clichy almost scored an own-goal with an attempted back-header, but the ball instead clipped the outside of the post and went behind for a corner.
From the resulting corner Arsenal levelled the match, as Olivier Giroud was left unmarked and coolly headed home from eight yards.
The Gunners were then dealt a blow in the 24th minute as Danny Welbeck picked up a nasty looking knee injury and was subsequently replaced by Jack Wilshere.
Aguero then came close to scoring his second of the game, but his firm strike was blocked away to safety by Hector Bellerin to leave the two sides level at the break.
Into the second half and Kevin De Bruyne restored CityÂ’s advantage in the 52nd minute with a superb solo run and strike from 20 yards, that gave Petr Cech no chance.
Arsenal responded once again as substitute Theo Walcott came close after being played in by Giroud, but they didnÂ’t have to wait long for another equaliser as Alexis Sanchez fired home in emphatic fashion from the edge of the area in the 68th minute.
City seemed the more likely of the two sides to score in the latter stages as Aguero first came close with a left-foot volley, before substitute Wilfried Bony rattled the cross-bar with a superb strike in the 88th minute.
The 2-2 score-line leaves Arsenal third in the table, while Manchester City remain a place further back in fourth.