Arsenal 2-2 Manchester City - Premier League as it happened

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  • Arsenal and Manchester City duked it out at the Emirates Stadium.
  • Leroy Sane gave City an early lead with a composed finnish
  • Arsene Wenger's men rallied and equalised through Theo Walcott.
  • Sergio Aguero fired City back in front moments later with a stunning effort.
  • Shkodran Mustafi ensured the Gunners were handed a share of the spoils.
Arsenal

Full-time: Arsenal 2-2 Manchester City

An enthralling game at The Emirates Stadium ends in a stalemate. City looked ominous and took the lead early through Sane, but Arsenal rallied and equalised through Walcott.

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Aguero fired City in front moments later, but Mustafi's header ensured the Gunners were handed a share of the spoils.

A great game, but with the defending on show, nobody deserved to win.

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Aguero's volley is deflected for a corner kick. De Bruyne's deliver is excellent but Arsenal head away. The ball is eventually worked to Navas, who blazes well wide.

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A sumptuous flowing move from Arsenal ends up with Iwobi flashing a shot over the bar. The Nigerian started the move with a lovely pass to Bellerin, but could not apply the finish.

Zabaleta on for Silva, 89 minutes gone.

City come forward again through Silva and Fernandinho but Arsenal manage to clear.

Less than five minutes of normal time remaining.

Splendid dribbling from Iwobi and a great pass from Ozil finds Bellerin, whose cross is cut out in the nick of time.

At the other end, Silva makes space and fires a testing effort just wide of Ospina's post.

Coqeulin perhaps lucky to stay on the pitch after barging over De Bruyne. Less than 10 minutes left to play at the Emirates.

Otamendi gifts Ozil a golden chance but the German flutters out of a challenge from Caballero. Really, really poor from Ozil, who seemed scared by the onrushing Argentine.

Otamendi though, my word...

Danny Welbeck's race is run, he is off for Alex Iwobi.

Alex Iwobi is stripped and ready to come on for Arsenal.

The game is experiencing a lull at the moment. No intent from either team to go on and secure victory, despite all the attacking play we saw earlier.

Aguero looks to be in some discomfort. He's holding his upper thigh at the moment and may not be able to carry on.

Guardiola is berating John Stones for reasons unbeknownst to many.

Arsenal looking dangerous on the attack but Coquelin spurns any opportunity by dawdling on the ball. Poor from the Frenchman.

Fights breaking out at The Emirates. Pathetic scenes.

Sane's cross-cum-shot drifts wide when it only needed a touch.

Giroud is now being introduced and replaces Walcott, who has been quiet apart from the goal.

Wenger to roll the dice. Olivier Giroud is set to enter the fray.

Sane attempts to work his magic against Bellerin but the Spaniard stands strong.

A bizarre decision from Sanchez hands Silva an opportunity to cross. He finds Aguero, whose header is caught excellently by Ospina.

Mustafi booked for a cynical trip on Toure. Half an hour left to play at The Emirates.

City try to respond and force a corner out of Mustafi after good work from Aguero, who is battling hard.

De Bruyne's delivery is a teasing one but it evades Toure. The ball only finds Fernandinho who blasts an effort that Ospina saves well.

The Colombian is then floored after a coming together with Ospina. He is now receiving treatment.

A teasing corner from Ozil is met by Mustafi, who jumps ahead of Otamendi and guides the ball into the bottom corner, giving Caballero no chance.

Aguero missed a huge headed opportunity just minutes earlier, but Mustafi made no mistake. 2-2!

GOAL! Arsenal 2-2 Manchester City (Mustafi)

Aguero misses a huge opportunity. The Argentine gets his free header all wrong after Navas whipped a delicious ball into his area. City did not have to work too hard to create that chance, which will be a cause of concern for Arsenal.

Koscielny is believed to be struggling with an Achilles issue. Not for the first time in his career.

Fernandinho the latest to receive a booking for a cynical trip on Alexis Sancez. Took one for the team, can Arsenal make something of the set-piece?

Not a great start to the match for Gabriel, whose undercooked pass almost handed City a guilt-edged chance. Ospina hacked the loose ball away for a throw-in.

Another change, this time for City. Yaya Toure replaces Raheem Sterling. No news of an injury suffered by him or Koscielny.

Bad to worse for Arsenal. Laurent Koscielny has been withdrawn for Gabriel at half-time.

Second-half kick-off just seconds away.

Half-time: Arsenal 1-2 Manchester City

The Gunners started awfully, rallied impressively, but were punished lethally by Manchester City who have played in fits and starts.

City raced out the block and deservedly led through Sane, but Arsenal's patience was rewarded when they equalised through Walcott. Parity lasted for two minutes, as more questionable defending allowed Aguero to do what he does best.

An entertaining game, both teams are being allowed to play.

Walcott almosts equalises again after great work from Sancehz, but his deft effort flies over the bar.

Welbeck almost bursts through on goal but referee Marriner spotted him using a hand to control the ball as he shrugged off Stones.

City respond instantly. De Bruyne roves into the area and hits the post, but Arsenal don't deal with the second phase.

Silva takes his time in the area and feeds Aguero, who finishes superbly into the bottom corner. Arsenal's equaliser proved to be the jolt that City needed.

GOAL! Arsenal 1-2 Manchester City (Aguero)

Sanchez's cross not dealt with by City. The ball is looped back into the Walcott, who is being played onside by Clichy, and the winger battles past the Frenchman to prod home.

No more than what Arsenal deserve.

GOAL! Arsenal 1-1 Manchester City (Walcott)

The moment Sane handed City the lead.

Leroy Sane

Excellent control from De Bruyne starts a City attack. Sterling forces a corner out of Monreal, which is headed wide by Stones. Less than 10 minutes of the first half remaining.

Sanchez wins Arsenal a dangerous free-kick as Sterling trips him cynically.

The set-piece comes to nothing, once again. A number of dead-ball opportunities wasted by the Gunners so far.

A late tackle from Xhaka on Otamendi earns the Swiss international a yellow card. Replays show the midfielder catches the Argentine on the heel, though he does make a meal of the contact.

More patient play from Arsenal gives Sanchez the opportunity to shoot, but his curled effort sails wide of Caballero's post. Not far wide.

Arsenal looking the better side after starting poorly, City not able to set Sterling and Sane free.

Claims for a penalty as Fernandinho slides in on Sanchez in the area. Waved away by Marriner, and it looks to be the right call. Once again, Navas is being exposed.

A teasing ball from Walcott is cleared by Stones. Sanchez then finds Monreal, who forces a corner as he tries to feed Ozil. Better from Arsenal.

The corner eventually finds its way to Monreal, who blazes high and wide. A shank with his weaker foot, there.

Arsenal try to apply pressure and their patient build-up ends up in Ozil turning well but firing weakly at Caballero. 21 minutes gone.

Not many smiling faces in red at the moment.

Mesut Ozil

Impressive going from the German, who has grown in stature recently.

Coquelin booked for a late challenge on Silva. He joins Navas in the referee's notebook.

Sanchez and Monreal look to exploit Navas again, who is lucky that his compatriot is called offside. He hauled Monreal down as he marauded into the area. Pep's experiment not paying off.

Manchester City go close again as De Bruyne bends a delicious effort, which hits the post. Silva picks up the rebound and forces a good save from Ospina.

Arsenal all over the place so far, and the crowd are beginning to voice their frustration.

A poor challenge from Navas on Monreal earns the Spaniard a yellow card.

Arsenal are predictably exploiting the former Sevilla winger, who is perhaps lucky to only receive a caution.

An excellent ball from De Bruyne sets Sane away. The German outmuscles Bellerin and keeps his composure as he rounds Ospina and rolls the ball into the net.

Sensational goal, what a pass from De Bruyne.

GOAL! Arsenal 0-1 Manchester City (Sane)

Almost a calamitous goal from an Arsenal point of view as Ospina's sliding clearance rebounds off Sterling, but the ball bounces away from danger. City looking very much in the mood here.

Aguero tries to play on the last line of defence but is adjudged offside. Bright from the Argentine, who was fed well by Clichy.

Navas commits an early foul on Welbeck. Not a great start for the Spaniard, who has been shoehorned into the right-back slot.

The resulting free-kick is gobbled up by Caballero.

We are under way at The Emirates Stadium.

A final reminder of the teams:

Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny (C), Monreal, Xhaka, Coquelin, Walcott, Ozil, Alexis, Welbeck.

Manchester City: Caballero, Clichy, Stones, Otamendi, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Sane, Silva (C), Sterling, Navas, Aguero

The teams are emerging from the tunnel, kick-off just moments away now.

Not great reading for both the Gunners and City, this.

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City being put through their pre-match paces at the moment.

Some pre-match thoughts from both bosses.

Wenger: "Both of them (Ramsey and Oxlade-Chamberlain) are not available, Ox came back with a tight hamstring and Ramsey has a calf problem.

"In football the next game is a good opportunity to show what you are made of, that's what we have to think, we need to show our quality and deal with the pressure of playing for a big club."

Guardiola: "Win or lose, the game is quite nice (when City are involved) . Arsenal want to play too, I think the game will be good."

If they can catch Chelsea: "I think we have to see ourselves, the distance is huge so we have to take it game by game. Now is the last part of the season, we start today."

A reminder of today's team news:

Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny (C), Monreal, Xhaka, Coquelin, Walcott, Ozil, Alexis, Welbeck.

Manchester City: Caballero, Clichy, Stones, Otamendi, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Sane, Silva (C), Sterling, Navas, Aguero.

Kick-off less than 30 minutes away.

Arsenal

Gundogan in fine spirits despite not being able to play. Will he be celebrating a fine win for City come the final whistle?

In case you were wondering, Ramsey and 'The Ox' are out with slight knocks. Will they be missed?

Some photos of Arsenal fans' protests for your viewing pleasure.

arsenal fan protests
Arsenal fan protests

SUBSTITUTES

Arsenal: Martinez, Gibbs, Gabriel, Elneny, Maitland-Niles, Iwobi, Giroud.

Manchester City: Bravo, Kompany, Zabaleta, Nolito, Kolarov, Delph, Yaya Toure.

Suggestions that Guardiola may be playing a three-man defence, instead of a 4-4-1-1 formation. You can never really know what the Catalan maestro is going to do.

We'll find out in less than an hour.

Mesut Ozil starts for Arsenal, who have named a rather exciting, pacey line-up with Danny Welbeck leading the line.

Pep Guardiola DID spring a surprise, Jesus Navas has been thrusted into the starting line-up as he opts for a 4-4-1-1 formation.

Interesting decisions from both managers.

The line-ups are as follows:

Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny (C), Monreal, Xhaka, Coquelin, Walcott, Ozil, Alexis, Welbeck.

Manchester City: Caballero, Clichy, Stones, Otamendi, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Sane, Silva (C), Sterling, Navas, Aguero

TEAM NEWS

TEAM NEWS

Team news just a few minutes away.

Will Wenger thrust Ozil back into the starting line-up? The German has become a whipping boy in recent months and will no doubt want to silence his critics this afternoon.

On the other hand, will Guardiola spring any surprises? He has a penchant for doing so.

They took to the skies last time out, but a portion of Arsenal supporters have no found another method of transportation with which they can voice their exasperation at Arsene Wenger's stewardship.

Like them or loathe them, they won't go away...

The stage is set in north London.

Arsenal have reportedly earmarked Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye as the man to address their defensive flaws this summer after Arsene Wenger admitted in an interview that the Gunners were being punished this season for their inability to defend as a team.

Gueye has been an ever-present figure for the Toffees this season and could emulate the influence made by N'Golo Kante at Chelsea with his reading of the game and defensive prowess.

Could the Senegalese ply his trade at The Emirates next season? Everton will not let him go easily, if at all.

Idrissa Gueye

Pep Guardiola has almost a fully fit squad to choose from for the clash at The Emirates, and delivered an encouraging update about Gabriel Jesus, who is on the mend after suffering a broken foot.

Guardiola revealed that Jesus is now walking freely and could feature for City before the end of the current campaign.

"He was in New York. It was freezing. He told me that," Guardiola said. "The crutches are gone. He's started to work and hopefully he will start to run and then help us in the last games of the season and then come back in the pre-season fit."

"Except Gabriel Jesus and Gundogan, they are OK," Guardiola confirmed.

Asked specifically if De Bruyne and Sterling are fit after respective groin and back injuries sustained on international duty, he replied: "Yeah, Zabaleta as well. They are not top, top perfect, but they are OK."

Gabriel Jesus

Arsenal have a host of fitness concerns ahead of the game against Manchester City, but Arsene Wenger may hand Mesut Ozil a start after the German returned to fitness during the international break.

Ozil may feature but Petr Cech and Lucas Perez are out, along with long-term injury victim Santi Cazorla. Wenger believes the talented Spaniard will not play again this season.

"We have lost Petr Cech and he will not be fit for Sunday," Wenger told reporters ahead of the visit of City. "Apart from that Cazorla, Perez as well is not fit. That should basically be it. [Cech has] a thigh problem. I think he could miss Sunday, Wednesday against West Ham and maybe available again after.

"We got a message from him [Sanchez]. It was a kick, it was swollen. We didn't know if the ligament was touched or not. It was just a kick and when the swelling went down and the bone bruising out. He could normally play. Unfortunately no [Cazorla can't play], I think the season is over for him.

"He (Ozil) is in contention to start again. He played 20 minutes with Germany in Azerbaijan. And he came back focused and has worked very hard this week."

Arsene Wenger

Good afternoon and welcome to IB Times UK's live coverage of Arsenal vs Manchester City.

The Gunners are in complete disarray at the moment; they have four of their last five league games and the club's fanbase is at odds with each other about the future of Arsene Wenger.

Manchester City are far from a crisis but Pep Guardiola's first season in English football has not gone the way in which he may have hoped. However, if City earn a good result at The Emirates Stadium and follow it up with a victory at Stamford Bridge, they may just blow the Premier League title race wide open.

Stick with us for the team news, the latest updates and reaction to all the goings on in north London.

Arsene Wenger and Pep Guardiola

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