London - Martin Demichelis scored an 83rd-minute equaliser as champions Manchester City held Arsenal to a 2-2 draw in an entertaining Premier League encounter at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
As it happened: Arsenal v Manchester City
looked set for victory when Alexis Sanchez slammed home a sumptuous
volley in the 74th minute, after Jack Wilshere's neatly constructed goal
had cancelled out Sergio Aguero's first-half opener for City.
Argentina centre-back Demichelis headed in an Aleksandar Kolarov corner
to prevent Manuel Pellegrini's side from slumping to a second
consecutive defeat after their shock 1-0 loss at home to Stoke City.
think it was a great game: two very good teams, which try to play. Both
teams are very creative," City manager Pellegrini told BT Sport.
both goals by Arsenal were very clear fouls: the first one, two or
three continuous fouls, and the second one, (Danny) Welbeck on Vincent
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger drew encouragement from
the way his side came from behind to lead, but he was also given serious
cause for concern by an ankle injury to right-back Mathieu Debuchy.
"It was a game of top quality and we did remarkably well to come back, but then we gave a cheap goal away," Wenger said.
"Debuchy has a bad ankle sprain. I don't know how long he will be out for, but it doesn't look too good."
handed a first start to Danny Welbeck and the £16 million former Manchester United striker saw an
early chipped effort hit the post after he had raced clear.
who gave a debut to former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, made the
breakthrough in the 28th minute when Aguero met Jesus Navas's carefully
weighted low cross with a delicate near-post finish.
equalised in the 63rd minute, gathering a pass from Aaron Ramsey,
drifting past Gael Clichy, and lifting a cool right-foot shot over City
goalkeeper Joe Hart.
Eleven minutes later the England midfielder's
header set up close-season signing Sanchez to crash an emphatic volley
into the top-right corner from around 12 yards.
But after Debuchy
had been stretchered off following an awkward landing that required him
to be given oxygen, Demichelis met Kolarov's left-wing corner with a
pinpoint header to bring City level.
City came closest to
snatching victory, with Kolarov hitting the post, Arsenal defender
Laurent Koscielny seeing a misjudged clearance hit the frame of his own
goal, and Wojciech Szczesny saving from Edin Dzeko.