Swansea City 0 – 0 Middlesbrough
Arsenal 2 – 2 Manchester City
- Arsenal 2 – 2 Manchester City
Arsenal came from behind twice at the Emirates Stadium as they drew 2-2 with Manchester City.
Leroy Sane gave the visitors an early lead when he showed great composure to round David Ospina and slot home.
Theo Walcott levelled before the break as he stabbed home from inside the area, but parity would be short lived as Sergio Aguero made it 2-1 minutes later with a precise finish.
The Gunners levelled once again in the second half; central defender Shkodran Mustafi heading home from a corner.
Against a backdrop of uncertainty over the future of manager Arsene Wenger and the supporter protests aimed at ousting the Frenchman, the Gunners showed they can still cut it with the best in the division as they fought for a point.
Speaking at a planned fans’ forum event on Sunday morning, chief executive Ivan Gazidis admitted results over the last six weeks were “a catalyst for change” – although he was not referring purely to Wenger’s position.
Arsenal have beaten only Hull, Sutton and Lincoln since February and while Wenger is yet to announce whether he will sign a new deal to stay at the club beyond the end of the season, fans again called for him to leave with a pre-game protest.
- Swansea City 0 – 0 Middlesbrough
Swansea and Middlesbrough earned a point a piece in their battle to avoid relegation after playing out a low quality 0-0 draw at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday.
Hull’s victory over West Ham on Saturday had left Swansea outside the drop zone only by virtue of them having a superior goal difference to the Tigers.
Middlesbrough’s position is ever more precarious – five points adrift of Swansea, albeit with a game in hand – and they might come to rue substitute Rudy Gestede failing to accept the best chance of the match in stoppage time.
So a goalless draw, which highlighted the failings of both sides in front of goal, will only serve to encourage the teams around them.
There was no shortage of endeavour or commitment as would be expected in a classic relegation six-pointer, but neither team could provide the defining moment of quality which would have meant so much.
Swansea suffered a blow before kick-off when top scorer Fernando Llorente was ruled out with a calf problem.