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EPL: Arsenal hurt Manchester City's top-four bid with draw

Manchester: Alexis Sanchez's 68th-minute equaliser dealt a potentially fatal blow to Manchester City's Champions League qualification hopes as Arsenal claimed a 2-2 draw yesterday.

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez is ecstatic after a goal during an EPL match against Man City in Manchester yesterday. Pic/AFP
Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez is ecstatic after a goal during an EPL match against Man City in Manchester yesterday. Pic/AFP

In his final home game as City manager before handing over to Pep Guardiola, Manuel Pellegrini saw Kevin De Bruyne put the hosts in front after Sergio Aguero's early opener was cancelled out by Olivier Giroud.

But Sanchez's strike means that Pellegrini is now dependent on fifth-place Man United dropping points — or Arsenal losing to Aston Villa.

United visit West Ham on Tuesday before finishing against Bournemouth and if they win both games, and Arsenal avoid defeat against Villa, Guardiola will begin life at City as a Europa League manager.

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