Arsenal leave it late to share points with Man Utd

Walcott's cross deflected in by Blackett in draw while Toure scores twice to help Man City edge out Swansea.

    Arsenal need just two points to seal an automatic Champions League place [Getty Images]
    Arsenal need just two points to seal an automatic Champions League place [Getty Images]

    Arsenal relied on a late own-goal to draw 1-1 at Manchester United in the Premier League and stay in control of the race for automatic qualification for the Champions League.

    A cross by Theo Walcott in the 82nd minute deflected off the outstretched boot of United substitute Tyler Blackett and looped over wrong-footed goal-keeper Victor Valdes, who had just come on for his debut.

    Ander Herrera had given United the lead in the 30th when he met Ashley Young's cross with a side-footed volley, but the hosts were pinned back for much of the second half at Old Trafford.

    Arsenal stayed third, two points ahead of United, and will secure a finish in at least that position by beating Sunderland in their game in hand on Wednesday.

    City edge out Swansea

    Yaya Toure scored twice to lift Manchester City to a 4-2 win at Swansea City in an entertaining Premier League game in which the hosts fought back from 2-0 down to level the scores.

    Ivorian midfielder Toure struck his 50th league goal for second-placed City to give them a first-half lead and James Milner added a second. 

    Tour has scored 51 league goals for Manchester City [Getty Images]

    Gylfi Sigurdsson pegged one back for Swansea with an excellent curling effort on the stroke of half-time and Bafetimbi Gomes struck his fifth goal in as many games to level the scores early in the second half.

    As the hosts pushed on to complete a remarkable turnaround, Toure squeezed the ball in at the near post to restore the visitors' lead before City keeper Joe Hart made a stunning save to keep out a header from Federico Fernandez.

    City's former Swansea striker Wilfried Bony added the fourth in stoppage-time with a well-placed finish and City moved six points ahead of Arsenal with one game left this season.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


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