Share this story
Manchester City’s draw with Arsenal has opened the door for rivals Manchester United to pip them to a top-four finish in the Premier League.
In Manuel Pellegrini’s final home game in charge of the Citizens, they twice led against the Gunners but had to settle for a share of the spoils following a 2-2 draw.
It means City have surrendered the initiative to United in the race to secure Champions League football for next season.
Louis van Gaal’s Red Devils will finish above their neighbours should they win their final two games of the season, away at West Ham on Tuesday and home to Bournemouth next weekend.
Sergio Aguero and Kevin de Bruyne put City in either half against third-placed Arsenal but their advantages were cut back by Olivier Giroud in the first half and Alexis Sanchez in the second.
The result means City are two points clear of United, with just one game remaining, away at Swansea next Sunday.
Departing City boss Pellegrini felt his side deserved to beat Arsenal and he is not giving up hop of finishing in the top four just yet.
“We need to wait for the Manchester United result, then we will think about our last game which we need to win.
When you don’t depend on yourself it’s more difficult,” he tod reporters. “It was not the way we wanted to finish the season at home,” said Pellegrini.
“We deserved to win this game, we played very well for 90 minutes, but in football you must score the goals.”
Man City are 1.63 to finish in the top four this season, while Man United are 2.25.