Arsenal 2 Manchester City 2
( Wilshere 63 Sanchez 74, Aguero 28 Demichelis 83 )

An accomplished second half display from Arsenal saw them come from behind in this entertaining contest against Manchester City, but Arsene Wenger’s men were unable to hang on for a deserved win against the reigning Premiership champions. The Gunners have now recorded three consecutive Premiership draws, but having fallen a goal behind here through Sergio Aguero, Arsenal rallied to firstly level through Jack Wilshere and then having taken a deserved lead through Alexis Sanchez, a familiar frailty – defending from corners came to cost Arsene Wenger’s side all the points, after Martin Demichelis headed City’s leveller.

Wilshere and Sanchez, took their goals superbly, and that should have seen Arsenal take the three points. The opening was lively with both sides prodding, but against the run of play, City’s Aguero gave his side a first half lead. However, defender Demichelis scored late on as the points were shared.

Wenger was in positive mood following the draw.

“We showed top quality and great mental strength to come from a goal down and take the lead. It a result that is frustrating,” he said. “I am happy with the performance. We should get a lot of encouragement from that game today.”

Arsenal dominated their opponents in a good first half. However, the visitors took the lead, and very much against the run of play, when Aguero scored after 27 minutes.

Winger Jesus Navas began the move that led to the goal by surging down the wing. Spotting the run of Aguero, the Spaniard played a low cross to his team-mate. The Argentina international striker finished well from close range after edging past a lethargic Mathieu Flammini.

It would have been different had Arsenal taken an early lead through Danny Welbeck, their recent £16 million acquisition from Manchester United.

Welbeck showed his opportunism when, after a poor back pass by David Silva, the new signing collected the loose ball before racing through on goal. With Joe Hart closing the space, Welbeck had the presence of mind to chip the City goalkeeper. The ball flew over Hart but as Welbeck watched on, the ball dropped agonisingly onto the post, denying the England man a goal on his debut.

Welbeck played well throughout, and went off to warm applause when he was substituted for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain late on in the match. City gave Frank Lampard 45 minutes of action before his January switch to the MLS, but he was replaced by former Gunner Samir Nasri. No surprises then at how his introduction and every touch were greeted by the Arsenal faithful.

Wenger was pleased with the performance from the young striker. “He did well and looked dangerous,” said the Frenchman. “It was sad that he could not take his chance.”

Arsenal had other chances too in a first half in which they played with confidence and purpose. However, it was the Champions who went in for the interval holding the advantage.

City, who have already beaten Liverpool this season, were poor after the break. Arsenal’s players sensed vulnerability. It didn’t take long for them to punish the visitors.

The equalising goal came after a period of dominance from Arsenal. Sanchez, full of energy and ideas, picked up the ball in midfield, playing in Aaron Ramsey. The Welshman saw Wilshere making a run into the penalty area and found him with a good pass.

Wilshere brilliantly side-stepped the challenge of full-back Gael Clichy, finishing the move with a great right-footed lob over the advancing Hart.

On 74 minutes, Alexis put Arsenal ahead with the best goal of the match. After a sustained period of home pressure, the ball was headed in his direction him by Wilshere. The Chilean striker still had work to do as he took the ball on the volley. With the precision of a laser guided missile, the ball flew past Hart, who stood no chance. It was the third goal in as many matches for the former Barcelona man.

However, Dimichelis ensured his side shared the points when he equalised with a powerful header on 83 minutes from a corner kick, the Gunners switching off, when they needed to be at their most focussed.

City manager Manuel Pellegrini was satisfied with the draw. He said: “It is difficult to come and play here. I am happy with the way that we played.” He, however, was critical of the performance of referee Mark Clattenburg, pointing to what he felt was fouls by Arsenal players in the lead-up to their goals.

Wenger will assess the fitness of full-back Mathieu Debuchy, who was substituted after spraining his ankle.

Both teams turn their minds to the Champions League when they have tricky away ties in Germany. Arsenal face Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday before a trip to Aston Villa next weekend.