Belfast Telegraph

Race for top four swings United's way

By Andy Hampson

Arsenal twice came from behind to claim a 2-2 draw at Manchester City that had contrasting implications for both sides' Champions League hopes, and those of Manchester United.

Goals from Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez cancelled out efforts from Sergio Aguero and Kevin de Bruyne at the Etihad Stadium to all but guarantee the Gunners a place in the Premier League's top four.

But for fourth-placed City the result was more damaging and their fate is now out of their hands. Rivals United can now overtake them by winning their game in hand at West Ham tomorrow night and there is a worry City could now begin the Pep Guardiola era without Champions League football.

But defiant City boss Manuel Pellegrini said: "We are not finished for the season. Of course if you are not depending on what you can do it is more difficult, but we will see after Tuesday what will happen between Manchester United and West Ham.

"I think we deserve to be in the Champions League next year because we have had 37 games in a Champions League place , so I hope we are not going to lose that spot in the last game."

Meanwhile, Arsenal's England striker Danny Welbeck could be ruled out of Euro 2016 after suffering a bad knee injury at the Etihad Stadium.

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