Arsenal moved three points above Manchester City after coming from behind twice at the Etihad on Sunday to secure a 2-2 draw on Sunday.
Sergio Aguero opened the scoring for the hosts, Man City with a well-taken strike, but the Gunners hit back within two minutes through Olivier Giroud’s powerful header.
A fantastic solo run from Kevin De Bruyne six minutes after the break resulted in Manchester City’s second after the German beat Petr Cech with a long range effort at his near post but Sanchez leveled matters nine minutes after hour mark for 2-2.
While this match did not have quite the significance that many had hoped it would when examining the fixture list at the start of the season, it remained important in the context of the race for the top four.
The Gunners knew that a win would secure third place – thereby securing automatic entry to next season’s Champions League – while Tottenham’s defeat earlier in the day added a fresh twist.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger made two changes to the side that beat Norwich City last time out. Danny Welbeck was rewarded with a place in the starting XI, replacing Mesut Ozil, who missed out with a slight hip injury, while Per Mertesacker’s hamstring problem saw him replaced at the heart of the defence by Gabriel.
Manchester City, meanwhile, included former Gunners Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy in their side, as they sought an instant response after their Champions League semi-final defeat to Real Madrid.
An end-to-end game got off to a ferociously fast start, with the hosts on the front foot and claiming first blood when Sergio Aguero flashed a shot into the bottom corner.
Arsène Wenger’s side were back on level terms within two minutes when Giroud showed more hunger than anyone in the City area to power a Mohmed Elneny corner into the roof of the net.
It was the France international’s first Premier League goal in close to four months, and it capped an impressive showing up front.
The pace of the game showed no signs of letting up after the restart, with City soon back in front when Kevin de Bruyne beat Petr Cech from the edge of the area.
But back Arsenal came, with Giroud’s brilliant flick finding Alexis and the Chile international equalised with a cool finish.
Both sides threw everything at it in the closing stages as they sought a winner, with Wilfried Bony coming closest with a shot that rattled the crossbar.
But in the end it could prove a useful point for the Gunners, who only need navigate one more test at the end of a marathon season.
The result leaves the Gunners needing a win on the final day to seal automatic entry to next season’s Champions League – while the possibility of leapfrogging Tottenham into second remains too.