Laurent Koscielny thumped home a sumptuous late strike to snatch a point for Arsenal on Sunday as another tight affair with Manchester City ended all square.

Indeed, as much as Arsenal’s bright performance made a strong case of deserving all three points, today’s visit to Eastlands could have easily ended as empty-handed as last year’s – largely due to the sheer profligacy of Gervinho upfront.  City’s game plan was always to absorb the early energy of Wenger’s men and catch them cold with a sucker-punch.

That seemed to have worked for 82 minutes as Lescott’s header, a few moments before half-time, had given the hosts a lead from a corner which was misjudged by Vito Mannone and the Arsenal defence.

Arsenal though, did find their own vital corner-kick after huffing and puffing for an equalizer. And when Cazorla’s delivery landed on Koscielny’s foot, the French defender – only in today to replace an ill Thomas Vermalen – smashed the ball past Joe Hart.

1-1, spoils shared, and the Gunners, now 5th on the table, remain ahead of today’s opponents through goal difference

Enjoy Koscielny’s goal below!

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