Arsene Wenger was surprised by the way Manchester City started against Arsenal and felt his side showed “good character” to earn a point.
Arsenal twice fell behind to goals from Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne but fought back through Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez that leaves them needing only a point against Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium on Sunday to make sure of a Champions League place.
“We showed good character,” Wenger told Sky Sports. “When it was 1-1 we didn’t look like we could score but as soon as it was 2-1 we started again to have that desire and we looked dangerous straight away. It looked like the players subconsciously just wanted not to lose.
“Man City had decided to give a big present to Manuel Pellegrini, they were all on fire and we needed to show special fighting spirit to come away with a point.
“I was surprised a little bit by the intensity of their start. They came out with a lot of pressure, the good thing is we absorbed it and every time we were down we came back.
“We have to finish the job now at home against Villa. We want to finish with a win at home.”
Wenger was particularly impressed with Giroud, who scored his first Premier League goal since January and also set up Sanchez’s second-half strike.
“He had a great game, his best for a while,” Wenger said. “He was sharp and focused, we have seen the real Olivier Giroud.
“He has not had that sharpness for the last few games but strikers go through up and downs and you never know when they will score or not.”