Nigerian youngsters Kelechi Iheanacho and Alex Iwobi struggled on Sunday as Manchester City and Arsenal drew their Premier League clash 2-2 at the Etihad.
The draw opened the door for Manchester United to go above City and into the top four.
Both Iheanacho and Iwobi have been in top form this season and the City forward was handed his third straight start. Iwobi also started.
However both were taken off after largely anonymous displays. Iwobi was taken off for Theo Walcott while Iheanacho made way for Raheem Sterling.
Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bryune got City’s goals, with Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez bagging for Arsenal.
It was a fast start from City and they had the lead in the eighth minute when Aguero collected a knockdown from Fernandinho before drilling low inside Petr Cech’s near post with his left foot.
The goal was Aguero’s 24th in the league this season and took him level with Jamie Vardy and one behind Harry Kane in the golden-boot race.
The Argentinian has now scored in six straight Premier League games, but it was an out-of-form striker who was then celebrating as Arsenal instantly hit back.
Exactly two minutes after the opener, Giroud scored for the first time in 16 league games by heading home from a corner after former Arsenal defender Gael Clichy had headed against the outside of his own post and behind for the set-piece.