Arsenal appeared to be about to secure three valuable points against Birmingham at St Andrews but a late Kevin Phillips goal leveled the game and left the Gunners ruing what might have been. The home side had a few good chances and Emirates keeper Manuel Almunia appeared to be having one of his good games only to make yet another blunder late on.
Sol Campbell went close in the first half also but the north London side took a long time to break down Alex McLeish’s side who continue to impress this term.
Frenchman Samir Nasri then struck with ten minutes to go when he spun expertly in the box before beating Joe Hart to secure a crucial win in the title chase. Birmingham City’s veteran striker Kevin Phillips then leveled in the dying minutes when his effort somehow makes its way past the hapless Almunia.
Birmingham City 0-0 Arsenal 1st Half Highlights
Birmingham City 0-1 Arsenal (Nasri)
Birmingham City 1-1 Arsenal (Phillips)