English Premier League: Chris Wood scores first Nottingham Forest goal in draw with Manchester City, Arsenal regain lead with win over Aston Villa

Manchester City have fallen two points behind English Premier League leaders Arsenal, with a 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest.

Arsenal left it very late to beat Aston Villa 4-2 earlier and climbed back to the top of the standings, putting pressure on City to earn victory at Forest, with the visitors starting the encounter at a blistering pace.

City dominated possession and deservedly took the lead four minutes before the break, with Bernardo Silva slamming the ball into the net from the edge of the box.

Arsenal's Jorginho celebrates.
Arsenal's Jorginho celebrates. Photo credit: Getty Images

The visitors should have doubled their advantage midway through the second half, but the usually lethal Erling Haaland hit the crossbar from close range, before blazing the rebound over the top.

That miss proved pivotal as, out of nowhere, Forest's January signing - All White Chris Wood - tapped home at the far post to level six minutes from time and lift the roof off a damp City Ground.

The champions threw everything at Forest in search of a dramatic late winner, but they could not break the hosts' resistance, leaving City two points behind Arsenal, after playing one game more. Forest climbed to 13th. 

Earlier, Arsenal got their stuttering title push back on track with a thrilling 4-2 win to move back to the top of the table, thanks to two added-time goals.

With the game seemingly headed for a 2-2 draw, Jorginho's shot came off the bar and bounced off Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez into the net, then minutes later, Gabriel Martinelli stroked into an empty goal for Arsenal's fourth.

At a packed and raucous Villa Park in the Midlands, Ollie Watkins fired home the hosts' opener - and his fourth goal in as many games - in the fifth minute, after a scintillating run into the box and jink past defender William Saliba.

Bukayo Saka struck back for Arsenal, with a fine left foot drive from inside the area in the 16th minute, before Philippe Coutinho restored Villa's lead with a low shot in the 31st, after a clever dummy from Emiliano Buendia.

Oleksandr Zinchenko levelled for Arsenal in the 62nd minute, with a low drive past World Cup-winning goalkeeper Martinez.

Before the thrilling finale, both sides missed gilt-edged chances, Martin Odegaard pulling wide for Arsenal, when he looked certain to score, and Villa's Leon Bailey seeing a shot tipped onto the crossbar.