Pauline Bremer struck twice for the second game running as Women’s Super League title hopefuls Manchester City saw off Everton at the Academy Arena.
Nevertheless, Georgia Stanway’s 90 th-minute own goal stopped City going top of the table on objective distinction.
Bremer’s double and a Gemma Bonner strike looked set to take City to the summit in manager Nick Cushing’s penultimate home league game in charge.
But Stanway discovered her own net late on to keep Arsenal leading on objectives scored.
The Gunners can re-open a three-point cushion with triumph at Brighton on Saturday and, in a tight title race, City – who registered 24 shots during the video game – might well rue their failure to score more.
Having delighted in a first-minute let-off when City keeper Ellie Roebuck diverted Hannah Cain’s shot on to the bar, Germany striker Bremer turned the video game the hosts’ method.
She raised a cool surface over Tinja-Riikka Korpela to put City ahead after the ball broke to her 6 lawns out and doubled the lead with a sophisticated curler in the 2nd half.
After both sides struck the woodwork – the unfortunate Cain again from range for Everton and Bremer with an overhead kick for City – Bonner squeezed a far-post free-kick through Korpela’s legs to protect success.
From there, City had multiple possibilities to enhance their objective difference, level with Arsenal on 26, but Stanway and Bremer squandered numerous openings and Korpela pushed Ellen White’s shot on to the post.
Their frustration was compounded when an Everton corner went in off Stanway but it might not avoid City – whose manager Cushing leaves for guys’s group New York City in February – from tape-recording a 3rd consecutive win.