Gimnasia suffered a surprise defeat to Atlético Rafaela last week and just as it appeared El Lobo had put his set-back behind them, Arsenal snatched an injury time draw in Sarandí.
Gustavo Alfaro will be have been pleased with the manner in which his side started on Monday evening and when Nicolás Ibáñez put them in front with a thumping header and then capitalised on a goalkeeping error by Fernando Pellegrino to nod the visitors two in front.
Arsenal remained in the contest but Alfaro’s sides are traditionally difficult to break down and the coach would have expected his side to defend such a lead.
With twelve minutes remaining second half substitute Joaquín Boghossian pulled a goal back for the home side when he rose to head home a corner but after full back Luciano Vella was shown a second yellow card it appeared any hope of a comeback would disappear.
However, deep into stoppage time another corner from the left caused panic in the Gimnasia penalty area and with the ball cleared only to edge of the penalty area, Martín Giménez fiercely volleyed the ball back into the net.
Arsenal remain without a win but Sergio Rondina will be buoyed by his side’s resolve and the late equaliser may yet act as a catalyst for their season.
Later in San Juan and Colón maintained their remarkable defensive start to the season with a fourth consecutive clean sheet. Paolo Montero’s side are yet to concede a goal and despite being second best to their hosts, San Martín for large parts managed to leave the Estadio Ingeniero Hilario Sánchez with a point.
Arsenal de Sarandí 2 – 2 Gimnasia
San Martín 0 – 0 Colón