Arsenal 1 Man City 1: Player ratings

Arsenal 1 Man City 1: Player ratings as the Gunners peg back free-scoring Citizens at The Emirates

By Daragh Small
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Arsenal

Wojciech Szczesny Has now kept only one clean-sheet in his last six appearances for the Gunners. The Polish No1 looked indecisive at times and could have been left red-faced on more than one occasion. Saying all that, one great save from Touré late on. 6/10

Bacary Sagna Still hasn’t signed a contract for next season and judging on his performance, Arsene Wenger will be rushing to get him to put pen to paper. Showed energy getting forward and provided some sumptuous final balls that just missed their target. 7

Kieran Gibbs Looked exposed in the opening half as Navas and Zabaleta made life hell for English full-back. However, he eventually came to terms with the game and ended up provided the assist to Flamini’s equaliser. 6

Per Mertesacker Would have been delighted to have seen his attacking players relieving some of the pressure in the second-half as he struggled to deal with the pace and fluidity of City’s attack. 6

Thomas Vermaelen The Belgian who was once was the lynchpin of the Arsenal looked a pale shadow of that man against City. Wasn’t found out but if City’s attackers had performed, things could have been very different. 6

Mathieu Flamini (Man of the match) Scored his second goal since re-joining Arsenal. Retribution for the own goal against Swansea mid-week as he placed a precise finish into Hart’s bottom left corner. Had a goal disallowed in the first half when offside and found himself playing the false striker position in the second 45. 8

Tomas Rosicky Very direct with the ball and involved in everything playing the Silva-like role. Could have had a penalty in the first half but the referee wasn’t fooled. 7

Mikel Arteta His loss of possession could have proved very costly with 15 minutes left on the clock, but Touré couldn’t provide the finish. Over-awed by his midfield counterparts throughout. 6

Olivier Giroud Didn’t provide much of a threat before being substituted. His lack of running off the ball suited the opposition centre-halves. 6

Santi Cazorla Lacked the attacking capabilities to challenge the City rearguard, while Rosicky and Flamini, oddly took up his role. 6

Lukas Podolski Could and should have given Arsenal the lead on the hour mark when he found himself one-on-one with the Citizens’ stopper, but Hart came out on top saving with his feet. Came off for Oxlade-Chamberlain in the 78th minute. 6

Substitutes

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Replaced Podolski in late on the former Southampton star provided little for the cause. 6

Yaya Sanogo Should have replaced the lethargic Giroud earlier but his lack of experience may have counted against him. 5

Manchester City

Joe Hart First goal conceded in over nine hours of football. Saved majestically with his feet to deny Podolski after Flamini’s strike. 7

Pablo Zabaleta Becoming a vital cog in the City back-line. His attacking displays are a constant for City and despite his team being under the cosh in the second-half, he was still a leader. 7

Gael Clichy Part of the Arsenal team that won the title ten years ago, spent eight years as a player at the club and this one wasn’t one to remember. The boos will certainly help, though. 6

Vincent Kompany Yellow in first half but remained composed after that. Has the rare commodity to react quicker than others in every situation and held the line as Arsenal pilled forward. 7

Martin Demichelis For once the Argentine managed to outshine Kompany at the back. In the place at the right time, every time and were it not for these two, the result could have been different. 7

Fernandinho Followed on from his display in the derby game mid-week. Earning more admirers week-by-week and the former Shakhtar Donetsk man can do no wrong at the moment. 7

Jesús Navas Drifted off Podolski which ultimately resulted in Arsenal goal. Taken off shortly after for Milner. Did show signs of his potency on the wing prior to this. However, Gibbs eventually got on top and Navas faded. 6

Yaya Touré Yellow in first half. Continued his role as man-mountain in the centre of midfield but wasn’t as influential as previous battles. Didn’t provide the same attacking impetuous either. 6

David Silva Yellow before half-time. Phenomenal performance once more in his favoured No10 role. The Spaniard got his just reward with a fortuitous goal after he had set up Dzeko, whose shot collided against the post and left Silva with the easiest of finishes in the 17th minute. 7

Samir Nasri Boos rang out when he left the field late in the game and struggled to find the limelight previous to that. The former Arsenal man found it difficult today and the substitution was inevitable. 6

Edin Dzeko Couldn’t add to his haul of 20 goals this season. Hitting form in the place of the injured Aguero, although the Argentine is not far away from return. Provided another assist today. Taken off for Negredo. 7

Substitutes

James Milner Came on for his 150th appearance in the second half. 6

Alvaro Negredo Hasn’t scored in ten games now and his little cameo off the bench didn’t suggest this is going to change any time soon. 5

Javi García Came on for Nasri in the 80th minute to a chorus of boos. 6​

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