Manchester City vs. Arsenal Player Ratings Following A 2-2 Draw

Arsenal

An exciting draw to welcome us back into the Premier League season was much needed after a what seemed like a very long international break. Both teams were looking to prove themselves after some shuffling on both team’s line-ups and less than stellar starts for the defending Champions and the hungry Arsenal side. Between injuries and new strikers, one point a piece will likely suit both teams nicely but we rated the players on both teams to see how they stacked up.

Arsenal

Wojciech Szczesny – 6
Made some solid saves throughout the game but probably should have done better with Demichelis’ header for the second goal.

Mathieu Debuchy – 6
The Frenchman looked pretty good throughout the game, defending well and attacking down the right successfully. Sadly for him he picked up what could be quite a bad injury late into the second half.

Laurent Koscielny – 6
Koscielny didn’t have the worst of games but you’d expect him to have done a little bit better in the centre of defence alongside Mertesacker. Aguero had his and Mertesacker’s number while he was on the pitch.

Per Mertesacker – 6
His lack of pace meant that the big German was left standing by Aguero numerous times throughout the game. Despite that, he passed the ball well to other players and as the game went on he started to become more of a force on the pitch.

Nacho Monreal – 6
Monreal was run ragged by Jesus Navas and simply couldn’t keep up with his pace. While his defending left something to be desired, he ran down the left wing well and put in some decent crosses.

Mathieu Flamini – 6
A no frills performance from Flamini, who was the anchorman in midfield today ahead of Arteta. He gave Arsenal fans an energetic, hard-tackling performance yet he just lacks that extra bit of pace and size.

Aaron Ramsey – 7
Ramsey might be still feeling effects from the ankle injury he obtained while playing for Wales against Andorra earlier on in the week as he wasn’t quite as energetic as he usually is. However, his mind was sharp as he picked out a lovely ball for Wilshere’s goal.

Jack Wilshere – 8 (Man of the Match)
If anyone had any doubts as to whether Jack Wilshere can perform in the big games, then they don’t have now. This is arguably the best game he’s had since Arsenal played Barcelona in the Champions League a few years ago. He was tenacious, passed the ball well, didn’t stop running and he topped it off with an exquisite goal.

Mesut Ozil – 4
Maybe it’s because he’s still feeling the ankle injury that kept him out of the international games recently or maybe he’s still getting used to this intriguing forward line that Arsenal have at the minute. Regardless, Ozil still had a poor, poor game today against Manchester City.

His passing was woeful, he failed to track back at all and the shots he did take almost looked Yaya Sanogo-esque. Probably a bit too harsh but he needs to buck up his ideas otherwise he’ll find himself on the bench.

Alexis Sanchez – 7.5
The Chilean is quickly becoming a bit of an Arsenal hero with these recent performances. Firstly, his goal was absolutely spectacular and well-worthy of being a game winner. Besides that, his passing was good, he showed fantastic individual skill throughout the game and he tracked back whenever he lost the ball.

Danny Welbeck – 6.5
‘Welbz’ had a decent debut for Arsenal today and showed how enthusiastic he was by chasing down the ball at every opportunity and troubling defenders during his time on the pitch. He nearly scored an audacious chip over Joe Hart early in the first half but it wasn’t to be. If he wasn’t playing against arguably the best centre back in the world he probably would’ve got himself a goal today.

SUBS

David Ospina

Kieran Gibbs

Mikel Arteta – 5
Didn’t have enough time to really get into the game.

Lukasz Podolski

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 5
The Ox came on for Welbeck late in the second half but wasn’t able to make much of an impact.

Santi Cazorla

Calum Chambers – 6
Was given the task of stopping Kolarov during the last few moments and was just about able to handle him.

Manchester City

Joe Hart – 6
Besides from picking the ball out of the net a couple of times, Hart didn’t really have much to do today. He made a couple of early saves but they weren’t even close to making the England number one work too hard.

Pablo Zabaleta – 7
The Argentinian showed why he’s not only the best right back in the Premier League, but why he’s keeping Bacary Sagna on the bench. He made Alexis and Ozil work for everything down the right hand side and was decent going forward too.

Vincent Kompany – 7.5
Kompany played fantastic today and showed why, in my opinion, he’s the best centre back in the world. Strong in the air, aggressive in the tackle and brilliant positioning allowed him to block off many of Arsenal’s offensive threats.

Martin Demichelis – 7
Despite many thinking he’s the weak-link in the Manchester City defence, the Argentinian didn’t look too shabby today. He had a bit of trouble dealing with Welbeck’s pace and power, but he did just enough to put the English man off. He also managed to score a very good header to earn his team a point.

Gael Clichy – 7
A fitting performance from the former Arsenal man today. He’s still a bit weak defensively, but he makes up for it with great attacking play. He nearly scored a lovely goal after robbing it from Mesut Ozil – who failed to track back – before just chipping it wide of the goal.

Fernandinho – 7.5
Fernandinho was an absolute unit in midfield and was probably the team’s best player. His dogged determination to breakdown every Arsenal attack is probably what kept Manchester City in it today, as he charged down the likes of Welbeck, Wilshere and Ramsey continuously until he was taken off.

Frank Lampard – 5
Lampard looked old and out of sorts during this game. He couldn’t keep up with Wilshere or Ramsey and simply couldn’t boss the midfield like he used too.

Jesus Navas – 7
Energetic down the right wing and caused Nacho Monreal countless amounts of pain with his pace and crossing ability. Played a lovely ball to Aguero for the first goal and was a constant threat.

David Silva – 7
Lovely performance from the Spaniard as he showed off magnificent passing to try and unlock Arsenal’s defence. Could’ve linked up a little bit better with Aguero during the first half but he was able to spray the ball to others around him regardless.

James Milner – 6
Had a great duel with Mathieu Debuchy during the first half as the two went tit-for-tat, but besides that and a few decent crosses, he didn’t have much of an impact on the game.

Sergio Aguero – 7
Aguero showed why he’s considered one of the best strikers in the Premier League today. His runs were stupendous and his killer instinct in front of goal is what led to City’s first goal today. He doesn’t quite seem fully fit yet but when he is he’ll be a handful.

SUBS

Willy Caballero

Alexsandar Kolarov – 7
Kolarov came on and made all the difference today, causing absolute havoc with his passing and shooting. Nearly scored a sensational goal that struck the post.

Bacary Sagna

Eliaquim Mangala

Samir Nasri – 6
Despite quite clearly trying to get a foothold on the game, Nasri was pretty poor today. His passing and shooting was a bit off and he seemed as if he was trying too hard. Nearly scored a late winner but was offside.

Scott Sinclair

Edin Dzeko – 6
Used his power to try and disrupt the Arsenal defence and nearly caused Laurent Koscielny to score an own goal late in the second half but didn’t really get a shot off of his own.

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