Arsenal vs. Manchester United: Live Player Ratings for Both Teams

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Arsenal vs. Manchester United: Live Player Ratings for Both Teams
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Arsenal host Manchester United on Wednesday evening in a match with high stakes for both teams.

With a win, Arsenal would return to the top of the Premier League table. United, meanwhile, will hope to keep pace with Liverpool in the race for fourth place and England's final UEFA Champions League spot.

Live player ratings and analysis for both teams will appear here at half-time and full time, so be sure to check back for the latest updates.

Arsenal Player Ratings vs. Man United
Player Half-time Full-time
Wojciech Szczesny 7 9
Bacary Sagna 7 8
Per Mertesacker 7 7
Laurent Koscielny 7 8
Kieran Gibbs 7 8
Mikel Arteta 5.5 7
Jack Wilshere 6.5 6
Tomas Rosicky 6 6
Mesut Ozil 6.5 6.5
Santi Cazorla 7 8
Olivier Giroud 5.5 6
Substitutes Half-time Full-time
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (for Rosicky, 74') N/A 5

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Manchester United Player Ratings vs. Arsenal
Player Half-time Full-time
David De Gea 7 8
Rafael 6.5 N/A
Chris Smalling 7 7.5
Nemanja Vidic 6.5 8
Patrice Evra 6.5 7.5
Antonio Valencia 6 7
Tom Cleverley 6.5 7
Michael Carrick 6 7
Juan Mata 6 6
Wayne Rooney 6.5 7
Robin van Persie 6 6
Substitutes Half-time Full-time
Rio Ferdinand (for Rafael, 46') N/A 6.5
Adnan Januzaj (for Mata, 75') N/A 6
Ashley Young (for Valencia, 82') N/A 6

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Half-time analysis

Manchester United's Robin van Persie had an excellent chance to put his side ahead in the second minute after Mikel Arteta was caught in possession. Van Persie managed to shoot with his favoured left foot, but his effort was weak and Wojciech Szczesny saved easily.

Arsenal had a chance of their own two minutes later, when Olivier Giroud sent a free header wide of the far post from a corner.

Those turned out to be the best chances of the half. The score was 0-0 at half-time after 45 minutes with few chances and few players standing out.

 

Arsenal

Szczesny: Alert early to save van Persie's shot.

Sagna: Created some danger down the right and made four clearances.

Mertesacker: Was beaten by Mata's through ball to van Persie early in the half, but nothing came from it. Made six clearances.

Koscielny: Led Arsenal with eight clearances.

Gibbs: Looks much more solid than Nacho Monreal at left-back.

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Arteta: Gifted van Persie an early chance with a poor giveaway.

Wilshere: Won an early corner with excellent skill, beating Vidic and Evra on the dribble. His attacks are giving Arsenal a positive aspect, but so far he hasn't been unable to unlock United's defence.

Rosicky: Energetic in the attack, but not always tidy in possession.

Ozil: Wasn't able to control the match in the way we all know he can, but still made two key passes. 

Cazorla: Picked out Gibbs with a gorgeous diagonal ball and had a shot blocked. 

Giroud: Should have scored with a free header early in the match.

 

Man United

De Gea: Dealt well with a tricky deflected shot from Rosicky.

Rafael: Had a scary moment late in the half, falling awkwardly following a challenge with Giroud.

Smalling: Made three clearances.

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Vidic: His mistimed leap allowed Giroud a free header early in the match, but Giroud missed. After the early error, though, he made 10 clearances, most in the side.

Evra: Made two clearances and two tackles.

Valencia: Had a few forays down the right, but did not complete a successful cross.

Cleverley: Made one of only two key pass United registered in the first half.

Carrick: Completed only 81 percent of his passes.

Mata: Picked out van Persie with a fine through ball, the other key pass United recorded.

Rooney: Worked hard at both ends, completing 94 percent of his passes and tracking back to help on defence at times.

Van Persie: Probably should have done better with his second-minute shot after being gifted a big chance. Not quite as sharp as normal, especially not as much as you'd expect in this fixture.

Januzaj: Replaced Mata for the final 15 minutes and took only six touches.

Young: Like Januzaj, took only six touches.

 

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Full-time analysis

Rio Ferdinand replaced Rafael for Manchester United at half-time. Rafael had fallen awkwardly following an aerial challenge with Giroud in the first half. 

Koscielny came close for Arsenal but saw his header cleared off the line by Valencia. Later, Szczesny tipped Van Persie's header onto the woodwork to keep Arsenal level. 

 

Arsenal

Szczesny: Came off his line alertly to head away from danger with van Persie lurking. Later made an excellent save to keep Arsenal level, pushing van Persie's header onto the bar.

Wilshere: Seemed to tire as the second half wore on. At blame in the build-up ahead of van Persie's big chance late in the match (which Szczesny saved).

Ozil: Once again failed to shine against a top opponent. After another 90 minutes, Ozil could probably use a rest, but considering Arsenal's fixture list, it's unclear when that will be possible.

Cazorla: Posed perhaps Arsenal's best and most consistent threat in the latter stages. Came close to scoring more than once.

Giroud: Came close to scoring on multiple occasions but Arsenal fans will be frustrated with his uneven performance.

Oxlade-Chamberlain: Replaced Rosicky in the 74th minute and didn't have much influence on the match.

 

Man United

De Gea: Made a fine save on Cazorla in the closing minutes to keep United level.

Vidic: Looked beaten when Giroud nearly reached Sagna's cross in the 77th minute, but overall was strong in the heart of defence.

Valencia: Made a vital clearance off the line from Giroud's header to keep United level.

Mata: Replaced by Januzaj in the 75th minute following an ineffective display.

Van Persie: The Dutchman came close with a header in the second half but was largely unable to trouble his former team.

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