Arsenal came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw at home to Manchester City on Saturday.
The guests had opened the scoring after 18 minutes through David Silva, but a resilient fight back allowed the Gunners to regain a foothold in the match. Eight minutes after the restart, Mathieu Flamini had restored level terms.
Following are ratings and analysis for both sets of players.
|Arsenal Player Ratings|
Half-Time analysis for Arsenal
Szczesny: Didn’t have a chance at preventing Silva’s goal after Dzeko’s shot came back off the upright.
Sagna: Offering a useful attacking outlet from the right-hand side.
Mertesacker: Has completed 96 percent of his passes out of defense.
Vermaelen: Has won all of his aerial duels so far.
Gibbs: Being overrun by Zabaleta and Navas.
Flamini: Distribution has been woeful.
Arteta: Has contributed a pair of tackles on the defensive side of the ball.
Rosicky: Was lucky to avoid a booking for diving in the early minutes.
Cazorla: Arsenal’s most creative attacker so far, but he’s giving the ball away far too often.
Podolski: Doesn’t even look interested in tracking back to help out Gibbs.
Giroud: Just 18 touches and a single shot in the first half.
Full-Time analysis for Arsenal
Szczesny: Made three important saves and was solid in the air.
Sagna: Making a case for another multi-year contract at the Emirates.
Mertesacker: Ended up successfully completing 94 percent of his passes.
Vermaelen: The club captain didn't put a foot wrong in the centre of defense.
Gibbs: Ended up acquitting himself well and played a part in Arsenal’s equaliser.
Flamini: His improvised redirection of a cross from the left restored level terms.
Arteta: Settled his side nicely when required and contributed a pair of tackles.
Rosicky: Committed three fouls in a much-needed physical display.
Cazorla: An impressive 105 touches for the Gunners’ action man.
Podolski: Earned an assist before being replaced by Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Giroud: Managed to take three shots but was mostly a non-factor.
Oxlade-Chamberlain: Added some spark to the Arsenal attack after his introduction.
Sanogo: Only six touches of the ball in a brief cameo.
|Manchester City Player Ratings|
Half-Time analysis for Manchester City
Hart: Dominant on set pieces so far.
Zabaleta: Combining exceptionally well with Navas.
Kompany: Made an expert tackle on Giroud with the Frenchman lurking in dangerous space.
Demichelis: Yet to commit his trademark gaffe.
Clichy: If City have shown a weakness so far in this match, it’s in his position.
Fernandinho: Has contributed three tackles.
Toure: Not as involved as he’d like to be, but that could change in an instant.
Navas: Running Gibbs into the ground.
Silva: City’s action man now has six goals on the campaign.
Nasri: Has completed an eye-popping 97 percent of his passes.
Dzeko: His lone shot ended up producing Silva’s opener.
Full-Time analysis for Manchester City
Hart: Well-beaten on the goal but made a spectacular save on Podolski not long after.
Zabaleta: Considerably quieter after the restart.
Kompany: Made five important tackles despite playing much of the match on a booking.
Demichelis: Was out to sea when Flamini ghosted in to score.
Clichy: Arsenal ganged up on him, limiting his ability to make an attacking contribution.
Fernandinho: Twice troubled Szczesny with long-range efforts that sailed just over the crossbar.
Toure: Quiet by his standards, but his physicality to shepherd the ball to safety with Sagna draped all over him stands out.
Navas: City were considerably poorer down the right after his exit.
Silva: A goal and 91 touches of the ball from the Spain international.
Nasri: Finished the match with 96 percent of his passes successfully completed.
Dzeko: Missed an absolute sitter moments before Flamini equalised.
Milner: Distribution was woeful after he came on for Navas.
Garcia: Managed to complete only half of his attempted passes.
Negredo: Only five touches after replacing Dzeko.