Arsenal vs. Manchester City: Live Player Ratings

Jerrad PetersWorld Football Staff WriterMarch 29, 2014

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 29:  Alvaro Negredo of Manchester City is closed down by Tomas Rosicky and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Emirates Stadium on March 29, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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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.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 29:  Mathieu Flamini of Arsenal celebrates scoring their first goal with Santi Cazorla of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Emirates Stadium on March 29, 2014 in London, England
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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.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 29: Tomas Rosicky of Arsenal tackles Gael Clichy of Manchester City during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Emirates Stadium on March 29, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/G
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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.