Arsenal vs. Manchester City: Live Player Ratings

Jerrad Peters@@jerradpetersWorld Football Staff WriterMarch 29, 2014

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.


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