Arsenal 2-2 Man City – player ratings

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Arsenal didn’t lose today, which was nice. But we didn’t win either. Ho hum.

The 2-2 draw with Pep Guardiola’s erratic Manchester City doesn’t really do either side much good at this point of the season, however, it’s something to build on for Arsene Wenger who has never experienced such a poor run of form in his entire time in N5.

Here’s how the player’s rated…

DO
13
6.5
NM
18
7.5
HB
24
5.5
SM
20
7
LK
6
6.5
GX
29
6
FC
34
5.5
11
5
TW
14
6
DW
23
6
AS
7
6
DO
13
7
NM
18
8
HB
24
6.5
SM
20
7.5
LK
6
7
GX
29
6.5
FC
34
6
11
6
TW
14
7
DW
23
6.5
AS
7
6.5
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13: David Ospina

7
arseblog
6.5
Readers
36

Made some decent saves to be fair, but could he have got down quicker to stop Aguero's goal? The doubt is enough for me to deduct a half mark.

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18: Nacho Monreal

8
arseblog
7.5
Readers
14

Really solid game from Monreal who a few times this season has struggled to cope with the pace of opponents. Six interceptions, four clearances and repeatedly overlapped with Alexis as well. Gets an extra half mark for getting away with a late handball in the area.

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24: Hector Bellerin

6.5
arseblog
5.5
Readers
37

83% pass completion, speedy on the break but had his hands full dealing with the trickery of Sane who got the better of him for the opener.

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20: Shkodran Mustafi

7.5
arseblog
7
Readers
54

Climbed high to score his second goal in Arsenal colours, won 3/4 tackles, grabbed his customary booking, moaned a lot and marshalled well in Kos' absence.

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6: Laurent Koscielny

7
arseblog
6.5
Readers
5

Only 45 minutes of action before being forced off with an Achilles problem. For once we didn't ship a shedload of goals in his absence. Yay for small mercies.

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29: Granit Xhaka

6.5
arseblog
6
Readers
53

Sprayed a few nice passes around but playing alongside Coquelin doesn't bring out the best in him. Naturally, he got a booking for mistiming a sliding challenge but did well given the circumstances after that.

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34: Francis Coquelin

6
arseblog
5.5
Readers
40

80% pass completion and stayed disciplined after his booking. Loses three marks for not being N'Golo Kante...not that it's his fault.

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11: Mesut Özil

6
arseblog
5
Readers
28

Created three chances, claims an assist for the corner converted by Mustafi but he's really low on confidence and his energy levels dropped alarmingly in the latter stages. Criminally bad ball that led to Aguero's goal. Clear it!

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14: Theo Walcott

7
arseblog
6
Readers
11

Was he lucky to still be on the pitch to score? It's kinda hard to tell if he was trying to make a challenge or pirouette on the ball when he clashed with Fernandinho...either way, it didn't look pretty. Snaffled his goal well.

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23: Danny Welbeck

6.5
arseblog
6
Readers
39

Ran himself into the ground and was a handful for Ottamendi and Stones. Didn't get much service though.

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7: Alexis Alexis

6.5
arseblog
6
Readers
38

Not his best game in Arsenal colours. Lots of darting, dinking runs (7/11 take ons), 11 ball recoveries...but also bad decision making with his passes. Only had one shot that went wide.

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12: Olivier Giroud

5
arseblog
4.5
Readers
29

Jumped for a few headers.

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5: Gabriel .

6.5
arseblog
6.5
Readers
44

Pretty solid half next to Mustafi. No real complaints.

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17: Alex Iwobi

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arseblog
5.5
Readers
46

13 minutes on the pitch, one nice jinking run.

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Bonus rating: 10/10 on the bravery front for the Man City mascot who admitted in a pre-game interview that he'd fallen down the stairs at his hotel before the game and could barely walk. He still moved faster than Mesut Ozil though.

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