Arsenal v Manchester City
Barclays Premier League
Kick off: September 13th, 2014 13.45 PM BST
Pretty much like when we played in March our match against the champions saw us come back after conceding first but at the end we had to deal with eternal dilemma whether we gained one point or lost two. At some point, both claims are true.
Here are the player ratings from Saturday match.
Wojciech Szczesny | 7.0: After he had collected sixteen clean sheets last season he has had problems with a leaky defence this term. Lack of commanding presence at set-pieces might be the biggest obstacle for Szczesny to enter the hall of fame of the best goalkeepers in the world. Still, he made a few good saves today and helped us stretch our streak without defeat to fourteen games.
Mathieu Debuchy | 7.0: His injury looked ugly and it seems it was a serious one that will keep the Frenchman on the sidelines for an unknown period. He did well today prior to injury, was on the receiving end of Özil’s pass in the second half but couldn’t find the net. Hopefully Chambers will fill the gap caused by Debuchy’s injury.
Per Mertesacker | 6.0: BFG didn’t look very assuring tonight and it seems that our German contingent is still celebrating the World Cup victory. He wasn’t there to prevent Agüero from scoring and he shares the blame for the late equalizer with the rest of the defence.
Laurent Koscielny | 7.0: Made a lot of crucial interventions and during one of those nearly scored an own goal. Consecutive clearances in the second half spring to mind first. Still, we don’t get enough safety from set-pieces this season.
Nacho Monreal | 6.0: He is the second biggest victim of Özil being played on the left side. He gets outnumbered on the regular basis and that’s why I called for Alexis or Welbeck playing down the left side – either of them would have made Zabaleta and Jesus Navas less dangerous, especially when Zabaleta earned a yellow card.
Aaron Ramsey | 6.0: It seems he didn’t train enough with the rest of the team after that knock against Andorra. Was involved in Wilshere’s equalizer but that was it. His long shots are yet to find the net this season. Perhaps he keeps his bullets for Dortmund and a second winner in a row at Signal Iduna Park.
Mathieu Flamini | 6.0: He didn’t repeat a wonderful performance from March against the same opponents. His limits were heavily exploited today.
Alexis Sánchez | 8.0: Wonderful volley from the non-stop working Chilean who has scored in each of the last three games. He is a constant menace and looks worth every penny paid to Barcelona this summer.
Jack Wilshere | 8.5: MOTM. The Englishman stepped up and delivered the final product – a goal and an assist for Alexis. His contribution didn’t stop there – he was battling from the first second of the match to the last.
Mesut Özil | 6.0: Looked like he didn’t wear the right boots in the first half, looked a bit better in the second half. His touches were either too heavy or too sloppy. He is yet to show up in big matches for us but with pacey attackers like ours he should fix that soon.
Danny Welbeck | 7.0: Could have had a dream debut but his beautiful chip was stopped by the inside of the post. Had two more chances to score but first he was stopped by Zabaleta and then, after cramps let him go for a few seconds, his curler from the outside of the box ended just a little bit wide. A promising debut from the Englishman who kept heaping pressure on the opponents’ defenders. Wenger’s remark about his link-up play is valid one though.
Calum Chambers | 6.0: Conceded a corner after which Demichelis scored an equalizer and failed to close down Kolarov when the Serbian hit the post but also showed how composed he can be with his clearances and while bringing the ball forward when we play out of defence. He’ll get a lot of minutes in the forthcoming period due to Debuchy’s injury.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain | N/A: Didn’t have enough time to leave a mark on the game. Perhaps he should have replaced Welbeck earlier, at 2:1.
Mikel Arteta| N/A: Just like Ox, Arteta entered the pitch to add more precise passing to our game.