In what was essentially a battle for a direct place in the Champions League next season neither Manchester City nor Arsenal could overcome their defensive issues to win the game in what ended a 2-2 stalemate.
At the end of the day, Arsenal can feel happy with the result as we came back twice from being a goal down. We now have a good chance to secure third place and a very slight chance to pip Spuds for second.
Here are the player ratings from the game:
Petr Čech 5.5
The Czech goalkeeper entered the match as the joint leader in the race for the Golden Glove (15 clean sheets) but he didn’t cover himself in glory. He was beaten at his near post for both Manchester City goals, something that has been a problem for him during the season. How many goals have we conceded outside the box this term? Made a few interventions to save our bacon however.
Hector Bellerin 6.0
He wasn’t that bad as City mostly used our left flank for their attacks, especially in the first half. He didn’t provide too much in attack though as his final ball still leaves a lot to be desired.
Gabriel de Abreu 5.0
Too slow to close down Kevin de Bruyne before their second goal of the game and picked up a silly yellow card. He is still too raw for this level of football and it remains a question if he is ever going to be ready.
Laurent Koscielny 5.0
He wasn’t his usual self…or maybe he was? With all due respect to his performances over the last three years, Koscielny has never learned to organize the defence. He can be (and usually is) our best defensive soldier but he has never become a good commander. Sergio Agüero is, when he is fit and in form, the best striker in the league by a country mile but Koscielny should have done better against him today.
Nacho Monreal 5.0
Was constantly targeted in the first half with his compatriot Jesus Navas very dangerous and, fortunately, wasteful.
Mohammed Elneny 5.0
Elneny has been a good piece of business but he didn’t prove it at Etihad, apart from the assist he picked for Olivier Giroud’s goal. He was largely at fault for Agüero’s opener as he first failed to clear the ball and then didn’t close the Argentinian down properly as the ball went between his legs and into the net. He has had that problem since his debut in the FA Cup match against Burnley – he doesn’t close down with enough aggression and that’s where Francis Coquelin is badly missed.
Aaron Ramsey 5.5
He was battling and battling as usual and made a delightful pass in the second half that should have been rewarded with something. However, he will hardly look back at this season with a sense of pride as he didn’t fill Santi Cazorla’s boots in way we had expected.
Alexis Sánchez 7.0
Alexis was fighting as usual and scored his 13th league goal to keep the race for the clubs top Premier League scorer open down to the last match against Aston Villa. The Chilean scored a fantastic goal after a perfect one-two with Giroud. He has scored at least a goal against every club in the Top 5 and he has been especially effective away from home (a hat-trick against Leicester City, a goal apiece against Spuds and Manchester City). He may have been less effective than in his first season but he has still been our best forward by far and we have to hold onto him next season.
Alex Iwobi 5.0
Another anonymous display from the Nigerian wonderkid. He was replaced by Theo Walcott and that was a good call by Arsene Wenger.
Olivier Giroud 7.5 (MoTM)
He hadn’t scored for 15 league matches but he scored and assisted when it mattered today. The Frenchman quickly replied to Agüero’s opener with a well-taken goal and played a brilliant flick for Alexis’ equalizer in the second half. Impressive display but I still think Arsenal need a better and more reliable central forward than Ollie.
Danny Welbeck N/A
He picked up an early injury and was forced to go off. Hopefully this time his “minor knee injury” won’t see him off the pitch for nine-and-a-half months.
Jack Wilshere 5.0
I was petrified when he flown through the air to make a tackle that could have ended with some sort of consequence for Jack. He is still too rusty to play competitive football which is no wonder given that he had spent almost a whole season on the sidelines…once again. I hope he won’t go to the Euro’s and will just prepare for next season but that is too selfish as Jack wants to represent England at a major tournament.
Theo Walcott 6.0
You haven’t been able to say too many times this season that Theo Walcott brought some spark to our attack after his introduction but that was the case today against Manchester City. The Englishman made a few dangerous runs but his final touch was usual Theo.
Francis Coquelin N/A
The Frenchman’s aggression in the middle of the pitch was missed in the first half. He was the hero of our victory at Etihad last season but this time he was there to shore up the defence.