Arsenal 0-0 Manchester United: The Player Ratings
The Gunners were indebted to keeper Wojciech Szczesny, who’s stunning reflex save tipped former Arsenal man Robin van Persie’s point-blank header onto the bar in the second half.
Santi Cazorla could well have snatched it late on for Arsenal, but saw his goal-bound shot saved by United keeper David De Gea.
Here are the player ratings:
Wojciech Szczesny: 8/10
Let Mikel Arteta off the hook with a save in the opening minutes from Van Persie, and produced a fine one handed stop to deny the Dutchman in the final few minutes.
Kieran Gibbs: 7/10
Made some fine runs down the flanks, and was a real threat for the Gunners coming forward.
Per Mertesacker: 6/10
Solid yet unspectacular from the big German. A little lumbering for the big Van Persie chance.
Laurent Koscielny: 7/10
A few decent challenges, and kept Rooney in his pocket all game. Saw a goal-bound header cleared off the line by Valencia.
Bacary Sagna: 6/10
Was done by Evra midway through the game, but recovered well.
Jack Wilshere: 6/10
A frustrating evening for Arsenal’s little terrier. Hit and miss both in attack and defence.
Mikel Arteta: 6/10
Endured a horror early moment when he gifted the ball to Van Persie, but picked himself up well, and made some crucial interceptions.
Santi Cazorla: 7/10
Came alive in the last half-an-hour, and could well have scored had it not been for a sprawling save from De Gea.
Mesut Ozil: 5/10
Normal Ozil unfortunately for Arsenal fans. A few nice shimmies, but nothing truly penetrative from the German.
Tomas Rosicky: 6/10
Bust a gut for his side, but failed to provide the cutting edge. Came off for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the second half.
Olivier Giroud: 6/10
Worked tirelessly, and almost scored from Sagna’s second-half cross. You feel like he is lacking something however…
David De Gea: 7/10
Some super late saves, and a real presence in the box.
Nothing much from the tenacious right-back, and was replaced by Rio Ferdinand in the second half, who did well to stem the Arsenal tide.
Nemanja Vidic: 7/10
A rock in the heart of the United defence. Contained the threat of Giroud, and headed bravely away form Mertesacker near the end.
Chris Smalling: 6/10
Comfortable at centre-back in the first half, and made a decent go of it at right-back in the second.
Patrice Evra: 6/10
Got forward when he could, but nearly gave Ozil a fantastic chance to score near the end after a silly foul.
Tom Cleverley: 5/10
Largely anonymous and rarely forward-thinking, the England man will undoubtedly come in for further criticism for another unmotivated performance.
Michael Carrick: 7/10
Some decent interceptions, and almost set up Smalling with a delightful little flick-on from Mata’s freekick.
Antonio Valencia: 6/10
Tried to get forward, but couldn’t link up effectively with Van Persie up top. Cleared off the line from Koscielny’s header.
Came off for Ashley Young late on.
Juan Mata: 6/10
A few interesting-looking passes, but still doesn’t seem to be on the same wavelength as his new teammates.
Came off for Adnan Januzaj late on.
Wayne Rooney: 5/10
Bar the fabulous ball over to Van Persie for the chance of the match, it was arguably one of Rooney’s quietest games this season.
Robin van Persie: 5/10
Was not his usual clinical self, and should have scored with one of his two clear-cut chances. Was starved of service throughout however, and did well to keep his head up.
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