[Player Ratings] Man City 2-2 Arsenal: Giroud Shines For Battling Gunners
Arsenal secured a 2-2 draw away to Manchester City this afternoon to put them within just one point of securing a top three finish. Here are player ratings
Arsenal battled well to secure a 2-2 draw away to Manchester City this afternoon to put them within just one point of securing a top three finish.
Sergio Aguero put the hosts ahead before Olivier Giroud equalised for the Gunners with a header in the 10th minute. City restored their advantage with a fine Kevin De Bruyne strike but Arsenal earned a valuable point thanks to a 68th minute goal from Alexis Sanchez.
Here are Gooner Mac’s ratings for Arsene Wenger’s men:
Cech 5/10 | Beaten at his near post for the Aguero goal and should certain have done better to keep out De Bruyne’s effort – which also beat him at his near post. Looked nervy all game.
Bellerin 6/10 | His poor header led to City’s second but otherwise Hector had a solid game.
Gabriel 6/10 | Made a crucial block to deny Aguero a second but like many of his defensive team mates, he looked suspect at the back.
Koscielny 5.5/10 | Made countless clearances and interceptions but Kos actually looked a little of out sorts today.
Monreal 6/10 | Looked suspect at times and was given a tough time by Navas.
Ramsey 5/10 | Another below par display from the Welshman. Plenty of energy but failed to stamp any sort of authority on the game.
Elneny 6.5/10 | Should have done better to deny Aguero a chance to shoot for his goal but otherwise the Egyptian was solid.
Sanchez 6.5/10 | Not at his best for long spells of the game but popped up with a crucial equaliser.
Iwobi 5/10 | Did very little before being taken off early in the second half.
Welbeck N/A | Off early with a serious knee injury.
Giroud 7/10 | Ended his 14-game drought with a fine header and assisted Sanchez with a beautiful lay-off. Much better contribution from the Frenchman.
Wilshere 6/10 | Got stuck in but looked a yard off the pace – which is understandable.
Walcott 5/10 | Offered a direct threat but wasted a great chance to score.
Coquelin N/A | On too late
The result was a very positive one considering we played pretty poorly and created very few chances overall. Now we need a point at home to Aston Villa to guarantee third spot while a win would see us steal second if Spurs lose at Newcastle.
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