Arsenal Player Ratings: Ozil struggles again, Szczesny stars

How did Arsenal's players rate in the drab 0-0 draw with Manchester United?

Here are the ratings for Arsene Wenger's side...

Wojciech Szczesny – 8 STAR MAN – the Polish international was in top form, making a smart save from Robin van Persie in the first minute of the game, before making the save of the match by clawing van Persie's goalbound header on to the cross bar.

Bacary Sagna – 6 – Nothing particularly special from the Frenchman, neither defending nor going forward. Needs to improve if he is to deserve a bumper new contract at the Emirates Stadium.

Per Mertesacker – 7 – A solid performance from Mertesacker, though his immobility was sometimes exposed as United got in behind a couple of times during the game.

Laurent Koscielny – 7 – Unlucky not to score with a second half header that was cleared off the line, whilst also putting in a decent display in defence too.

Kieran Gibbs – 7 – Gibbs was restored to the side after Nacho Monreal featured against Liverpool, and Gibbs had a good game, offering Arsenal natural width down the left hand side.

Tomas Rosicky – 7 – Rosicky exhibited the usual hustle and bustle early on and was one of the few shining lights from Arsenal's midfield.

Mikel Arteta – 6 – Arteta's mistake in the first minute of the game almost put Arsenal behind, and whilst he looked off the pace in the early stages, he somewhat recovered.

Jack Wilshere – 6 – Wilshere showed some of his talent early on with a great run into the box, but faded off more and more as the game wore on, proving ineffectual in the Arsenal midfield.

Mesut Ozil – 5 – Another disappointing display from Arsenal's £42.5m man. Ozil completely failed to impose himself on the game. Ozil looked languid and ponderous in possession, and failed to unlock a stern Manchester United defence.

Santi Cazorla – 7 – Cazorla came close to breaking the deadlock on a number of occasions, and was very busy around the box as he looked to provide Arsenal's creative spark.

Olivier Giroud – 5 – Arsenal's top goalscorer missed a number of golden opportunities for Arsenal, and failed to get much joy against Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand. In big games like this, Arsene Wenger needs much more out of his number one striker.


Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – n/a – Didn't have enough time on the pitch to make an impact.

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