Arsenal fan player ratings v City - journalists haven't a clue

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This Arsenal fan was quick to slag off our Arsenal outfield player ratings for the 1-1 draw with Manchester City at the Emirates on Saturday, so we decided it only fair to let him give his view from the terraces:

And starting off, we have three Arsenal players who really turned up against Manchester City:

Sagna - 9

He was excellent throughout. His didnt shirk any tackles, was never caught out of position and ran tirelessly for the whole match. Sagna was also able to take on and beat Manchester City defenders to get in key crosses, including the one that allowed Flamini to score. 

Flamini - 9

Flamini worked in a very determined and highly effective way marshalling the midfield. He also put in very firm tackles and through perseverance and hard work scored the equalizer. The Frenchman could also have scored the winner, but was unable to keep his shot down. He displayed great passion and drive, and will be a key player for Arsenal for the rest of the season and beyond.

Gibbs - 9

Gibbs put in a sterllng performance. He continually hassled and harried the Manchester City defence down the left flank. He was able to play in Arsenal's attacking midfielders, and also made many key tackles in the defensive third of the pitch. He used his pace to good effect, and was never caught out of position. Gibbs anticipated the Manchester City left-sided attacks well. A great performance from him, and possibly Arsenal's best player on the day.

Rosicky - 7

He worked hard all game and never gave up, criss- crossing the park in his quest to find openings.

Mertesacker - 7

Made many key interceptions, but wasn't his usual consistent self. Frankly, he looked a little jaded and wasn't at his Arsenal best.

Vermaelen - 6

Vermaelen put in a good battling performance against more physically imposing players. He made his presence felt, and was also able to make a number of no-nonsense clearances.

Cazorla - 6

Frequently dribbled into the 18 yard box, but seemed frightened to shoot, instead laying off the ball to the right or left. Cazorla often lost possession, and wasn't strong enough on the ball; he was easily pushed off, and clearly needs to spend more time down the Arsenal gym..

Arteta - 5

Very poor in midfield, and not quick enough to lay-off passes. Arteta has no real pace, and at times appeared to be disinterested in the game unless the ball was immediately in front of him.

Podolski - 3

Slow and cumbersome. Podolski failed to make any runs down the left midfield when Arsenal midfielders were in possession and looking to penetrate the Manchester City defence. He should also have scored when one-on-one with the Manchester City keeper, and got caught in possession on the edge of the 18 yard box which led to the Manchester City goal.

Giroud - 2

Totally bereft of ideas. As the lone Arsenal striker, Giroud continually lost control and gave ball away. He didn't muster a single shot on goal throughout the whole game. He also failed to direct a free header from a corner on target, and failed to pose any threat inside the Manchester City 18 yard box. All in all, an atrocious performance.


Oxlade-Chamberlain - 9

From the moment he came on, Oxlade-Chamberlain was able to quicken the pace of the game. With rapid movement and a quick brain, he breached the Manchester City defence many times and breathed new life into the Arsenal attack.  He should have been brought on earlier.

Sanogo - 3

Completely out of his depth. He failed to win a single ball in the air, and is nowhere near ready for this level of football. Under normal circumstances he wouldn't even make the Arsenal reserve team.

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