Arsenal rescued a 1-1 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.
A late Theo Walcott goal rescued a point for Arsenal as they held Manchester United to a 1-1 draw in a relatively low-key match at Old Trafford.
The build up to the encounter was huge, and the implications in the race for a top three spot and direct Champions League qualification meant there was still plenty to play for at Old Trafford.
However, it turned out to be a bit of an anti-climax as the teams shared the spoils in a game of very few decent chances. Here are the Gunners’ player ratings:
David Ospina 6 - The Colombian ace was kept relatively busy but was rarely forced into dramatic action. Could do little with Ander Herrera’s opening goal for United and distribution was fine.
Hector Bellerin 5 – The young Spaniard was often caught out at the back and struggled to deal with United’s pace on the wing. Replaced after 70 minutes in an attacking change.
Laurent Koscielny 7 – One of the better players on the pitch for Arsene Wenger’s men. Totalled four tackles and five interceptions as he dealt with Radamel Falcao and later Robin van Persie well.
Per Mertesacker 6 – Distribution of the ball could be improved but he used his height to win five aerial duels. Had a tough job in marking Marouane Fellaini but fared well enough in that department.
Nacho Monreal 6 – Question marks over his positioning for United’s goal, but made a number of telling interceptions and clearances.
Francis Coquelin 7 – Another impressive performance from the defensive midfielder. 97% pass accuracy, though made a number of petty fouls.
Santi Cazorla 5 – The Spanish ace has thoroughly outclassed his fellow compatriot Ander Herrera this season, but not on this showing. Was rightfully replaced.
Aaron Ramsey 7 – Arguably the Gunners’ most balanced midfielder. Combined attacking play and defensive duties well.
Mesut Ozil 6 – The German international was better this weekend than he was against Swansea City, making three key passes but still lacking that big-game effect.
Alexis Sanchez 5 – His endeavour and work-rate can’t be questioned, yet the Chilean superstar was never at the races. Loose with his passing, quite subdued in approach play and created little.
Olivier Giroud 6 – A rather flattering score, given his poor second-half miss. Overall play was solid enough, won four aerial battles and had two efforts on goal.
Jack Wilshere 6 – Completed every attempted pass when he came on, looked to get the ball rolling at speed and did well.
Theo Walcott 6 – Offered very little until he popped up with the telling contribution for the Gunners’ equaliser, though whether he will be credited with the goal is open to debate.