Five observations from Arsenal's 1-1 draw with Man United - Ramsey and Coquelin feature

Aaron Ramsey

Arsenal put in a mixed performance at Old Trafford, but got a good result out of it, though Ozil again went missing.

This was proof that Arsenal need competition for Coquelin

Don't get me wrong, the young Frenchman did relatively well against what was a combative and impressive Manchester United midfield, but what Coquelin would really benefit from now was having another top quality defensive midfielder coming in, to see if he could continue to raise his game as much as he has done this year. Coquelin lost Fellaini leading up to the United goal, and was given a tough afternoon by Ashley Young at times, but he has been a revelation for the Gunners and could do with some competition.

Aaron Ramsey really is back to his best

The Welshman may not have got on the scoresheet at Old Trafford, but he was outstanding for the visitors, especially when he was moved into a more central area. The 24-year-old has done well out wide in recent weeks, scoring a couple of goals from the wing, but he demonstrated to his manager that if the Gunners are to get the best out of someone who is a special midfield talent, the centre is where he has to play. Only there can he ping sumptuous balls out to a rapid winger like Walcott like he did in the lead up to the goal.

Mesut Ozil was again missing when it mattered most

One player who failed to impress was Mesut Ozil, who on the whole has been playing pretty well since the turn of the year. Once again though he failed to have an impact in what was a high profile game against a direct rival. His status as Arsenal's record signing should mean that these are the matches where the German shows everyone what he's all about - instead, rather predictably, he was off the pace.

Theo Walcott reminded everyone what he can bring to Arsenal

The England international will surely be frustrated with how his season has gone since returning from his knee injury. The 26-year-old has under 600 minutes to his name for the Gunners this season, and with contract talks on the agenda, he will have been happy to come off the bench to force the own goal from Tyler Blackett. His raw pace makes him Arsenal's most direct attacking threat when he's on form, and he underlined that he still has a role to play for Arsene Wenger.

Arsenal succeeded where Man City, Liverpool and Spurs failed

It certainly wasn't Arsenal's best performance of 2015, but what was an important marker for Wenger, his side hung in there and got a draw and could have even pushed for a winner. This is the sort of result they need to continue to get next season if they wish to challenge, really challenge for the league. It is noticeable that, of the rest of the top six sides, only Chelsea came to Old Trafford and won a point. Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham all lost heavily, so to leave with something is a decent achievement.

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