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April 28, 2013 8:30 PM IST
Emirates Stadium — London
Referee:‬ P. Dowd‎
Attendance:‬ 60112‎
 
Robin van Persie 44′ (PG)
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Arsenal 1-1 Manchester United

Ex-Gunner Robin van Persie earned the Red Devils a point from the penalty spot after Theo Walcott had given the Dutchman's former employers an early lead at the Emirates Stadium

By John Stammers

  • Wojciech Szczesny
    41
    10
    2.50

    Wojciech Szczesny

    Saved brilliantly with his face to deny Van Persie and had little else to do.

  • Bacary Sagna
    12
    63
    1.50

    Bacary Sagna Flop of the Match

    Got forward when he could but didn't offer a great final ball. Gave away the penalty for Van Persie's goal with a poor challenge having also given the ball away in his own half.

  • Per Mertesacker
    50
    9
    3.00

    Per Mertesacker

    Had a decent game at the back as he dealt with most that came his way and put some brave tackles in.

  • Laurent Koscielny
    68
    12
    3.00

    Laurent Koscielny Top of the Match

    Made some good interceptions and strong tackles in an impressive game. Went close with a decent volley too.

  • Kieran Gibbs
    25
    16
    2.50

    Kieran Gibbs

    Worked hard up and down the left wing and made some good challenges. Could have done better with the ball in the final third.

  • Tomas Rosicky
    57
    7
    3.00

    Tomas Rosicky

    Played Walcott in for the opener and continued to thread some balls into the other front men. Went close just after the break but was then withdrawn for Wilshere.

  • Mikel Arteta
    37
    8
    2.50

    Mikel Arteta

    Helped tick Arsenal along in their bright opening but could have been more creative later in the game.

  • Aaron Ramsey
    44
    14
    2.50

    Aaron Ramsey

    Did okay in midfield but picked the wrong option when he broke with Podolski and Walcott. Was a bit sloppy with his passing in a few other good openings too. Sacrificed for Oxlade-Chamberlain late on.

  • Santi Cazorla
    35
    16
    2.50

    Santi Cazorla

    Tested De Gea with a fine long range strike but was slightly off the pace thereafter. Wasted a free-kick in a good position. Forced the United goalkeeper into a smart save late on.

  • Lukas Podolski
    25
    27
    2.00

    Lukas Podolski

    Wasn't much of a threat in behind and failed to really get on the ball, though he did test De Gea with one decent effort. Brought off with 20 minutes left.

  • Theo Walcott
    39
    16
    2.50

    Theo Walcott

    Looked offside for his goal but finished well. Failed to build on his good start, though, as he didn't get the chance to run at players.

Substitutions

  • Jack Wilshere
    30
    14
    2.50

    Jack Wilshere

    Brought on with around an hour played and helped Arsenal keep the ball in midfield, but unable to create any chances of note.

  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
    25
    10

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

    A late replacement for Ramsey.

  • Gervinho
    14
    25
    2.50

    Gervinho

    Given 20 minutes to make an impact, but failed to do so.

  • David de Gea
    31
    10
    2.50

    David de Gea

    Could have been quicker off his line for Walcott's goal but saved well from Cazorla soon after. Was a bit wasteful with the ball as he rushed a few clearances. Denied Cazorla again late on.

  • Rafael
    21
    22
    2.50

    Rafael

    Not able to get forward as much as he normally does but solid enough at the back. Brought off with around 15 minutes left.

  • Patrice Evra
    18
    20
    2.50

    Patrice Evra

    Was just about playing Walcott offside for his goal, but could have made it clearer by stepping up further. Otherwise a solid game.

  • Phil Jones
    24
    19
    2.50

    Phil Jones

    Tackled tough and worked hard in midfield but gave away some cheap fouls and played some sloppy passes. Should have done better with a header after Van Persie's cross, and then again just before the break. Strong defensively in the second half.

  • Rio Ferdinand
    32
    13
    3.00

    Rio Ferdinand

    Solid performance in defence as he dealt with the minimal threats that came his way and positioned himself well.

  • Jonny Evans
    22
    15
    2.50

    Jonny Evans

    Made numerous important interceptions at the back - though gave Rosicky too much space as he set up Walcott's opener.

  • Antonio Valencia
    10
    32
    2.00

    Antonio Valencia

    Didn't threaten a great deal on the right flank and when he got in good positions his final ball was often poor. Caught on the ball in the build-up to a Podolski chance.

  • Michael Carrick
    27
    13
    3.00

    Michael Carrick

    Kept the ball well in midfield and made some good decisive forward passes. Was also dominant at the back too.

  • Nani
    21
    21
    2.50

    Nani

    Looked dangerous when running with the ball and created a good chance for Van Persie. Influence waned and was brought off late on.

  • Wayne Rooney
    24
    27
    2.00

    Wayne Rooney

    Had a poor game and was unable to influence proceedings at all in the first half. Forced Szczesny into a decent save after the break. Brought off very late on.

  • Robin van Persie
    40
    34
    3.00

    Robin van Persie

    Gave away the ball in the build-up to Walcott's opener and fired wayward soon after. Set up one chance for Jones and should have scored a header himself. Booked for a wild challeng but got the equaliser on his return to the Emirates Stadium with an emphatic penalty.

Substitutions

  • Anderson
    18
    15

    Anderson

    Came on for Rafael with 15 minutes left.

  • Ryan Giggs
    21
    14

    Ryan Giggs

    A late sub for Nani, he hesitated when presented with a fine chance right at the death.

  • Javier Hernández
    20
    13

    Javier Hernández

    Came on very late on for Rooney.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
16 0
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man. United
15 2