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April 28, 2013 11:00 AM EDT
Emirates Stadium — London
Referee:‬ P. Dowd‎
Attendance:‬ 60112‎
 
Robin van Persie 44′ (PG)
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Arsenal 1-1 Manchester United

Former Gunner Robin van Persie earned the Red Devils a point from the penalty spot after Theo Walcott had given the Dutchman's former employer an early lead at the Emirates.

By John Stammers

  • Wojciech Szczesny
    70
    9
    2.50

    Wojciech Szczesny

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

  • Bacary Sagna
    17
    80
    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
    60
    10
    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
    91
    9
    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
    33
    18
    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
    71
    12
    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 Went close just after the break but was then withdrawn for Wilshere.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
    23
    2.50

    Mikel Arteta

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

  • Aaron Ramsey
    43
    28
    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
    52
    15
    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
    29
    39
    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
    53
    9
    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
    46
    11
    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
    35
    17

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

    A late replacement for Ramsey.

  • Gervinho
    17
    36
    2.50

    Gervinho

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

  • David de Gea
    43
    19
    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
    29
    26
    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
    29
    25
    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
    38
    21
    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
    37
    17
    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
    21
    26
    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
    14
    37
    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
    38
    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
    38
    26
    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
    32
    33
    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
    52
    39
    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
    28
    18

    Anderson

    Came on for Rafael with 15 minutes left.

  • Ryan Giggs
    35
    16

    Ryan Giggs

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

  • Javier Hernández
    42
    20

    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
29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Man City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man United
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
15 0