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1 vs 1
Played
April 28, 2013 4:00 PM BST
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
    202
    35
    2.50

    Wojciech Szczesny

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

  • Bacary Sagna
    60
    339
    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
    201
    38
    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
    337
    42
    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
    138
    55
    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
    282
    28
    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 Went close just after the break but was then withdrawn for Wilshere.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
    162
    52
    2.50

    Mikel Arteta

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

  • Aaron Ramsey
    144
    100
    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
    166
    67
    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
    77
    159
    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
    175
    84
    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
    130
    80
    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
    130
    61

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

    A late replacement for Ramsey.

  • Gervinho
    52
    139
    2.50

    Gervinho

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

  • David de Gea
    171
    46
    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
    112
    77
    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
    99
    90
    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
    129
    83
    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
    151
    54
    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
    94
    80
    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
    71
    152
    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
    135
    65
    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
    117
    102
    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
    116
    135
    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
    175
    196
    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
    78
    78

    Anderson

    Came on for Rafael with 15 minutes left.

  • Ryan Giggs
    98
    70

    Ryan Giggs

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

  • Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez
    97
    66

    Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez

    Came on very late on for Rooney.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
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Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
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20 0
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Midfielder
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18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
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15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
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15 0