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Honours ended even at the Emirates after Liverpool came back from going a goal behind to draw with Arsenal. Goal.com rates the performers …

ARSENAL

Almunia: 7.0 - Could do nothing about Keane’s goal but claimed two Gerrard strikes comfortably and also saved well from Lucas and Kuyt late on.

Sagna: 7.0 – Defensively sound against Riera and Babel. Also got forwards well and a super ball into Adebayor allowed the striker a decent chance which Reina saved.

Djourou: 5.0 – Has to take the blame for some poor defending which allowed Keane in far too easily to score, but improved afterwards.

Gallas: 6.5 – Survived a few scares and did well, particularly against Gerrard in the second half.

Clichy: 6.5 – Had his hands full against Kuyt but he worked hard and yet another strong performance by the full back.

Denilson:  6.5 – Offered little initially but improved after the break and was strong late on after the Gunners had been reduced to ten men.

Fabregas: 6.5 – Lasted only 45 minutes after a knee injury forced him off at half time and the Gunners will hope he will not be out for long.

Song: 6.5 - Improved as the game wore on and looked up for the fight after Adebayor had departed.

Nasri: 7.0 - Back in the side and a wonderful ball to set up Van Persie for the opener. Difficult to knock off the ball and particularly late on  battled really well.

Adebayor: 6.0 – He looked good in possession but departed the contest early after, what he will feel, was a harsh red card.

Van Persie: 7.5 - Superb take and finish for the first goal and battled well after Arsenal had been reduced to 10 men.

Substitutions

Diaby: 6.5 – Replaced Fabregas at half time and whilst he was guilty of the odd misplaced pass he coped well.

Eboue: n/a

LIVERPOOL

Reina: 7.0 - Had no chance with the goal, but coped well with everything else thrown at him. 

Arbeloa: 7.0 – Defensively sound and lumped a good ball forwards for Keane’s opener.

Carragher: 6.5 - Despite a desperate lunge, he couldn’t get to van Persie for his goal but otherwise didn’t have too many problems.

Agger: 7.0 - Composed on the ball and a superb strike late on almost flew into the top corner.

Insua: 7.0 - Replaced Dossena and an improvement on the struggling Italian. Did a solid job down the left and put some good balls into the box.

Kuyt: 6.5 – Busy as always, set up a good chance for Gerrard on the stroke of half time and a decent shot tested Almunia.

Lucas: 6.5 - In for a flu-ridden Mascherano and was quietly effective. Tested Almunia at the start of the second half but the Arsenal stopper was equal to his effort.

Alonso: 6.5 - Neat and tidy in midfield and rarely put a foot wrong.

Riera: 6.0 – Not his best performance in a Liverpool shirt and was replaced by Ryan Babel as the visitors sought the win.

Gerrard: 6.5 - Dropped into some good positions to pick the ball up ahead of the Arsenal defence and had some good shooting opportunities but couldn’t find the target.

Keane: 7.0 - Recalled to the side and a decent display. Good positioning throughout and a superb finish to level the scores.

Substitutions

Babel: 6.0 – Replaced Riera but couldn’t provide a vital contribution.

El Zhar: n/a

Ngog: n/a

Gill Clark, Goal.com

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