3 standout players from Arsenal's draw at Man City

  • Arsenal defended superbly in draw at Man City
  • Centre-backs dominant
  • Liverpool move to the top of the table

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Arsenal took a point from their visit to Manchester to remain unbeaten against their title rivals in the league this season.

It was a cagey affair with the visitors forced to defend for the majority of the game. Manchester City came closest in the first half through Nathan Ake, but his shot which bounced off of his shoulder was straight at David Raya.

That was the only shot on target for the home side, with the Gunners defence able to keep City’s forwards quiet. Arsenal looked threatening on the break and should have scored through Gabriel Jesus. The Brazilian was just inches away from reaching an enticing Bukayo Saka cross.

The full-time whistle saw the game end goalless, leaving Arsenal in second place with nine games left to play in this enthralling title race.

3 standout players from Arsenal's draw at Man City

1. William Saliba

William Saliba
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Arsenal were without William Saliba at the Etihad last season and came unstuck, falling to defeat and eventually missing out on the Premier League title. If there were any lingering doubts about how sorely he was missed, it was proven today.

The Frenchman was immense at the back and alongside Gabriel, completely neutralised the threat of Erling Haaland. Manchester City managed only one shot on target in the entire match.

Saliba had an 80% duel success rate, winning all six ground duels and two out of four aerial duels he was involved in. In possession, he was calm and collected as always, successfully completing 25 passes.

However, Saliba cannot take all the credit, his centre-back partner was equally pivotal in Arsenal’s defensive masterclass…

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