Man City 0-0 Arsenal: Player ratings as title rivals play out stalemate

  • Arsenal defended superbly to earn point at the Etihad
  • Few chances for both sides amid cagey, dull affair
  • Liverpool top of the table after earlier win

Arsenal fought hard for a point at the Etihad
Arsenal fought hard for a point at the Etihad / Michael Regan/GettyImages
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Arsenal fought hard for a point at Manchester City on Sunday afternoon, with the Premier League title rivals playing out a pretty dull stalemate.

Liverpool's victory over Brighton meant they returned to the top of the table before kick-off at the Etihad, and Reds supporters would've been hoping for a draw between the two title rivals.

There was little to separate the two sides in what was a cagey first half, with City further hindered by injuries as Nathan Ake trudged off midway through the opening period. The hosts suffocated Arsenal, but their sound defensive structure meant David Raya wasn't tested. City handed them moments to pounce in transition, but the Gunners were far from ruthless in the final third. Gabriel Jesus came close on a couple of occasions.

A string of challenges ignited a spark at the start of the second half, with Arsenal hunting Sky Blue shirts with more vigour closer to Stefan Ortega's goal.

Changes were run as the contest progressed, but an air of caginess remained prevalent with neither manager keen on tasting defeat. It was always going to be a bout defined by a moment or two, and while both teams threatened to produce a killer blow late on, it never arrived.

Liverpool fans got their wish, although both teams will be pretty content with a point apiece.


Man City 0-0 Arsenal player ratings

Here are the Arsenal player ratings from Sunday's stalemate.

Gabriel
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Goalkeeper & Defenders

David Raya (GK) - 6/10 - Thought he could've been more in proactive in possession. Also struggled for consistency with his kicking throughout. Arsenal's excellent defensive showing meant he had little to do in terms of shot-stopping.

Ben White (RB) - 8/10 - Arsenal's primary outlet in the first half, White was up for it from the get-go. Aggressive defensively and put his body on the line when he needed to.

William Saliba (CB) - 8.5/10 - Shook off a nervy opening in possession and produced a stellar performance, especially in the second half. Was immensely composed in all phases, winning a couple of big duels in and around the box.

Gabriel (CB) - 9.5/10 - Saw plenty of Erling Haaland on this occasion and relished the duel. Whenever City got a sniff in the final third, Gabriel was there to nullify the threat. A centre-back display of the highest order.

Jakub Kiwior (LB) - 5/10 - Slack in the opening 30 minutes and looked like he might've been in trouble against the wily Bernardo Silva. No surprise he was withdrawn just after the hour.

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