Arsene Wenger may not have beaten José Mourinho today, but Arsenal pulled a point from nowhere against Manchester United.
The home side were on top for almost the entire match – they had the shots, the chances and the opening goal through Juan Mata was entirely deserved.
Arsenal, meanwhile, had no shots on target in the first half, and that became no shots at all in the second, right up to the point where Olivier Giroud’s 89th minute header powered past David de Gea.
Once again, Wenger has been stifled by his nemesis – twelve league games without a win against Mourinho, and no Premier League wins from ten at Old Trafford. However, this was a vital, vital point to take from the jaws of defeat.
Manchrester United Player Ratings
David De Gea – 6: Had nothing to do other than pick the ball out of the net in the last minute. Could do nothing for the goal, which was Arsenal’s only shot on target.
Antonio Valencia – 8: An early return from injury but that was in no way obvious. Tore down the right at every opportunity, and gave Arsenal left-back Monreal a fierce battle throughout.
Marcos Rojo – 6.5: Picked on by Arsenal to an extent, but this was one of Rojo’s more composed games. Probably not enough to nail down a place.
Phil Jones – 6.5: It was all going so well until Giroud scored. Jones was solid again and kept Arsenal’s forwards quiet, for the most part.
Matteo Darmian – 6: Could have been sent off, didn’t make a particularly big impact, Daley Blind or Luke Shaw to take his place for the next game.
Michael Carrick – 6: Mourinho was right to start Carrick in midfield, but the veteran midfielder was quiet.
Ander Herrera – 7: More withdrawn than perhaps he would have liked, but Herrera did his job (and some of Carrick’s) to his usual efficient standard.
Paul Pogba – 7: The ball stuck to his feet at times (in a good way). Showed flashes of quality without taking command of the midfield, but was definitely one of Man United’s better performers.
Juan Mata – 8: Man United’s biggest threat in both halves, tested Cech in the first half and took his goal extremely well in the second.
Anthony Martial – 5.5: Could have made more of an impact against nervous Jenkinson, but his own poor form never allowed that to happen. Not quite anonymous (he had one decent shot) but not too far off it.
Marcus Rashford – 5: If this was his audition to be a striker in a Mourinho team, he failed it. Will need to work hard to convince the manager to give him another go at leading the line.
Wayne Rooney (Martial 63) – 6: More physical than Rashford in attack but didn’t justify Mourinho giving him half an hour.
Daley Blind (Darmian 64) – 7: Much better than Darmian when he came on. Interacted with those ahead of him to a much better standard.
Morgan Schneiderlin (Mata 85) – N/A: Had no time to make an impact.
Arsenal Player Ratings
Petr Cech – 7: Made a couple of good saves from Mata and Martial. Could do little for the goal.
Carl Jenkinson – 6.5: Nervous at the beginning, but Martial’s failure to come at him enough allowed Jenkinson to grow in confidence and looked a threat on the right at times.
Shkodran Mustafi – 7: Very good positoning to keep Rashford quiet throughout. Seemed to have a better grasp of the game than his defensive partner.
Laurent Koscielny – 6.5: Commanding in the air, less so on the ground. A mixed afternoon for Koscielny.
Nacho Monreal – 5: Struggled pretty badly agaisnt Valencia aganstt him. Clumsy tackle on the Ecuadorian at one point which could easily have resulted in a penalty.
Francis Coquelin – 5.5: Allowed Pogba and Mata in behind him far too often. Coquelin’s job is to protect the defence and in that regard he was found wanting repeatedly.
Mohamed Elneny – 5: A similar afternoon to Coquelin next to him, with the added problem of his passing being particularly wayward.
Theo Walcott – 5: Played it safe and it cost him. Should have made way more of Darmian’s stuggles on the same side, but retreated into himself on too many occasions.
Mesut Özil – 4.5: Anonymous. Utterly anonymous. Granted, Arsenal struggled to make space in attacking areas but part of Özil’s job is to find that space and he just didn’t do that.
Aaron Ramsey – 5.5: A poor performance out of his usual position. Wenger was right to take Alex Iwobi out of the firing line but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was surely much more deserving of a start.
Alexis Sánchez – 5.5: Passed fit to play late in the game. Isolated, which meant he had to come deep, leaving nobody to aim for up front. Stifled easily and lacked match sharpness.
Olivier Giroud (Elneny 73) – 7: Scored the equaliser, and seems to be carving out a role for himself in the team as a powerful option from the bench. Offers something different and showed his worth today.
Granit Xhaka (Coquelin 80) – N/A: Did little of note but managed to get himself booked.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Jenkinson 83) – 7: Should have started, and showed exactly why that was by supplying the cross for Giroud’s equaliser.
Complete our survey below to be in with a chance of winning a Pundit Arena jersey!