Man City vs Arsenal player rating as City and Arsenal draw at Premier League Title Clash

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Premier League leaders at the start of the day, Arsenal headed to the Etihad in the late kick-off looking to claim their first win at the reigning champions since 2015.

But it was reigning champions Manchester City who made the brighter start to the game as Arsenal looked to create some real rhythm with their passing. However, it was Mikel Arteta’s side who had the first shot in anger as Gabriel Jesus fired into the side netting.

The home side continued to dominate possession, with Arsenal’s full-backs having to double as full-backs, but there was no way for Guardiola as Nathan Aké headed a corner straight at David Ray.

However, injury-marred City’s early dominance as Nathan Aké withdrew with a calf problem and was replaced by Rico Lewis just before the half-hour mark.

Arsenal rose to half-time and Jesus missed two more half-time chances as the visitors’ confidence grew.

However, it remained goalless at the break with very little for either keeper.

The 2nd half sprang into life immediately as Mateo Kovacic struggled to tame as Arsenal went close when Jesus narrowly missed Bukayo Saka’s cross at the far post.

Both sides rolled the dice from the bench, with Doku and Grealish coming in for Fray instead of Foden and Kovacic, while the Gunners opted for Thomas Partey and Takehiro Tomiyasa.

Far from a Premier League classic, it went goalless heading into the dying moments and both sides perhaps more afraid of losing than wanting to win, it ended the same way.

Manchester City player ratings

GK: Stefan Ortega – 5/10 

RB: Manuel Akanji – 6/10 

CB: Ruben Dias – 6/10 

CB: Nathan Ake – N/A –

LB: Josko Gvardiol – 6/10 

DM: Rodri – 8/10

RM: Bernardo Silva – 5/10 

CM: Kevin De Bruyne – 5/10 

CM: Mateo Kovacic – 5/10 

LM: Phil Foden – 5/10 

ST: Erling Haaland – 4/10 

SUB: Rico Lewis (’25 for Ake) – 5/10

SUB: Jeremy Doku (60′ for Foden) – 5/10

SUB: Jack Grealish (60′ for Kovacic) – 5/10

Arsenal player ratings

GK: David Raya – 6/10 

RB: Ben White – 6/10 

CB: William Saliba – 8/10

CB: Gabriel Magalhaes – 7/10 

LB: Jakub Kiwior – 4/10 

CM: Martin Odegaard – 5/10 

CM: Declan Rice – 6/10 

CM: Jorginho – 5/10 

RW: Bukayo Saka – 5/10 

ST: Kai Havertz – 4/10 –

LW: Gabriel Jesus – 4/10

SUB: Thomas Partey (65′ for Jorginho) – 6/10

SUB: Leandro Trossard (71′ for Jesus) – 5/10

SUB: Gabriel Martinelli (77′ for Saka) – 5/10

Player of the match: William Saliba (Arsenal)

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