Manchester 1-1 Arsenal: Man of the Match

The draw with City was a good result, no doubt. And the performance perhaps merited 2 more points, but it was tough game to watch. Despite a positive performance we couldn’t make the breakthrough and it was looking increasingly likely that we wouldn’t get our deserved equaliser. But Koscielny popped up and delivered.

So will it be him who’s been voted as Man of the Match? Or will it be the magic Santi? The Corporal Jenko? The lively Ramsey or someone else? It was up to you to vote, and you did. Thanks for that.

Here’s the 3 players who received the most votes –

Minutes applause

Coming in 3rd place is…

Santi Cazorla –

The little magician has settled in perfectly at Arsenal, replacing the creativity of Cesc Fabregas, albeit a year after. The Man City game was another opportunity for the swivel-headed star to strut his staff and he did exactly that. He kept the boll rolling, combining well with Aaron Ramsey on the right, and Podolski on the left. It was his powerful long-ranger that led to the corner that led to the goal. He had 98 touches of the ball and completed 88% of his passes.

He received 14.81% of the votes.

Magic Midget

Coming in second, is…

Carl Jenkinson – 

Carl has been thrown in at the deep end this season, and he’s certainly won his swimming badges. He’s played well so far and continued his form in the draw. He dealt with Sinclair well and rarely looked troubled, apart from maybe a few occasions. But nonetheless, he produced another fine performance. He got forward well and showed real determination in the first-half to beat Joleon Lescott to ball after some good football and a pass from Mikel Arteta. He’s improved a lot this season and in his first real test, succeeded. He had 94 touches and only committed 1 foul.

He received 22.22% of the votes.

Fighter.

And in first place, receiving the metaphorical champagne, is…

Per Mertesacker –

Who else could it be? Per was phenomenal. And he certainly proved many people wrong; up against Aguero people thought’d he’d struggle – he didn’t. He might not be the quickest but his brain is 10x faster than it should be, I’m sure. He reads the game like a book and his experience was shown against the nippy City strikers. He kept Aguero in his pocket and alongside Koscielny, bossed the back 4. He made 7 interceptions, won 67% of his aerial duels and made us laugh by messing up his celebration after Laurent’s goal. It was perhaps his best performance in an Arsenal shirt, and he also won Sky Sports’ Man of the Match as well – but I’m sure this one means more.

He received a whopping 42.59% of the votes.

Deserved Man of the Match

There it is; your Man of the Match. I’d say it’s well deserved, won’t you?

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2 responses to “Manchester 1-1 Arsenal: Man of the Match

  1. Shame that Rambo didn’t get in the list, as I thought he too was exceptional. To be fair so was Arteta, Koscienly and Gibbs do I guess you can’t have a top three without leaving some players out. It’s really positive to have a plethora of players to pick from for a top three for MotM and long may it continue!

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