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ORDINARY OEZIL, MUTED MATA

Arsene Wenger (left) and David Moyes (right) faced off at the Emirates Stadium where Arsenal and Manchester United played out an underwhelming 0-0 draw.

PA Sport looks at how the two managers fared.

LINE-UPS

Wenger admitted pre-match that Mesut Oezil's form had not been up to scratch, but he persisted with the £42 million ($87.7m) signing.

Oezil (right)showed flashes of ingenuity, but he quickly faded and was lucky not to be substituted.

Olivier Giroud had a stinker for Arsenal, but the out-of-form alternatives on the bench - Nicklas Bendtner, Lukas Podolski and Yaya Sanogo - would have probably done no better.

Moyes picked Antonio Valencia ahead of Ashley Young and Adnan Januzaj, which backfired as the winger had a poor game.

TACTICS

Both teams lined up in a 4-2-3-1.

The two central midfielders in either team operated well to nullify the threat of Wayne Rooney and Oezil respectively.

Moyes' decision to play Juan Mata (above) on the left did not come off as the Spaniard looked isolated on the flank.

Only when he ventured into the middle did he look a real goal threat.

Wenger likes playing Tomas Rosicky in big games, but he barely featured on the right.

COMMUNICATION

Wenger, wrapped up in his big coat, barely got out of his seat throughout the match, preferring to allow his players to sort themselves out on the pitch.

Moyes, acutely aware of what damage another defeat could do, was the exact opposite.

The Scot bellowed instructions to his players constantly.

There was a particular focus on trying to get Robin van Persie (left) to come wide and stretch the Arsenal defence to try to get Rooney to pierce the centre.

SUBSTITUTES

Moyes was forced into a change at half-time when Rio Ferdinand came on for the injured Rafael.

Although Ferdinand had not played a league game since November, he performed well.

United lacked any real punch, so it was strange that Moyes did not introduce Januzaj until the 73rd minute.

Valencia, replaced by Young in the dying minutes, gave United defensive solidity, but he should have come off earlier.

Similarly, it was baffling that Wenger did not introduce the pace and drive of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (left) until the 75th minute.