Man City 3-1 Arsenal – player ratings

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Arsenal’s latest trip to the North-West was always going to be difficult.

Manchester City, unbeaten this season, have been playing with a confidence and swagger that has helped them open up a gap at the top of the table. In that respect, a 3-1 defeat doesn’t look so bad on paper.

On a tough afternoon, the most frustrating thing was our inability to keep hold of possession when facing the home side’s pressing tactics. Had we been a bit more composed, we might just have been able to make City pay for their profligacy.

Anyway, here’s how our players rated.

PC
33
5.5
HB
24
5
SK
31
4.5
LK
6
5
NM
18
5
FC
34
4.5
AR
8
5
GX
29
4
AI
17
4
11
4
AS
7
3
PC
33
6.5
HB
24
5
SK
31
4.5
LK
6
5
NM
18
5
FC
34
5
AR
8
6
GX
29
5
AI
17
5
11
5
AS
7
4
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33: Petr Cech

6.5
arseblog
5.5
Readers
45

A world-class keeper on top form probably stops De Bruyne's opener. He didn't. Made a couple of very decent stops in each half when City threatened to romp away with it.

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24: Hector Bellerin

5
arseblog
5
Readers
37

Looked like he might be a good attacking outlet in the first half, but it never really materialised.

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31: Sead Kolasinac

4.5
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4.5
Readers
57

Gave the ball away and stepped out of a challenge on Silva in the build-up to City's opener. Not his day.

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6: Laurent Koscielny

5
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5
Readers
5

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18: Nacho Monreal

5
arseblog
5
Readers
14

Harshly adjudged to have fouled Sterling for the penalty, didn't really do much else wrong.

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34: Francis Coquelin

5
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4.5
Readers
40

Nervous on the ball in an unfamiliar position but did make a couple of big challenges. Not as bad as it could have been given the circumstances. Hooked off for Lacazette.

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8: Aaron Ramsey

6
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5
Readers
13

Always eager to get on the ball and provided a decent assist for Lacazette. Seemed to make a point of not passing to Alexis who looked very fucked off with the Welshman as a result.

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29: Granit Xhaka

5
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4
Readers
53

Took City's third goal very personally, earning a booking for his complaints about the failure to award offside. Didn't really do much else.

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17: Alex Iwobi

5
arseblog
4
Readers
46

Picked to provide a bit more graft in the midfield, but really struggled on the ball when pressed by City.

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11: Mesut Özil

5
arseblog
4
Readers
28

No worse or better than the rest of the midfield. Another opportunity to change the 'can't do it in a big game' narrative passed him by.

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7: Alexis Alexis

4
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3
Readers
38

Ran around. Gave the ball away. Ran around. Gave the ball away. Ran around. Gave the ball away. City might think twice about a January bid.

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9: Alexandre Lacazette

7
arseblog
7.5
Readers
58

Sent on to score. Scored. Makes you wonder why he didn't get the nod in the first place.

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12: Olivier Giroud

-
arseblog
4
Readers
29

Not on long enough

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10: Jack Wilshere

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5.5
Readers
9

Not on long enough

Vote is now closed.

Bonus rating: 10/10 to Mikel Arteta for having hair that's still as black and lego-like as it was at Arsenal. Come home champ, we miss you. Bring City players.

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