Arsenal player ratings: How Gunners stars fared against Manchester City

first_imgArsenal became the latest victims of ruthless Manchester City on Sunday afternoon, with Pep Guardiola’s side winning 3-1 at the Etihad.The Gunners went behind to Kevin De Bruyne’s excellent strike, before Sergio Aguero netted a penalty to double the hosts’ lead early into the second half.An improved showing from the visitors after the break saw them trouble City, and Alexandre Lacazette pulled a goal back with a powerful drive.However, Gabriel Jesus scored shortly after to restore City’s two-goal lead, and that was enough to guide them to victory.But how did Arsene Wenger’s side perform at the Etihad? Click the right arrow, above, to see talkSPORT’s Arsenal player ratings… 14 14 14 Petr Cech – 7 – Did well to prevent a mauling at City’s hands, though he maybe could have done better with De Bruyne’s goal. 14 Granit Xhaka – 5 – Completely overrun in the middle of the park. Xhaka’s performance was ineffectual, and he failed with his main task – shielding Arsenal’s defence. Substitute: Alexandre Lacazette – 7 – Brought on and made an almost immediate impact, pulling one goal back for Arsenal. Alexis Sanchez – 4 – A middling performance from the Chile forward. He looked entirely not bothered to try for the majority of the game. Francis Coquelin – 6 – Deployed in an unconventional central defensive position, Coquelin actually performed quite well until he was withdrawn so Arsenal could revert to a four-man defence. 14 14 Substitute: Jack Wilshere – NA Mesut Ozil – 7 – A willing runner who worked the channels in the final third well. He did not provide too much while in possession, but his work off the ball was excellent. 14 14 14 Laurent Koscielny – 7 – Made some vital interceptions to break up Man City attacks, and threw his body on the line on multiple occasions. 14 14 14 14 Hector Bellerin – 7 – Looks to be getting back to his former self, with an impressive performance characterised by some driving runs forward. He marshalled Sane fairly well, though was caught out of position on a few occasions. Aaron Ramsey – 6 – Had Arsenal’s only clear chance of the first-half, and was central to their improved showing in the second period. His driving runs into attack made sure City were pushed back to keep the pressure on. 14 Alex Iwobi – 6 – A lively presence in attack who was always looking to create something. He tested Ederson with a powerful strike Nacho Monreal – 5 – Struggled against the pace of Sterling and kept seeing his clearances closed down by City’s high press. Gave away a penalty with a clumsy challenge on Sterling. Sead Kolasinac – 6 – Pegged back by the impressive Sterling and failed to show his usual attacking instincts. Improved in the second half but a largely ineffectual showing. Substitute: Olivier Giroud – NAlast_img

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