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Arsenal vs Manchester City: Player Ratings

In what was supposed to be a crucial match for both the teams’ Top 4 hopes, neither was able to come away with all three points. City dominated for parts of the game but Arsenal showed good mettle and nerve to fight back and equalize twice. Both teams were not able to play as well as they would have liked. The tempo noticeably dropped after the 4th goal of the game, which could possibly be due to the upcoming midweek fixtures.

Also Read: Does Wenger have the right to stay at Arsenal?

Here’s how we rate the players

Manchester City

Caballero: 6/10

He was not at fault for either of the goals but his work on the ball was lackluster at times, giving the ball away cheaply.

Navas: 5/10

In an unfamiliar role at right back, he struggled in the opening stages but upped his defensive game as time went on. His contribution on the other side of the pitch, especially after Sterling came off was poor. He is expected to leave for Sevilla in the summer.

Stones: 7.5/10

His upturn in form continued at the Emirates and he was City’s best defender. Got into crucial tackles and interceptions and distributed the ball well.

Otamendi: 5/10

Inconsistent performance from him with good defending at times but dived in early and could’ve challenged Mustafi better for his goal.

Clichy: 5/10

Played 3 Arsenal forwards onside by being slow to come out and was muscled off the ball by Walcott for the equalizer. Another one on his way out.

Fernandinho: 8/10 (Man of the Match)

Excellent performance from him. He covered well for his teammates defensively and was unlucky to not score from a half volley, which Ospina saved smartly.

Silva: 6/10

Uncharacteristically quiet performance from him even though he got himself an assist. His transition play was lacking a bit and he wasn’t afforded a lot of time on the ball.  

De Bruyne: 7/10

Showed his class by setting up Sane for the opener with a world class pass but a player of his caliber should be influencing games more in the final third. Continued his love affair with the post, hitting it twice. Leads the assists chart in Europe’s top 5 leagues this season.

Sterling: 6/10

His pace caused Monreal problems but he wasn’t able to find the killer ball and was taken off at half time, possibly due to injury.

Aguero: 7/10

Worked hard throughout and got his customary goal with a very well taken finish. Has cemented his place back in the side after a poor post Christmas period.

Sane: 7/10

Excellent goal to put City in front early on and looked hungry throughout. Was marshalled well by Arsenal in the second half.

Subs:

Toure: 4/10

Added nothing to the game. He was sloppy with his passing and slowed down counter attacks.

Zabaleta: No time to mark

Shoulve been brought on instead of Toure to stabilize a struggling defense.  

 

Arsenal

Ospina: 7/10

Might have had a chance to save Aguero’s goal but made up for it by making a handful of smart saves throughout the match. He was aware of the danger and came off his line well on several occasions

Bellerin: 6/10

Was never beaten for pace by Sane but was caught out of position a couple of times, specially for the opening goal.

Mustafi: 7/10

Well taken goal but looked vulnerable in defense, especially in the second half next to Gabriel.

Koscielny: 6/10

Not his best game. He made good interceptions to cut out City attacks but failed to make a single tackle and was withdrawn at half time with an Achilles issue.

Monreal: 7/10

Was given something to think about by Sterling in the first half but overlapped well with Sanchez and helped Arsenal attack down the left against Navas

Xhaka: 5/10

Failed to make a mark on the proceedings and again dived around rashly. Booked.

 Coquelin: 5/10

Struggled to influence a fast paced game, just like his midfield partner and was not very good at breaking down attacks either. Booked.

Walcott: 6/10

Ran for his team throughout and showed good awareness to equalize when the ball came to him and he beat Clichy in the box

Ozil: 5/10

He picked up an assist when Mustafi nodded on his delivery from the corner but he drifted out of the game for large periods. When he was presented with a chance from an Otamendi fault to score the winner for Arsenal, he did not show enough desire to take it. Gave the ball away for City’s second.

Alexis: 7/10

His work rate was flawless. Pressed well throughout but didn’t influence the game as much as he does from a central psotion. His body language made his frustration with his team very clear.

Welbeck: 6/10

He showed good desire and was up for the physical battle against Otamendi, but struggled to create clear cut chances.

Subs:

Gabriel: 6/10

Was fairly solid and filled in well for Koscielny.

Giroud: 5/10

Wasn’t able to get into the high tempo game.

Iwobi: 5/10

Came on fairly late but still managed to send a shot wide of goal.

 

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