Man City 6 Arsenal 3: Player ratings as Citizens rout Gunners

Man City 6 Arsenal 3: Player ratings as the Citizens rout the Premier League leaders at The Etihad

Ryan Bailey
By Ryan Bailey
Man City
6
Arsenal
3

Manchester City

Costel Pantilimon Conceded his first goal in the league at the Etihad and probably should have done better. Left rooted to the spot by Walcott’s dame, albeit slightly deflected, effort when he could have moved a couple of steps to his left to comfortably save. Looked fragile thereafter. 5/10

Pablo Zabaleta Lucky not to concede a second-half penalty but that would have been a glitch in an otherwise outstanding performance both defensively and offensively. His boundless energy ensured the vulnerable Monreal didn’t get a moment’s peace. Perfectly weighted crossed teed up Negredo. 8

Martin Demichelis Offers more of a threat in the opposition box than adding a stability at the right end. Got on the end of several corners, coming close before the interval, and got the decisive flick-on for Aguero’s opener. 6

Vincent Kompany Usually the fulcrum of Pellegrini’s defence but still finding his feet after a spell on the sidelines as the hosts looked slightly shaky at the back. However, made several telling interceptions and blocks. 6

Gael Clichy Determined display against his former employers by the left-back but was kept occupied by Walcott and Sagna, meaning his attacking prowess was limited. 6

Samir Nasri (Man of the match) Started brightly with some glorious touches and that set the tone for a fantastic display against the club he departed. Found space time and again as well as finding a team-mate with almost every pass in the final third. Got a standing ovation when replaced in the final stages. 8

Fernandinho A typically industrious display by the Brazilian who provided a resilient shield on front of the defence before scoring his first City goal to kill off the game. Got stronger as the game went on as he thwarted any danger with ease before sealing victory with his second late-on. 8

Yaya Toure Uncharacteristically caught in possession to hand Arsenal an equaliser against the run of play but made up for it with an exquisite pass for Negredo’s strike. Struggled to keep tabs with the movement of Ozil, Ramsey and then Wilshere in the central areas. Capped afternoon with game’s ninth goal from the spot. 6

David Silva Relatively quiet afternoon for the Spanish playmaker before he completed an impressive City move to poke home his side’s’ fourth. Tired in the second-half and replaced with a quarter remaining. 6

Sergio Aguero Scored his 13th league goal of the campaign with a sublime finish but his afternoon was cut short moments after halftime with a calf problem. 7

Alvaro Negredo After spurning two glorious opportunities, ‘The Beast’ dusted himself down and restored City’s lead with an opportunistic finish. Didn’t see too much of the ball after the break as Arsenal enjoyed most of the possession. 7

Substitutes

Jesus Navas Took a while to adjust to the pace of the game after his introduction but wasn’t long before supplying Silva with the game clinching goal. Caused problems every time he was in possession. 6

James Milner Worked hard having being sprung from the bench and kept possession well before winning a late penalty. 6

Javi Garcia N/A

Arsenal

Wojciech Szczesny Left helpless as individual mistakes on front of him proved costly. Apart from picking the ball out of the net six times, didn’t have much else to do until the final minute when he conceded a needless penalty. 5

Bacary Sagna The Gunners were boosted by the return of the Frenchman as he added an extra dimension down the right and re-established his partnership with Walcott but relatively quiet. Crossed beautifully for a late consolation. 6

Per Mertesacker Looked tired and weary in defence as a busy week took its toll not just on the German but the whole side. Lost his usually reliable partner in the first-half and things went downhill from there. Headed a late consolation in stoppage time. 5

Laurent Koscielny Fell asleep to allow Aguero pull away to the back post and fire the hosts into an early lead before suffering a seemingly innocuous injury in the build-up to City’s second. Carried off on a stretcher before the break. 5

Nacho Monreal Handed just his second start of the Premier League season and looked all at sea from the outset, culminating in his complete lack of positioning for City’s second. Looked dangerous going forward but final ball was non-existent. 4

Aaron Ramsey Not one of his better performances this season but produced a delicate assist for Walcott’s second. 6

Mathieu Flamini His work-man-like impact didn’t work here as City’s potent attacking quartet were given time and space to operate. Sacrificed with 20 minutes remaining as Arsenal searched for a way back into the game. 5

Theo Walcott Handed his first start since September and duly delivered with a first-half equaliser before a superb curling effort to make it 3-2. However, he got little space to run at his opponent. 8

Mesut Ozil Virtually anonymous for the first half-hour before teeing up Walcott for the equaliser. Proceeded to go back into his shell thereafter. 4

Jack Wilshere Completely ineffective when deployed on the flank and this was no different. Ran around like a headless chicken as he often chased shadows with little reward. Skewed one half-chance in the opening exchanges when he should have done better but improved when switched to the centre. 5

Olivier Giroud His previous goal-scoring deficiencies reared here as he wasted countless opportunities against a usually watertight City rearguard. Bendtner thrown on in his place almost illustrates his afternoon. 5

Substitutes

Thomas Vermaelen On this evidence, there is no surprise that the Belgian has found himself on the bench. No understanding and sense of danger as he was caught out on several occasions. 4

Serge Gnabry Tried desperately to make an impact and let his presence be felt but in truth, the game was gone before his arrival. 5

Nicklas Bendtner Denied a perfectly good goal by a wrong decision by the linesman. 5

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