That’s that then. Another big away trip, another away loss as Arsenal weren’t able to fashion many openings in a 3-1 loss to Manchester City. Did anyone play well? Find out below.
Petr Cech – 5.5
Back in between the sticks yesterday Cech had a forgettable day in Manchester. He could’ve done better with de Bruyne’s goal before continuing to fail saving penalties for Arsenal.
Hector Bellerin – 6.2
Bellerin didn’t have the worst of days on the right, however, should have done better when going forward.
Laurent Koscielny – 5.0
Fortunately Koscielny isn’t prone to off days so hopefully yesterday was a one off. Whether it was on the ball or defending the Frenchman was all over the place at The Etihad.
Nacho Monreal – 6.2
Nobody had their best day at the back and that goes without saying for Monreal who gave away the second half penalty which made our day that much harder.
Sead Kolasinac – 6.2
After some doubts leading up to the game Kolasinac took his place on the left but like most of the squad, he wasn’t quite himself. Under the pressure from the City players he couldn’t quite adapt to the game.
Aaron Ramsey – 6.9
Of our attacking minded players, Ramsey was the best performer for the most part. Although he didn’t have a great game, making silly mistakes like others, he did manage to get himself in good positions as well as assisting Lacazette’s goal.
Francis Coquelin – 6.8
To everyone’s surprise yesterday, Coquelin started in the centre of the back three rather than in a three man midfield as displayed everywhere before kick-off. Although not playing in his natural position he did his job well when called upon and wasn’t at fault for any of the goals.
He’s received some criticism for the game but the blame shouldn’t land at his feet as he was playing in the role he was instructed to play.
Granit Xhaka – 5.6
Over the last few weeks Xhaka’s performances have become increasingly average but yesterday we didn’t even get what we’d expect from an average Xhaka performance. Rather than his well-placed diagonals we saw him crumble under the City pressure like many of the Arsenal players.
Mesut Ozil – 6.2
With a couple of good games under his belt Ozil could’ve used this game to mark his return to top form but couldn’t quite do that. He continued to pressurise opposition players when out of possession, but with the ball he wasn’t able to carry us to a result.
Alexis Sanchez – 6.7
Starting the game up top before moving wide, Sanchez had a so-so game. He tried his best to be an outlet but that wasn’t enough as he was easily dealt with by the City defence. He also lost the ball repeatedly which killed momentum on a number of times.
Alex Iwobi – 6.5
Like others, Iwobi struggled to operate with the amount of pressure put on him by his opponents which led to Kevin de Bruyne’s opener. Better days will come for the youngster.
Alexandre Lacazette – 7.0
When called upon in the second half the Frenchman took his chance in front of goal expertly well to give us some hope before City’s controversial third goal.