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Player Ratings: Arsenal 1-2 Manchester City

Arsenal played an excellent first half of football but were undone by individual mistakes and poor officiating. The Gunners took the lead through Bukayo Saka and arguably deserved to be further ahead, but a poor tackle from Granit Xhaka and two poor decisions from Gabriel cost the team three points.

Defence

Aaron Ramsdale: Made a strong start and played a great pass to create Arsenal’s first real chance. Rarely troubled in the first half but then had it all to do with the City penalty and was left at sea for the winner. 6.0/10

Takehiro Tomiyasu: Arsenal were all the better for having him back and he started well against Sterling. His positioning, forward runs and synergy with Ben White were exceptional. Some heroic defending late on wasn’t enough to secure a point. 6.5/10

Ben White: Switched in and out of CB/RB and looked calm and composed from the start. Made some vital clearances but could do nothing on the City winner. 6.0/10

Gabriel: Under pressure from the start and made some solid clearances – Needlessly picked up a booking for scuffing the penalty spot and then made a stupid, needless block for his second booking. Really poor individual decision making.  3.0/10

Kieran Tierney: Regularly got up the left and played the perfect ball to open the scoring. 6.5/10

Midfield

Granit Xhaka: Quiet and composed from the kick off and played a great first half. Made a stupid stupid decision to concede an obvious penalty early in the second half and undid so much of the good work Arsenal had done. 3.5/10

Thomas Partey: Started the game really brightly, helping to dictate the pace, providing some great passes and generally having the run of the midfield. Continued in similar form in the second half and was arguably the man of the match for Arsenal. 7.5/10

Martin Odegaard: Made a superb run in the opening half and should have been awarded a penalty for his efforts. Had to be sacrificed early in the second half. 7.0/10

Attack

Alexandre Lacazette Understated as usual, being the focal point for the attack, pulling defenders out of play and providing a great screen on the assist for the first goal. 6.5/10

Bukayo Saka: Straight into the action, pushing Ake up the pitch. Perfect positioning and the perfect finish for the opening Arsenal goal. Continued to be a threat right up until he was substituted. Excellent. 8.0/10

Gabriel Martinelli: Latched onto a great ball from Partey but his effort was straight at Ederson. Created two superb chances with both going just wide of the far post and generally terrorized Cancelo all game long.  7.0/10

 

Substitutes:

Rob Holding: Did well enough, considering the circumstances for his substitution. 6.0/10

Emile Smith Rowe: A brief cameo. N/A

Mohamed Elneny: N/A