Arsenal player ratings vs Man City: Gabriel superb but Aubameyang and Pepe poor in defeat

Arsenal suffered a seventh straight Premier League defeat to Manchester City at the Etihad as Raheem Sterling’s first-half effort decided proceedings. The Gunners had first-half opportunities but failed to take them and suffered a familiar fate away at City, though the score-line was less one-sided than it has been on previous visits to Manchester. Express Sport rates and slates Mikel Arteta’s men after their 1-0 loss.

Arsenal player ratings vs Man City – Premier League

Bernd Leno – 6

Perhaps should have pushed Phil Foden’s effort further wide of goal but denied Riyad Mahrez on several occasions and also kept out another Foden effort.

Hector Bellerin – 5

Allowed Foden to come inside in the build-up to Sterling’s opener and vulnerable defensively throughout. Didn’t offer much going the other way either.

David Luiz – 6

Replaced Rob Holding after he suffered an injury in the warm-up. Better than his last Etihad outing but positioning in question for the City goal and nearly sliced into his own net to make it 2-0. One brilliant cross almost found Aubameyang late on.

Gabriel Magalhaes – 8

Arsenal’s best player with some crucial interceptions and blocks to keep the visitors in the game. Consistently in the right place at the right time. Perhaps unfortunate not to have won a penalty from a Kyle Walker high foot.

Kieran Tierney – 6

Battled hard but beaten more often than usual in one-on-ones. An ambitious second-half lob had Ederson briefly worried and got forward more than Bellerin on the opposite side. 

Granit Xhaka – 6

Should’ve been more alert to Sergio Aguero’s burst in the lead-up to the opening goal. Failed to offer enough protection to the back-line.

Dani Ceballos – 5

Too anonymous from the Spaniard moving forward. Worked hard off the ball, as he does, but didn’t add enough on it for Arsenal.

Bukayo Saka – 7

Arsenal’s brightest attacking player with some troublesome bursts forward. Well denied by Ederson before half time. Influence waned somewhat after the break, though.

Nicolas Pepe – 5

Slipped in Aubameyang for his first-half chance but bright sparks few and far between in an underwhelming display. Curled a second-half free-kick wide.

Willian – 5

Ineffective playing in an unusual centre-forward role. Looked out of place as a false nine. Replaced by Alexandre Lacazette.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 5

Not his best. Should’ve scored when he was flagged offside, VAR would’ve overruled in favour of a goal. Did feed Saka for a second-half chance but not involved nearly enough.

Substitutes

Alexandre Lacazette (on for Willian, min 70) – 6

Dropped too deep and struggled to make an impact.

Thomas Partey (on for Xhaka, min 83) – N/A

Made his Arsenal debut. Took a free-kick.

Eddie Nketiah (on for Pepe, min 83) – N/A

Didn’t get much chance to change the game.

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