Man City vs Arsenal player ratings as De Bruyne shines and Luiz struggles

Manchester City made it a winning return to Premier League action on a night Arsenal defender David Luiz will want to forget in a hurry.

Luiz was introduced as a first-half substitute but it was his mistake that allowed Raheem Sterling to open the scoring before the Brazilian was later shown a straight red for fouling Riyad Mahrez in the box.

Just as the half looked set to end goalless, Sterling seized on Arsenal substitute Luiz's inability to deal with a Kevin De Bruyne pass and lashed home from close range before wheeling off and celebrating with his team-mates.

In the second half, Mahrez's pace unsettled Luiz and the defender's attempt to slow the winger led to a foul, with referee Anthony Taylor pointing to the spot and brandishing a red card.

De Bruyne made no mistake from the spot before Phil Foden made sure of the three points with a late third.

Here are how the players rated…

Manchester City (4-3-3)

Ederson 7

Had little to do and was like an extra attacker with his excellent long passes.

Walker 6

Was a useful attacking outlet for City down his right flank.

Garcia 6

The teenager Spaniard struggled at times up against the pace of Nketiah. Taken off on a stretcher late on after a sickening collision with his own goalkeeper.

Laporte 7

Was composed and showed why he is the cornerstone of City’s defence.

Mendy 6

Was bright on the left side of City’s defence and got forward well.

D Silva 7

Eased himself into the game and was denied the opener by Leno.

Gundogan 7

Helped pull the strings for City in the middle of the park as they took control.

De Bruyne 7 (MOTM)

Created a great chance for Sterling before he converted a penalty for the second.

Mahrez 7

Was a threat on the left and won the penalty against Luiz for the second.

Jesus 6

Started ahead of Aguero and was a handful for the Arsenal defence.

Sterling 7

Missed a fine chance before he lashed home to register his first goal of 2020.

Substitutes

B Silva (Mahrez 65 6), Foden (D Silva 65 6), Fernandinho (De Bruyne 69 6), Rodri (Laporte 69 6), Aguero (Jesus 80)

Arsenal (4-2-3-1)

Leno 7

Saved from Silva and Mahrez as he denied City single-handed before Sterling’s opener.

Bellerin 5

Made little impression on the right and had a tough time against Mahrez.

Mari 6

Injured when he appeared to pull his hamstring as he closed down a City attack.

Mustafi 5

Was clattered by Sterling and could not stem the flow of City’s attacks.

Tierney 5

The Scot did not enjoy a great evening up against the rampaging Sterling.

Xhaka 6

Lasted just seven minutes before he hurt his right ankle and was forced off.

Guendouzi 5

Could not make any real impact in midfield up against City’s classy trio.

Saka 5

Showed little of his attacking abilities and was easily snuffed out.

Willock 5

Arteta has faith in the youngster, but this was not his night.

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Aubameyang 5

His wait for his 50th Premier League goal goes on and he was anonymous.

Nketiah 6

Looked dangerous early on with his pace through the middle before he faded.

Substitutes

Ceballos (Xhaka 7 6), Luiz (Mari 23 3), Lacazette (Nketiah 67 5), Maitland-Niles (Guendouzi 67 5), Nelson (Willock 67 5)

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