Arsenal 3 – 0 Manchester City; Player Ratings by KJ
Szczesny – 8
A very commanding performance by him with only one real mistake very late on where he misjudged a corner and left the goal wide open – fortunately City didn’t capitalise.
Debuchy – 5.5
Felt he was very poor today but he’s probably unfit. Played a lot for Newcastle and France last season and probably needs another week of training to really get back into the swing of things.
Chambers – 8.5 (MOTM)
He was very impressive today for me. Good communication skills and showed quality on the ball and off it. He was able to adjust with different CB partners and was only really caught out once by Dzeko early in the first half. This kid is definitely special.
Koscielny – 7
Only played for one half but was assured in his performance. He defended well enough.
A good performance by our LB. He was aiding the attack constantly but did get caught out once or twice by Navas.
Arteta – 7
He was consistent and generally composed today. Yaya didn’t really expose him at all.
Ramsey – 7.5
He was quality when it mattered today. He wasn’t his best on the ball but was defensively strong and scored yet another great goal.
Wilshere – 7.5
He was impressive today. Played the game simply and was effective in doing so. Won us a lot of fouls because of his ability to dribble past players.
Sanchez – 7.5
He was also pretty impressive. He is lacking complete match fitness like the French players but was still quality. He constantly looks for the through ball to give Sanogo a 1 v 1 with the keeper and that is promising. It means he can create out wide as well as providing that goal-scoring threat.
Cazorla – 7.5
He was also very good today. Was never sloppy, made the correct passes and opened the scoring with a great goal after a dummy.
Sanogo – 7.5
He continued his great form with two good assists against City. He was a nuisance and was constantly pushing City back with his runs.
Monreal – 7.5
I was very impressed with him when he came on. He played as a CB against a very strong City attack and wasn’t exploited like many expected.
Chamberlain – 5
He was never able to get onto the ball in the second half unfortunately.
Giroud – 6
He scored a great goal today (there may have been a deflection) but didn’t do much else.
Flamini – 6
He came on to help us shut up shop. He did that with the gung-ho approach we expect from him.
Rosicky – N/A
Came on very late and I don’t remember him getting on the ball more than a few times.