Arsenal succumbed to a 1-0 loss to Manchester City in a blow to their goal of ending this season inside the top four.
It was a game the Gunners simply couldn’t pick the right lock against a City side that is the most in-form team in Europe right now. Here is the Arsenal player ratings.
Bernd Leno – 6
Could do nothing about the goal and looked assured for much of the game.
Hector Bellerin – 5
With Sterling, he was always going to have his work cut out, but he should have done more when joining the attack.
Rob Holding – 5
He knows he should have done better to stop City’s goal and dealt with the attacks well after that mistake.
Pablo Mari – 6
He is the better of the centre backs and showed his leadership skill by constantly communicating with other players.
Kieran Tierney – 5
Doesn’t look fully fit and had a torrid time dealing with Riyad Mahrez.
Mohamed Elneny – 5
Failed to take his chance in the absence of Thomas Partey. All he does is make a simple pass that any amateur could make.
Granit Xhaka – 6
Can be trusted with possession, but Arsenal needed more penetrating balls.
Martin Odegaard – 5
Perhaps his toughest match as an Arsenal player and he failed to build on his Benfica performance.
Nicolas Pepe – 5
Made runs that were ignored, tried to force the issue at times, but this wasn’t a day to remember for him.
Bukayo Saka – 7
A rare positive as usual and troubled City’s defence more than any other Arsenal player, but it wasn’t enough to change the course of the game.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 4
Arsenal fans will still be waiting for him to get into the game. Simply not good enough for a player with the armband.
Alexandre Lacazette – 5
He probably would have offered more than Auba if he started, but he did nothing after coming on.
Emile Smith Rowe – 5
Struggled to create anything against a City side that defended confidently.
David Luiz – 5
Subbed on for a concussed Holding and helped to keep the scores respectable.
Dani Ceballos – N/A
Ratings from Ime