How did the Gunners look against the champions in their opening match of the season?
Unai Emery’s first competitive game in charge of Arsenal ended in a 2-0 defeat to Premier League champions Manchester City.
There is no shame in losing to City, but will Emery be pleased or disappointed with the performance of certain individuals?
Scroll down for talkSPORT.com’s player ratings:
Petr Cech – 6/10
It was an eventful afternoon for Cech. He made a brilliant save from Sterling early on, but perhaps could’ve done better for the goal. He almost scored a bizarre own goal, and followed that up with a superb double save from a free-kick. His best moment was to deny Sergio Aguero in a one-on-one situation and it certainly could’ve been more without him.
Hector Bellerin – 5/10
Needed to get tighter to Sterling for the first goal and struggled to contain the winger throughout the game. Bellerin did, however, produce Arsenal’s brightest moment of the first-half when he beat Benjamin Mendy and forced a save from Ederson.
Shkodran Mustafi – 4/10
A defender to strike fear into a fan’s heart. Horribly exposed against this City attack – rarely had a clue where Sterling and Sergio Aguero were. There were no glaring mistakes but he looked nervy throughout.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos – 5/10
Arsenal tried their best to play out from the back but lacked quality on the ball, with Sokratis often sloppy when he is supposed to offer a cool head. He was okay defensively.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles – 5/10
Forced off due to injury in the first-half. He showed signs of promise going forward, but looked troubled by Riyad Mahrez.
Matteo Guendouzi – 4/10
He is only 19 and this was not the fixture to deputise in. Arsenal’s summer signing allowed Sterling to breeze past him for the first goal and it was his mistake which saw Aguero bearing down on goal in the second-half. Guendouzi wasn’t helped by his midfield partner Granit Xhaka and there were signs of real potential, but this was still an afternoon to forget.
Granit Xhaka – 3/10
Arsenal couldn’t be more desperate for Lucas Torreira – the Emirates faithful cheered when Xhaka was removed from the action. He was days off the pace in midfield.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan – 3/10
Ineffective. Poor in the final third, indecisive and often out-muscled. He didn’t make up for it with his defensive work, either.
Aaron Ramsey – 5/10
Busted a gut for his team. He pressed until he ran out of legs and looked purposeful in attack.
Mesut Ozil – 3/10
Ozil didn’t go missing in this game, but he was uncharacteristically terrible in possession. So many passes failed to find a team-mate and his decision-making let him down.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 5/10
Worked tirelessly up front and hurried the City defenders. But he was starved of service by Mkhitaryan and Ozil’s poor use of the ball.
Stephan Lichtsteiner (Sub) – 6/10
Deputised at left-back rather than his favoured right side due to the injury of Maitland_Niles, and he did pretty well considering. Got forward well and posed a threat.
Alexandre Lacazette (Sub) – 6/10
The game changed with his introduction and he nearly brought the Gunners level with a volley from the edge of the box. A mix-up with Ozil in the City box rather summed-up Arsenal’s afternoon, but he looked dangerous.
Lucas Torreira – (Sub) – 6/10
It would’ve been a different game if he started. Showed positional awareness and quality on the ball during his brief spell on the pitch, something Xhaka certainly did not. Almost bagged a superb assist but Aubameyang went a touch too early and was ruled offside.
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