Arsenal travelled to Manchester boasting of the best defense in the League but shipped in 6 goals. Walcott’s brace and Metersacker’s header was not enough to keep the gunners from losing.
This is how the players fared:
Szczesny: The pole was exposed so badly that you cannot fault him for any of the 6 goals. Picking the ball 6 times from your net signifies a bad day at the office. No chance to save. 5.5/10.
Koscienly: lost by Aguero for City’s opener. Injured in City’s second goal. Intercepted some balls. Unfortunate not to finish the game 5.5/10.
Metersacker: the BFG was badly exposed and could do little to curb City’s six. May have stopped Silva or Fernandinho. His goal was a mere consolation. 6/10.
Sagna: the returning frenchman put in a good shift with a good attacking display. 6.5/10.
Monreal: was ran ragged by City’s attack. Poor display by the spanaird. He looked lost running out of position and losing his man 5/10.
Flamini: his tenacity couldn’t prevent the goals. He would hit himself for that pass that wasn’t collected for Fernandinho’s 1st goal. Yet he was a shield till he was off. 6/10
Wilshere: poor display from jack except a shot that stung pantilomon. A scapegoat for a goal, exposing the back4 and a chargeable gesture to the fans sums up a fustrating day for wilshere. 4.5/10
Ramsey: robbed the ball off Toure for Arsenal’s goal. Teed up Walcott for his second and seems to be the only gunner tackling in the pitch. 7/10
Ozil: an assist for Walcott’s opener. Would be sad for letting his pass not collected by Flamini. Did his bit, much more direct but no magic for this big game. His sadness may have made it unbearable to face the away fans after the match. “42m should do better”, he may have thought. 6/10
Walcott: 1st start in 3 months capped with a brace. A good game for the gunner. 8/10 MOTM.
Giroud: missed 3 good chances to pull Arsenal back. Did find the net but contentiously ruled offside. Good to see him work for the ball in the 2nd half. He can do better. Arsenal need a striker. 5/10
Vermaelen: The Captain got his chance to play. One or two interception but was laid bare by the rampaging city attack. 5.5/10
Gnabry: was brought in to add bite but he lacked bite. No input to the game. 4.5/10
Bendtner: A goal disallowed for offside was his peak. His lovely flick in was not converted by Walcott. 6/10.
Wenger: Still puzzled as to omitting Arteta from playing or even starting. Subbing Flamini for Gnabry was weird. Rosicky’s bite was missed. Wrong selection? Or blame the fixture clog 5/10
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