Arsenal’s hopes of securing a top-four finish took a blow on Sunday afternoon as they fell to a 3-1 loss away to Manchester City.
A Sergio Aguero hat-trick, admittedly a controversial one as his third goal looked like a clear handball, was enough to sink the Gunners, who had pulled the game back to 1-1 at one point when Laurent Koscielny cancelled out Aguero’s early opener.
The result, combined with wins for Chelsea and Manchester United over the weekend, sees Arsenal sit in sixth place, three points behind the fourth-placed Blues.
Here’s how we rated the Arsenal players in the game:
Bernd Leno - 5
Made an excellent save to deny Kevin De Bruyne, but he looked suspect all game. He parried far too often and his kicking wasn’t great either.
Stephan Lichtsteiner - 2
Before the game it looked like the 35-year-old was on a hiding for nothing and that’s how it played out. Raheem Sterling tied him in knots and made him look like a liability.
Shkodran Mustafi just doesn’t look up to the task of being an Arsenal centre-back. He was so rash and clumsy once again and was lucky not to have given away a penalty. Went off injured.
Laurent Koscielny - 7
Scored Arsenal’s goal and was a positionally very strong, but not good enough to keep Sergio Aguero quiet.
Nacho Monreal - 6
A relatively quiet game for the Spaniard as City mainly attacked down their left flank.
Alex Iwobi - 4
His silly error gave Man City the perfect start inside the first minute. He put in a shift but didn’t really do much to impact the game in a positive manner.
Lucas Torreira - 6
Battled hard and did all he could to slow City down, including a great tackle on Sterling.
Matteo Guendouzi - 6
The teenager looked a bit lost early on but grew into the game. Still, the fact he was playing in a game against the likes of De Bruyne and Fernandinho shows the difference in squad depth between the two sides.
Sead Kolasinac - 5
Played in an advanced role on the left wing, but rather surprisingly, he did well going forward but wasn’t great defensively.
Alexandre Lacazette - 5
The service to the Frenchman wasn’t great and although he had a few bright moments, he wasn’t really threatening.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - 4
Got little joy, even out of makeshift centre-back Fernandinho. Not one to remember for Aubameyang.
(Sub) Aaron Ramsey - 6
The game was all but over when he came on. Looked like he had the beating of his opponents, at least. Probably should have started in hindsight.
(Sub) Denis Suarez - 5
Didn’t get much of a chance to impress as City were in complete control.