By Amir Mir

Football Insider rates the Arsenal players out of ten following their 1-0 victory over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Petr Cech (7) – The experienced goalkeeper has not kept a clean sheet in eight Premier League games for the first time in his career. He kept calm under pressure during the first period and pulled off some very good saves after the break.

Hector Bellerin (3) – Very wasteful going forward and could have been in better positions when defending. There were a number of crosses which he should have prevented from entering his box.

Gabriel Paulista (3) – The centre-back failed to cope with the pace and directness of City. He particularly struggled in the second half.

Laurent Koscielny (3) – As the key figure of the backline, Koscielny should be more authoritative on his team. His side completely lost it in the second half as the home side ran the show.

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Nacho Monreal (2) – During the first period Sane tore him to shreds constantly beating him for pace. He then received the same treatment by Raheem Sterling who beat him for pace and skill to score the winning goal.

Francis Coquelin (4) – The defensive-midfielder could not stop the home team from constantly causing a threat to his defence. The Frenchman should have protected his back four a lot more.

Granit Xhaka (3) – Looked tired in the second-half and lost the ball a number of times.

Theo Walcott (3) – Took his goal very well and looked lively in the first 20 minutes. But after that he was unable to make an impact.

Mesut Ozil (2) – Once again the attacking ace did not turn up when his team needed him most. He is a player of high quality, but his inability to make an impact during big games means he is not world class.

Alex Iwobi (3) – It just didn’t work out for the 20-year-old at the Etihad Stadium. Iwobi showed glimpses of what he could do in the first-half, but was pretty quiet and failed to make an impact before being subbed after the hour mark.

Alexis Sanchez (5) – Set the pace at the start of the game with his magnificent reverse pass to Walcott who opened the scoring. However from then on, despite all his effort, he was unable to make an impact. Hardly had a touch on the ball after the break.


Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 3

Olivier Giroud – 5

Mohamed Elneny – 5

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