Player Ratings From Arsenal’s 6-3 Mauling By Man City

By on December 15, 2013

Arsenal saw their lead at the top of the Premier League cut to just two points with a 6-3 loss to Manchester City on Saturday. Here, Gooner Daily gives us his player ratings from the game.

Game, set and match: The scoreboard shows the emphatic nature of City's victory

Despite coming into the Etihad with the best defensive record in the Premier League, Arsenal were bamboozled with a superior wave of attacking football that saw them concede a whopping six goals. Arsene Wenger made some changes from the side that performed so poorly against Napoli with Bacary Sagna, Nacho Monreal, Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott returning to the side.

In the wake of the Gunners debacle against Manchester City, listed below are Gooner Daily’s ratings for Arsenal’s disappointing loss;

Wojciech Szczesny: Some would say that he was blameless for the hat-full of goals he conceded but shipping six goals is a testament of how poorly Arsenal’s defending fared as he wasn’t offered any protection from his rearguard. Gave away a late penalty. 5/10

Bacary Sagna: The French defender did well to pass his fitness test to play the game but besides his assist for Per Mertesacker, Sagna had a bad day in the office like his fellow Arsenal defenders. 5/10

Nacho Monreal: His performance reminded me of Armand Troare’s appalling outing in the 8-2 humiliating loss to Manchester United. This was his worst performance in Arsenal colors and probably the worst of his football career. He proved why he and Kieran Gibbs are classes apart. 2/10

Laurent Koscielny: Kos the Boss made a vital interception with his head early in the game but failed to track Aguero for the opener and lost out to Alvaro Negredo in the build up to the second goal Arsenal conceded. He also suffered a knee injury that required him to be stretched off the pitch. 5/10

Per Mertesacker: The BFG has had some dominant performances in the past and his outing in the Etihad last season was awesome as he made a host of tackles, clearances and merteceptions. This time out, Mertesacker had a torrid time dealing with the pace of the Man City attack and seeing him sent to the cleaners for Fernandinho’s second goal was a damn horrifying sight. 5/10

Mathieu Flamini: The Flamster was one of Arsenal’s finer performers in the recent debacle away to Napoli but he was outclassed, outgunned and outnumbered in midfield as the imperial Yaya Toure stamped his influence on the game. 5/10

Aaron Ramsey: His attacking prowess was on show as he did well to create an assist for Walcott but Ramsey was a peripheral figure in the game and he failed to protect his back four alongside Flamini. 6/10

Mesut Ozil: Arsenal’s big-money signing was a disgruntled and lost figure on the pitch but he still managed to get an assist in the game. His aberration of a pass to Flamini played a role in Man City’s third goal. 5/10

Jack Wilshere: Arsenal’s poster boy was rested against Napoli for this clash and as expected, he played out of position, a familiar sight this season. Wilshere put in a poor performance and his ‘gesture’ to the home crowd at the end of the match could get him into hot water with the FA. 4/10

Theo Walcott: Walcott had 30 touches, 11 passes, two successful crosses and four shots on target with a 50% shooting accuracy, as he scored two well-taken goals. Good to have him back!! 8/10

Olivier Giroud: Strikers are judged on goals and Giroud has been found wanting yet again. He was an isolated figure up front at times but he failed to convert the chances his team mates conjured up for him. I can forgive him for the header that glanced wide but launching Wilshere’s cross into orbit really exasperated me. 4/10

Subs:

Thomas Vermaelen: Koscielny’s injury handed the Verminator another chance to stake a claim for a first-team berth but his arrival coincided with four extra goals and he didn’t work well with the BFG, that had probably become used to play alongside Koscielny. 5/10

Nicklas Bendtner: The self-acclaimed World Best striker showcased his dominant aerial ability with a goal which was adjudged to have been offside and he created a chance for Walcott that was saved by Costel Pantillimon. 6/10

Serge Gnabry: I was quite puzzled with his introduction as the manager had the likes of Santi Cazorla and Tomas Rosicky to summon but the young German’s rustiness was on show and he was culpable for losing the ball that led to the penalty. 5/10

Do you agree or disagree with Gooner Daily’s post match thoughts and match ratings? Feel free to share them with your comments below.

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3 Comments

  1. Kwok Kuen Lim

    December 16, 2013 at 3:04 am

    Arsenal controlling midfield were no match to MC with David Villa and Yaya Torre. We claimed to have creative midfield but they could not pass accurately and lost the balls too often. With the engine room not clicking, defence lost support and forwards lacked the supply. MC were quick to close us down but we failed to close them down. Double whammy. We tried to be too smart dribbling and passing in tight area instead of to open players. Some players gave up easily without fighting spirit. Individually we were no worse or better than MC players. Against strong teams like MC we need players to play in the preferred position. We definitely need reinforcement to rotate effectively. Be professional, learn from mistakes and bounce back.

    • sheila

      January 5, 2014 at 11:51 pm

      David Villa plays for Atletico Madrid, not Man City!

  2. Abu qudama

    October 25, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    we need Wenger to get end to arsenal defensive crisis and again he made many talented and skillful player as bench player like Lukas podoliski , Joel compel , Rosicky,

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