Manchester City got past Arsenal to take a 5-0 win over the Gunners on Saturday.
The match confirmed Arsenal’s worst start to a Premier League season in 118 years – after three defeats and zero goals.
Sportamil has analyzed how the men of both Mikel Arteta and Pep Guardiola fared…
Manchester City got past Arsenal to take a 5-0 win over the Gunners on Saturday
Manchester City (4-3-3)
Ederson – 6
Was extremely lucky when his attempt to knock out Smith-Rowe bounced and rolled down the goal line and just wide. Did everything else with a minimum of fuss.
Kyle Walker – 6
Survived a penalty kick when he came together with Tierney but it didn’t help. Defensively not much to worry about and started at half time.
Ruben Dias – 6
City’s defensive pivot had no major concerns as Arsenal played just one striker up front and saw so little of the ball. Walked through the day.
City’s defensive pivot had no major concerns as Arsenal played just one striker up front and saw so little of the ball
Aymeric Laporte – 6
A handful sticks to the set-pieces and, with John Stones still working his way back to full competition fitness, he’s formed a rock-solid partnership with Dias.
Joao Cancelo – 7
Fortunately, he survived a terrible offense from Xhaka, but formed a menacing alliance with Grealish on the left.
Bernardo Silva – 8
Presumably en route to his departure from City, but he had some part in all four goals to show that he can still be an important player for Guardiola.
Rodri – 7
Quiet but effective job in the center of City’s midfield, playing the anchor role for his attacking team-mates to bomb forward. Brilliant attack for his goal too.
The Gundogan – 7
Skipper for the day and lead by example with a brilliant opener despite not being the tallest of the players.
Gabriel Jesus – 9
Enjoying life as a winger, rather than a striker, as he proved with a beautiful cross for the opening goal. Great positional play as he scored the third.
Gabriel Jesus seems to enjoy life as a winger, rather than a striker, as he proved with a beautiful cross for the opening goal
Ferran Torres – 8
He showed deadly instincts for his first goal, in the right place at the right time, while continuing to enjoy the role of number nine and well-placed header for his second.
Jack Grealish – 8
With his jaw-dropping pass, City headed for their first goal, one of many examples of his excellent ball handling, most notably when he scored City’s third goal.
Oleksandr Zinchenko for Walker, 45 minutes, 7
Raheem Sterling for Silva, 57 minutes, 7
Riyad Mahrez for Jesus, 61 minutes, 6
Substitutes (not used) Steffen, Stones, Ake, Fernandinho, Doyle, Palmer.
Bernd Leno – 5
Might have done more to keep the opening header out but helped keep it semi-respectable as City really threatened to revolt.
Cedric Soares – 5
He put out an unconvincing leg as he tried to clear away for City’s second and booked a foul on Grealish. A day to forget.
Callum Rooms – 4
Out of position as Jesus’ cross hovered over him for the opening goal, then bullied by Laporte for the second and beaten by Grealish for the third.
Rob Holding – 5
Another experienced defender who had a miserable afternoon at the hands of City’s mobile leaders. Too often caught on pace and sharpness.
Rob Holding was another veteran defender who had a miserable afternoon at the hands of City’s mobile leaders
Sead Kolasinac – 5
Booked in for a tussle with Jesus though kept fighting to the bitter end trying to pick up the points from Jesus, Torres and Sterling.
Kieran Tierney – 5
Beaten far too easily by Jesus before the Brazilian crossed over for the opener.
Martin Odegaard – 5
The new regular Arsenal man must have wondered what he was letting himself in for as his midfield division was completely overrun and unable to get a foothold in the game.
Emile Smith Rowe – 7
His effort paid off early on as he knocked out Ederson and the keeper fired up the ball against him to nearly give him a goal.
Granite Xhaka – 3
Arsenal had a mountain to climb even before his result, bipedal lunge at Cancelo, sent him an immediate red card after 35 minutes. Terrible leadership.
Arsenal still had a mountain to climb, even before Granit Xhaka’s result, bipedal lunge at Cancelo, sent him an instant red card after 35 minutes. Terrible leadership
Bukayo Saka – 6
Did their best and ran after many a lost cause but Arsenal never had enough of the ball for the youngster to impress and were spared at half time.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 5
Completely anonymous, but given the run-up Arsenal received, the lack of service was predictable. Throwing the ball down in disgust after a decision disappointed him summed it up.
Mohamed Elneny for Saka, 45 min, 5
Alexandre Lacazette for Aubameyang, 58min, 5
Ashley Maitland-Niles for Odegaard 71 min, 5
Substitutes (not used) Ramsdale, Tavares, Mari, Lokonga, Okonkwo, Martinelli.
Referee: M Atkinson 7