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[Ratings] Arsenal 0-3 Man City: Leno stars, Ozil throws a strop as Gunners thrashed

By on December 15, 2019

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Arsenal were thrashed 3-0 by Manchester City at the Emirates this afternoon and the gulf in quality couldn’t have been more clear.

Gabriel Martinelli saw an early shot well saved by Emerson and it proved crucial as Man City went straight up the other end to open the scoring. The visitors cut straight through our midfield with ease and Gabriel Jesus squared for Kevin de Bruyne to fire home a superb effort for 1-0 in the 2nd minute.

It wasn’t long before the visitors doubled their advantage as De Bruyne sliced through the Arsenal defence to cut back for Raheem Sterling to tap home at the far post. 2-0 inside 15 minute.

Things got worse for Arsenal shortly before half-time as De Bruyne made it 3-0 with a fine effort from the edge of the area and it was only a brilliant save from Bernd Leno that denied him his hat-trick.

Arsenal had no answers as City eased to a 3-0 win leaving us languishing down in ninth place in the table.

Here are my ratings:

Leno  8/10 | Superb save to deny De Bruyne his hat-trick as he tipped his goal-bound effort onto the post. Could do very little about any of the goals. Badly exposed by out woeful defence once again. Our best player on the day.

Maitland-Niles  5/10 | Forced to start at right-back again due to Bellerin’s injury but was ripped to shreds at times by the City attack.

Chambers  4/10 | Horror show. His lack of pace was badly exposed for both of City’s opening two goals as he was skinned by Jesus and De Bruyne. His sloppy play in the second half almost cost us another goal.

Sokratis  5/10 | Made a couple of blocks but on the whole he was all over the place. Failed to marshal our woeful defence.

Kolasinac  5/10 | Failed to mark Sterling for the second goal and was given the run around by the likes of Sterling, Gabriel and De Bruyne. Limped off with an injury just before half-time.

Guendouzi  5/10 | By-passed far too easily in the build-up to the opening goal as City cut us open. Failed to take any sort of control of the midfield as the game just passed him by.

Torreira  5/10 | Still running all over the pitch chasing the ball rather than just sitting protecting the back four.

Pepe  5/10 | A few nice tricks, dribbles and skills but no real impact or end product.

Ozil  4/10 | Set-pieces were very average and did virtually nothing from open play. No real effort or desire to get us back in the game and threw a strop when he was subbed. Such a talented player but his attitude stinks and he’s lost his edge.

Martinelli  6/10 | Arsenal’s best outfield player, which wasn’t difficult. Created, and missed, an early chance but worked hard even when the game was lost.

Aubameyang  4/10 | Barely had a kick. Don’t think he had more than 20 touches and had just one off-target effort on goal. His work-rate was non-existent for most of the game. Looked frustrated, understandably given the lack of service, but we need more from our top striker.

Subs:

Saka   5.5/10 | On for Kolasinac on the left and did reasonably well considering the circumstance.

Smith Rowe   5/10 | On for Ozil and added some energy but the game was gone.

Willock  N/A | On too late.

This game was over inside 2 minutes as Arsenal’s game-plan went out the window with City’s early goal and predictably we never recovered. City cantered to a 3-0 win and while injuries certainly played there part, Arsenal were a million miles away from competing today. We’re in a total mess and we badly need the managerial situation resolved quickly as it feels like the club is just drifting into oblivion right now.

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