Arsenal player ratings vs Man City as Chambers disappoints while Xhaka lets Gunners down – Football.London

Bernd Leno: Pulled off a few stunning saves to keep the score where it was which is a sign of how bad it could have been. Looked to go long too often although he could hardly be blamed for this with the lack of options provided by his teammates. 6.

Cedric: The Portuguese international didn’t even appear to be Mikel Arteta’s third choice right-back in pre-season but now in their toughest game of the season he starts at right back. Performed as you would expect. A baffling selection. 4.

Calum Chambers: Appalling for the first goal as he misjudged the cross to Ilkay Gundogan. Probably fouled for the second but didn’t make up for the fact that the England international looked terrified each time a cross came into the box from City. 3.

Rob Holding: Playing in the middle of the Arsenal back three had the unenviable task of leading a weak-looking Arsenal backline. Some decent blocks, but generally unadventurous on the ball. Best of a bad bunch at the back. 5.

Sead Kolasinac: The Bosnian is third choice in his prefrered position but now is suddenly considered good enough to start away to the champions. Another awful selection choice to include Kolasinac who must be on his way now. Quite why he was chosen to stay over Saliba or Mavropanos beggars belief. 3.

Kieran Tierney: Looked confused as to whether he was supposed to stay or go in the left wing-back role and wasn’t the only one. One decent delivery in the opening minutes but could hardly get forward after that. 5.

Granit Xhaka: The Swiss international is supposed to be a leader in this inexperienced Arsenal side, but how can he be when you are almost assured he will lose his head when the going gets tough. Kicked the ball away petulantly before an admittedly harsh red card that made life even tougher for the Gunners. 2.

Granit Xhaka argues with Ruben Dias after being sent off for Arsenal against Manchester City. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
Granit Xhaka argues with Ruben Dias after being sent off for Arsenal against Manchester City. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Martin Odegaard: Started well, but could hardly get on the ball after City got in front. Felt sorry for him screening the Arsenal back four on his own after Xhaka’s red card and was mercifully taken off towards the end. 6.

Bukayo Saka: Had Arsenal’s best and only chance of the game early on that was knocked over the bar. Another who was ultimately saved from the dumpster fire of a second period by being subbed off at half-time. 6.

Emile Smith Rowe: Pressed high and nearly profited after Ederson’s casual playing out from the back. Wasn’t supported by any of his teammates though. Looked a little confused by where exactly he was supposed to be playing. 6.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: Have to feel sorry for the 32-year-old. Before the red card, he was isolated as the rest of his team stayed behind the ball. That got even worse after the red. Unsurprisingly hooked on the hour after failing to offer much hold-up play. 5.

Substitutes –

Mohamed Elneny: Turned his back for Rodri’s goal as he attempted to close down. The damage was done by the time the Egyptian came on, but there was little he did to improve things much. 4.

Alexandre Lacazette: Worked hard after coming on and offered more of a focal point than Aubameyang. A few nice interceptions, but could do nothing with the game long gone by the time he was introduced. 6.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles: The fact that he can’t get in the team even when Arsenal play a back five shows where he is in the pecking order at Arsenal. Needs to leave before deadline day for the good of his career. 5.

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