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Player ratings: Manchester City v. Arsenal

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Raheem Sterling tucks away the rebound after Bernd Leno can only parry Phil Foden's shot into his path, and Manchester City grab a 1-0 lead over Arsenal.

Manchester City - Arsenal player ratings were tight as an even game took place at the Etihad Stadium as the master edged out the apprentice in a 1-0 win for City.

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Pep Guardiola got the better of Mikel Arteta as Raheem Sterling’s first half goal was enough for Man City to grab all three points.

Here’s a look at the Manchester City - Arsenal player ratings as we dish out marks out of 10.


Manchester City player ratings

Ederson: 8 - A superb stop to deny Saka and then stopped Aubameyang, who was onside despite flag going up. Great positioning.

Kyle Walker: 6 - Caught out a few times positionally and should have given away a penalty kick right on half time for a high boot. Did okay in the three-man defense.

Ruben Dias: 7 - Solid performance with and without the ball. Man City didn’t miss Laporte because of him.

Nathan Ake: 6 - Did his best to shut down the right flank of Arsenal in the three-man defensive system. Spent a lot of time playing in the left back position.

Joao Cancelo: 7 - Got forward well and did well defensively. The most 7 out of 10 display you will see. Cancelo won’t let you down.

Rodri: 7 - As always, steady and reliable. Stopped Arsenal from getting any real attacking momentum going.

Riyad Mahrez: 8 - Great first half as he went close on several occasions and gave Tierney a tough outing.

Phil Foden: 6 - Should have scored in the first half and ended up playing as a center forward after Aguero went off. His shot led to Sterling’s goal.

Bernardo Silva: 6 - A quiet day for the Portuguese playmaker. He is yet to regain his form from a few seasons ago.

Raheem Sterling: 8 - Scored the game-winner, wore the armband and could have had a few more. Brilliant display. Constant pest.

Sergio Aguero: 7 - Aside from his unacceptable tap on the shoulder of the assistant referee, did well after a long time out. Involved in the goal and a constant outlet up top. Subbed off.

Substitutions
Ilkay Gundogan (65' on for Sergio Aguero): 6 - Helped Man City slow the game down and suck the life out of Arsenal.
Fernandinho (89' on for Phil Foden: N/A


Arsenal player ratings

Bernd Leno: 7 - Made a good stop from Foden in the first half and did his job well.

Hector Bellerin: 5 - Poor positioning and could have cleared the ball for Sterling’s goal had he been switched on.

David Luiz: 6 - Some shaky moments defensively but showed his impressive range of passing as he tried to drag Arsenal back into the game.

Gabriel: 6 - Could have won a penalty right on half time. A little hesitant in some situations. Still learning the ropes in the PL.

Kieran Tierney: 5 - Caught out by Mahrez in the first half and didn’t get on the ball much going forward.

Bukayo Saka: 7 - Ederson denied him with a fine save and was a threat whenever he got forward, but spent most of the night defending.

Dani Ceballos: 6 - Kept things ticking over but wasn’t able to make his forward runs.

Granit Xhaka: 6 - See above. Replaced by Partey late on, and he may struggle to keep his starting spot.

Willian: 6 - Didn’t do a lot but worked hard, as always. Subbed off.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: 6 - Very quiet outing. Denied by Ederson on his one big chance but was flagged for offside, when he wasn’t.

Pepe: 6 - Went close with a shot in the first half and a header in the second, as he was hurt in the process.

Substitutions
Alexandre Lacazette (69' on for Willian): N/A
Eddie Nketiah (83' on for Pepe): N/A
Thomas Partey (83' on for Xhaka): N/A

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