Arsenal put in a slightly improved performance against Manchester City on Thursday night, but ended with exactly the same result as at the weekend.
Arsene Wenger’s side lost 3-0 again, and City cut open their defence with ease. Arsenal did create a few good chances, including winning a penalty, but overall they were a class below their opponents.
Here are our individual ratings:
Petr Čech 2.5
Just like Ospina at the weekend, Čech didn’t look confident at all in goal.
He did perform slightly better than the Colombian, but still only made a couple of saves and completed 62% of his passes.
It’s hard to argue that he could’ve done more for the goals, but his distribution was extremely nervy.
Sead Kolašinac 2
Kolašinac continues to look a shadow of his former self.
He let Bernardo Silva find space for the first goal, and Kyle Walker for the third.
His passing was never composed and he picked up a first-half booking at 2-0 down.
Laurent Koscielny 2.5
Statistically, Koscielny didn’t do that badly on the night.
He made two clearances, blocked two shots, made two interceptions, five tackles and won over half of his duels.
Those stats don’t tell the story though. He was turned far too easily for the third goal, and played passes off the pitch at least four or five times.
A poor showing.
Shkodran Mustafi 1.5
I saw someone before the game saying Mustafi would either have a top performance or a disastrous one.
It was the latter.
His insistence on pushing right up on City players allowed them to find space behind him repeatedly.
His passing was the worst of any defender or midfielder.
There’s really nothing positive to say about him after that match.
Hector Bellerin 2
I’m a big fan of Bellerin and I think he’s played well in general in recent months.
On this occasion though, he struggled massively against one of the best wingers in the league in Sane.
The Spaniard couldn’t get anywhere near his German opponent, and as a result, the City man left with a goal and an assist.