Arsenal v Man City player ratings: Ozil oozes class again

Date published: Monday 21st December 2015 10:11

Mesut Ozil: In top form for Arsenal this season

Mesut Ozil: In top form for Arsenal this season

Mesut Ozil was the star of the show again as Arsenal beat Manchester City 2-1, but there were some disappointing displays from the visitors’ big names.

Arsenal ratings

Petr Cech: Did everything that was asked him, commanded area well but will be cursing Yaya Toure for his excellent goal that made the Czech keeper wait before being able to claim the record as the Premier League’s record clean sheet maker. 7

Hector Bellerin: Less effective than usual in the final third, but had a solid game and was never troubled and dealt with Raheem Sterling well in the second half. 7

Laurent Koscielny: Looked solid throughout and used the ball well with defence. His inventiveness helped create the opener for Walcott and was one of Arsenal’s better performers. A close second to Ozil for MOTM. 8

Per Mertesacker: Stood tall when needed and his reading of the game was crucial for Arsenal. Won’t ever win the headlines, but his uncompromising style is a perfect foil for Koscielny. 7

Nacho Monreal: Got forward more and more as the game went on and unlucky not to claim at least one assist. Is quietly turning into the Premier League’s best left-backs. 7

Aaron Ramsey: Grew into the game as Arsenal began to dominate. Questions have been raised about his ability to play central midfield, but was solid, if unspectacular throughout. 8

Mathieu Flamini: Got through a shift for Arsenal and stuck to his task in midfield well. Will never win the plaudits, but his hard work allows others around him to shine and did nothing wrong. 7

Theo Walcott: Stunning opening goal for Arsenal and always looked to play off the last man. Game opened up for him in the second half and proved a good outlet down the right. (Subbed on 88). 7

Mesut Ozil: Just oozes class. Industrious throughout and always looking for the key pass. Collected two more assists in what is turning into a stellar season. Man of the Match. (Subbed on 77). 9

Joel Campbell: Industrious throughout and one of Arsenal’s hardest-working players.  Missed a couple of good chances to score, but does not look out of place in the side and justified his place. (Subbed on 70). 7

Olivier Giroud: Lead the line well, and scored with his only opening of the game to underline his status as one of the Premier League’s form strikers. 7

SUBS

Kieran Gibbs (on for Campbell, 70): Limited chance to get down the wing and forced on the backfoot in the closing stages. 6

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (on for Ozil, 76): Couldn’t get into the game and had little impact. 6

Calum Chambers (on for Walcott, 88): Brought on to provide a shield and protect the lead. 6

Manchester City ratings

Joe Hart: No chance with either goal and didn’t do much wrong. 6

Bacary Sagna: Perhaps should have got tighter to Walcott for the opener and had few chances to raid the right flank against his former club. 6

Nicolas Otamendi: Caught a little flat-footed for Giroud’s goal, but otherwise did OK. Unfortunately for him, life is always harder alongside Mangala than it is Kompany. Booked for a crude challenge on Giroud. 6

Eliaquim Mangala: Massively blotted his copybook with a sloppy pass to gift Arsenal possession for their second goal. A huge disappointment on the night and just doesn’t look good enough to play at the highest level. 4

Aleksander Kolarov: Provided plenty of overlaps and was solid in defence when required. 6

Fernandinho: Started well but lost his way as the game went on. Not one of his better games for City this season. 5

Yaya Toure: Started well, but faded badly as Ozil and Arsenal started to dominate in midfield. Scored a brilliant consolation goal and was thereafter the best player on the park in the last 10 minutes. 7

Kevin De Bruyne: Lively and probably City’s most dangerous attacking outlet, but spurned a great chance to open the scoring in the first half. 6

David Silva: Inventive did early on but was bossed by Flamini and Ramsey as Arsenal began to dominate. Booked for a clumsy tackle on Campbell. (Subbed on 73). 5

Fabian Delph: Neat with his passing, and full of running but was subbed at half-time for Sterling. 5

Sergio Aguero: Struggled for openings on his first start in five games, and looked little more than 80% fit. Subbed on 61. 5

SUBS

Raheem Sterling (on for Delph, 46): Did OK but was well-marshalled by Arsenal’s defence. 6

Wilfried Bony (on for Aguero, 61): Gave City’s attack more of a focal point, but never had a sniff in front of goal. 6

Jesus Navas (on for Silva, 73): Squared the ball when he should have shot when clean through on goal. 5

 

By James Marshment

 

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