Man City and Arsenal player ratings as Raheem Sterling earns victory

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Here, we rate the players on both sides…

Man City

Ederson 8

His normally pinpoint distribution was awry. Superb save to deny Saka.

Walker 7

Used his pace to recover defensively, in particular to counter Pepe’s speed.

Dias 6

His ball out from the back to Mahrez led to City’s opener. Booked for a foul on Saka.

Ruben Dias was comfortable in defence

Ake 6

Comfortable at left-back and dealt well with the threat of Pepe down his flank.

Cancelo 6

Pressed opponents high up the pitch, but guilty of occasional defensive naivety.

Rodri 6

Early booking for a lazy tug on Saka, but recovered his composure thereafter.

Bernardo 7

Produced customary industry in the middle, with some dangerous, penetrating runs.

Foden 6

His saved shot led to the opener. Should have scored just after the half-hour mark.

Mahrez 6

Played a key role in the opener with fine pass to Aguero, but his overall influence faded.

Aguero 7

First game since June. Involved in City’s first goal and always a threat going forward. Subbed.

Sterling 7

Pounced on the loose ball to plunder the opener. Got himself into dangerous positions.

Raheem Sterling scored the only goal

Arsenal

Leno 6

Little chance of stopping Sterling’s opener, but made a fine save from Foden at 1-0.

Bellerin 5

Had his work cut out, dealing with the threat of Foden down his flank. Sloppy defensively.

Gabriel 6

Defensively disciplined and commanding in the air, also made some vital blocks.

Luiz 5

Called into the side with Holding injured in warm-up. Poor positioning for City’s goal.

Tierney 6

Worked hard by Mahrez, but pushed forward when he could, linking up well with Saka.

Ceballos 6

Full of industry and rarely misplaced a pass, but spent most of the game chasing the ball from deep.

Xhaka 6

Allowed Aguero to drive through the middle in the build-up to City’s goal. Subbed.

Saka 7

Denied a goal by fine Ederson save. Had to work hard defensively to help contain Mahrez.

Bukayo Saka impressed for Arsenal

Willian 5

Lacked influence he can bring to games and was replaced by Lacazette with 20 minutes left.

Pepe 6

Tried to use his pace to catch City’s defence out but Ake and Walker were equal to the task.

Aubameyang 6

Quiet by his standards but put Saka through on goal with a clever pass just before the break.

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