Pep Guardiola’s men outgunned the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday evening, whilst also recording a clean sheet against an Arsenal side in cataclysmic form.
Here’s how we rated the players’ performances in the capital…
Ederson – 7.5
The Brazilian made some very important saves early on, but had a quiet second-half, with Manchester City in cruise control. Ederson will also be relieved to have recorded a clean sheet for the first time since October!
Benjamin Mendy – 6.5
The Frenchman had a decent game as he continues his return to top form. Mendy was impressive both physically and aerially, proving to be an asset from Arsenal’s set pieces, but in possession, the left-back could’ve been better.
Fernandinho (C) – 8.5
The Brazilian had a relatively shaky start, but ‘Dinho played very well at the Emirates, ruthlessly dismantling the majority of Arsenal attacks before they could even begin to bother a bored Ederson.
Nicolás Otamendi – 7
Otamendi enjoyed a good performance, especially when compared to some of his recent performances, but the Argentine was good in possession and defended well throughout the 90 minutes.
Kyle Walker – 7
The England international was out-paced by Gabriel Martinelli early on in the game, but otherwise had a good game and contained Arsenal’s attacks well. Consistent performances like the one on show on Sunday afternoon will keep Joao Cancelo restricted to limited first-team action for a little longer.
Rodri – 8
The Spaniard’s intelligent movement and passing ability were key in Manchester City dominating the game, whilst his defensive skills were a nuisance for the Arsenal offence.
Ilkay Gundogan – 7.5
A standard Ilkay Gundogan performance to say the least. The German was impressive both in an attacking sense and defensively, rarely conceding possession, while his off-the-ball movement was great.
Phil Foden – 7
After impressing in midweek, Foden was awarded his first Premier League start of the season, but the youngster had a quiet start to the game. The England U21 midfielder became much more involved once he was shifted to the right and assisted Kevin De Bruyne’s second goal of the game. Foden was substituted early in the second-half, with his energy looking depleted and surely with a start against Oxford United in mind.
Kevin De Bruyne – 9.5 (MOTM)
De Bruyne completely ran the show at the Emirates, with the Belgian opening the scoring with a thunderous effort, before providing Raheem Sterling with a tap-in to double Manchester City’s lead. De Bruyne scored City’s third, and was only denied his hat-trick by a wonderful Bernd Leno save. One word to describe the Belgian’s performance? Unplayable.
Gabriel Jesus – 7
The Brazilian’s work rate was great throughout the game, and assisted Kevin De Bruyne’s opener. Jesus also did well to dispossess Chambers in the second-half, but should’ve done better in the resulting one-versus-one with Leno.
Raheem Sterling – 7.5
Sterling was gifted a goal by De Bruyne and did well to get out of the way of De Bruyne’s thunderous opener. Raheem Sterling played well but his end product wasn’t what we’ve become accustomed to in recent seasons.
Bernardo Silva [on for Phil Foden 56’] – 7
The Portuguese international replaced Foden early in the second-half and did the job expected of him with the Blues 3-0 up and cruising. He kept the ball well, pressed tirelessly and contributed defensively.
Oleksandr Zinchenko [on for Benjamin Mendy 85’] – 6
Pep Guardiola gifted Zinchenko a brief cameo to celebrate his 23rd birthday, but the Ukrainian had very little to do with the match effectively won at half-time and City winding the clock down by keeping possession of the ball.
Riyad Mahrez [on for Ilkay Gundogan 70’] – 6.5
The Algerian winger had opportunities to score, following his introduction, but was unable to beat Leno. However, it would be fair to say Riyad Mahrez did play well.
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