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Fernandinho back to his best but Blues drop points: Man City Player Ratings vs. Arsenal

In what was billed as a crucial match for both sides, neither Manchester City or Arsenal got quite what they wanted. City took the lead twice but goals from Theo Walcott and Shrokdan Mustafi gave the hosts a point.

Let’s take a look at how Jordan Elgott rated the performances of City’s players:

Willy Caballero – 6.5

Despite conceding two goals, Caballero couldn’t be blamed for either of them. His distribution was quite poor at times, however, particularly in the first half.

Jesus Navas – 7.5

There were plenty of eyebrows raised when Jesus Navas’ name was read out on the team-sheet, and it came as even more of a surprise when he lined up at right-back against Alexis Sanchez. He gave us all an early scare when he picked up a booking after just seven minutes, but to his credit, he recovered from that early setback and turned in a solid performance in an unfamiliar position. No player made more tackles than Navas (7) and he also played the second-most key passes for City (2).

John Stones – 7.5

John Stones’ rapid development has been evident in recent weeks, and he did well at The Emirates this afternoon. Quickly becoming our best defender.

Nicolas Otamendi – 5

Nico struggled this afternoon against the lively Danny Welbeck and it was the Argentinian’s poor clearance which led to Arsenal’s equaliser. He perhaps should have challenged Mustafi better when Arsenal equalised for the second time, and almost handed Arsenal all three points with a dreadful error.

Gael Clichy – 5

In a team full of quality like Manchester City’s, the Gael Clichy’s of the world are always going to look like the weak link. Unfortunately, Clichy did nothing to enhance his reputation amongst City’s fans this afternoon. He unforgivably played three Arsenal players onside, which led to their equaliser. His all-round play wasn’t too bad, but mistakes like that overshadow everything else.

Fernandinho – 8 (Man of the Match)

After a period of poor form, Fernandinho was trusted ahead of Yaya Touré today at the base of midfield and repaid Pep Guardiola’s faith with a good performance, which included a goal-saving tackle in the first half.

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Kevin De Bruyne – 7

De Bruyne missed the international break through injury and Pep stated that he wasn’t quite fully fit going in to the game. It only took the Belgian four minutes to make his mark, though – providing a delicious volleyed through-ball to set up Leroy Sané’s opener. He was unlucky not to get his name on the scoresheet, hitting the woodwork on two occasions.

David Silva – 6.5

After his heroics for Spain during the international break, David Silva returned to Premier League action with an ‘okay’ performance. He was operating as the most-attacking minded midfielder of City’s three, but wasn’t quite at his creative best. It wasn’t a bad performance by any means, but he’s capable of much better.

Raheem Sterling – 5.5

Raheem was another one that wasn’t fully fit going into this game and it really showed. He was withdrawn at half-time after a really poor opening 45 minutes.

Sergio Aguero – 7.5

Sergio looked lively throughout and took his goal very well with a pinpoint finish into the corner. Perhaps should have done better with a chance from a Navas cross just before Arsenal equalised.

Leroy Sané – 7.5

The German wunderkid has developed a taste for hitting the back of the net in important games, and he got his team off to a flyer when he rounded David Ospina after just four minutes. He took the goal really well. He struggled to get involved in the rest of the match, but did show glimpses of his talent when afforded time on the ball.

Subs:

Yaya Touré – 5.5

Brought on for Raheem Sterling at half-time, one would have hoped that Yaya would offer the Blues more control. What followed, was the opposite. It was, without a doubt, Yaya’s worst appearance of the season, giving the ball away on a number of occasions and failing to make any sort of defensive impact. He looked tired, despite not going away on international duty.

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