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Yaya Touré impresses but others fail on the big stage: Man City Player Ratings vs. Arsenal

A promising first half and an early goal from Aguero in the second teased at a return to Wembley against Chelsea, but sloppy defending saw a Monreal equalizer drag City into extra time. The sloppy defending ultimately cost City again and at that point left them with very little energy to muster a response. A disappointing loss sees Pep go trophyless this season, something that will undoubtedly frustrate the man with so many trophies.

Claudio Bravo – 6.5

The Monreal goal was a disappointment for Bravo after facing little threat from Arsenal up until the goal. On the ball, he executed what Pep would have wanted him to, circulating the ball across the defence. A slip almost cost City in the beginning, but Bravo showed great composure to get back to his feet and dribble out of pressure.

Jesus Navas – 5.5

You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink. Navas provided great width and energy down the flank but his inability to cross ultimately, like it so often does, taints his performance.

Vincent Kompany – 6

The return of Kompany brings a much needed lack of leadership and physicality at the back. With his frequent absences, his flaws also tend to be forgotten and silly, needless fouls continues to hurt his performances and the team. Welbeck was isolated by the end line yet Kompany lunged in giving Arsenal a set piece opportunity they didn’t waste. Questions could even be asked of his marking at that respective free kick.

Nicolas Otamendi – 6.5

Otamendi had a solid game for the most part, he partnered Kompany well and looked good playing out of the back. There can’t be too many complaints about the Argentine’s performance throughout the match.

Gael Clichy – 6

A quiet game for the left back, most of it spent tracking the runs of Oxlade-Chamberlain. His performance was largely anonymous and it is hard to get encouraged by the showing of our full backs at all this season. Largely unsuccessful with overlaps and the delivery consistently underperforms.

Yaya Toure – 8.5 (Man of the Match)

Uncle Yaya rolled back the years with another heroic Wembley showing. The post denied him another blockbuster but he stole the show with his energetic runs and a beautiful ball in behind to assist Aguero. He always looked to create, pushing City forward whenever possible. With his future an uncertainty, it is a shame that after such a performance, he may leave empty handed.

Fernandinho – 7

At times it felt like a Manuel Pellegrini midfield with Yaya rampaging forward and Fernaninho breaking up just about everything. Like his midfield partner he was unlucky to not score as well, hitting the woodwork too. Like many of the players, Fernandinho got gassed and struggled to maintain an intensity they started with, a factor in his late substitution.

David Silva – N/A

Silva started the game well with a header that was City’s best chance in the first half as well as a fantastic pass to Aguero. An early injury proved to be a massive blow for City, who were desperate for his abilities in trying to break down a deep sitting Arsenal.

Kevin De Bruyne – 6.5

A frustrating performance from De Bruyne who got into good positions but far too often the final ball was lacking. The movement in front of him was often poor and it was always going to be a difficult ask against such a deep block. As the game opened up, he improved in leading City in transitions but unfortunately nothing came out of it.

Leroy Sané – 6.5

Sané has performed excellently against London’s finest all season but he experienced less success than accustomed to against a sturdy wing back in Oxlade-Chamberlain. Still, he showed his quick change of pace and crossing in behind, on a different day he may have gotten an assist for Aguero, had it not been just ruled out of bounds. A player of his abilities thrives when the game is open, and naturally struggling against more compact defense.

Sergio Aguero – 7

Aguero played a game not atypical of things we’ve seen all season. At times his touch let him down and was occasionally too slow on the ball but ultimately his class shined through for the first goal. A touch in which it looked like he lost it, but chipping it over Cech. It was a shame that he appeared to be slowing down, like so many of his teammates, seeing as his goal threat was lacking for periods of extra time.

Subs:

Raheem Sterling – 5.5

Perhaps it is a fitness issue, but Sterling has not looked quite the same the last couple of games and an early substitution for David Silva gave him a chance to change that, one he did not exactly take. Like much of the front line, Sterling was frustrated by the lack of space and often his touches seemed to slow and he failed to gain any rhythm throughout the match and even being substituted in extra time.

Fabian Delph – N/A

Delph is by no means a bad player but in a game where City are trailing a goal, against a side conceding little space, the job called for more tools on the ball and sadly Delph’s passing range would be of little help.

Fernando – N/A

Like the other extra time substitutions Fernando had little time to show his worth and Pep’s plan in using him would have take a detour with the second Arsenal goal. A player equipped to close down a game ultimately was of little use in chasing a goal.

Kelechi Iheanacho – N/A

As with the other substitutions, the lack of quality on the bench added very little to City’s attacking pursuits. A player of obvious ability, but still visibly quite raw was always going to struggle with such little room. With no disrespect to Kelechi, it shows the level of depth has dropped at City. Once Edin Dzeko would’ve been the one to bring on and City are desperately missing a reserve forward with guaranteed goals, quite like he was.

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