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Silva shines as Stones impresses again: Man City Player Ratings vs. Arsenal

Ederson – 7.5

Made a crucial save from Aaron Ramsey right on the stroke of half time. One dodgy moment where he almost let the ball slip through his hands but apart from that the Brazilian was composed and effortless in his distribution. Could do little about Lacazette’s wonderful finish.

Kyle Walker – 8

Alex Iwobi set out to make Walker’s afternoon as difficult as possible but the former Spurs favourite dealt well with Arsenal’s sporadic insurgence. There were also a handful of moments where City’s number 2 supplied a great option going forward, whipping balls into the box whenever possible.

Nicolas Otamendi – 8.5

The stellar centre-back partnership hasn’t faltered all season, and it was the same today. Despite a wriggly Alexis Sanchez determined to open the floodgates, Nico firmly kept the door shut whilst building play from the back with grace and effortlessness.

John Stones – 8.5

Contender for Man of the Match this afternoon, the Englishman was once again the rock of this City back four. Putting in tackles, intercepting at key moments and bringing the team forward – the only weak points in his performance were sometimes running into dangerous, Arsenal-packed areas.

Fabian Delph – 8

Efficient, pretty passing down the left hand side has been a staple of Fabian Delph’s influence in this side. Consistently linking up with Leroy Sane, the former Aston Villa stalwart always provided a reliable option and managed to help keep a lid on Mesut Oxil and Hector Bellerin.

Fernandinho – 8

Was always there to clean up any mess on the edge of City’s penalty area and often pin-pointed excellent passes to turnover the play. The Brazilian also had a key say in the result, his superb ball to Raheem Sterling won the penalty and conjured up some breathing space. Arguably the most consistent defensive midfielder in the league at the moment.

David Silva – 9 (Man of the Match)

After a few rusty showings in recent weeks, the Spaniard was back on top form, influencing every ounce of the blues’ rhythm going forward. Whether it’s playing delicious one two’s with Sterling, dictating City’s play or sealing the game with a crude assist – it was definitely a match winning performance.

Kevin De Bruyne – 9

Standard again from the Belgian today. Scored a terrific goal, hitting the ball across Cech leaving the Arsenal keeper with no chance. Never let his class drop once despite some difficulty in the final third when fatigue started to settle in.

Raheem Sterling – 7.5

Twitter blew up when Sterling squandered a chance to put Sane in on goal. However, the Englishman’s trickery caused Arsenal problems and won a penalty for City’s second of the game.

Sergio Aguero – 7.5

Linked up well with David Silva and co, delivering neat little touches that often opened up space. Skewed his best chance of the game wide but arguably sealed the three points with a ruthless penalty.

Leroy Sane – 7

Was given a tough time by Hector Bellerin but worked hard, hugging the touch line and creating space for others to run into. Should’ve had an assist which Sterling couldn’t reach.

Subs:

Gabriel Jesus – 7

Jesus’ poacher’s mentality paid dividends yet again as the Brazilian was there to pounce when David Silva escaped the offside trap.

Ilkay Gundogan – 6.5

Plugged the gaps in midfield and helped to keep composure when City were looking to close the game out.

Bernardo Silva – N/A

Came on too late to make an impact.

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