Player Ratings: Arsenal 3-2 Man City

In a highly enjoyable game between the Premier League rivals in Gothenburg, who impressed most for winners Arsenal?

Petr CECH: 7

The experienced Czech was busier than has been so far this pre-season, pulling out a number of good saves to prevent City from drawing level late on. Had no chance with either goal.

Hector BELLERIN: 7

Bellerin had been linked to a move to Manchester City earlier this summer and if indeed Pep Guardiola is interested, today’s performance will surely have impressed him more. He looked dangerous going forward and was rarely troubled at the back.


Gabriel was at fault for City’s opener as he failed to track Sergio Aguero but his performance was overshadowed by what looked like a horror injury for the defender, with the Brazilian in tears as he suffered a painful leg injury right at the end. It’ll be a great surprise if he isn’t ruled out for months as a result.


It’s been an impressive pre-season for the former Bolton man and he did a pretty good job against an experienced striker like Sergio Aguero. Bigger tests will come.

Nacho MONREAL: 7

Another solid display from the Spaniard who kept Jesus Navas quiet for the most part down Manchester City’s right. He didn’t get forward quite as much as Bellerin on the opposite flank however.

Francis COQUELIN: 7

Some poor passes highlighted the limits to Coquelin’s game but he still managed to cover a lot of the pitch, winning tackles and making interceptions.

Granit XHAKA: 6

The Swiss midfielder has already won plenty of fans this pre-season but had a relatively quiet half of football today. He looks set to start next week against Liverpool.


Another player who has enjoyed a productive summer but didn’t have his best game today. He looked lively throughout the first half but missed a good chance to give Arsenal the lead when he opted to chip Cabellero rather than drive it low.

Aaron RAMSEY: 6

It was good to see the Welshman back in the Arsenal team after an extended break this summer but it’ll take him some time to look sharp again. Nearly scored with a header from Alexis’ cross in the first half.

Alex IWOBI: 7

After a quiet first half the Nigerian came alive in the second, scoring a well-taken goal shortly after the break to bring Arsenal level. His three goals and two assists in pre-season make him a good bet to start the season in the starting eleven.

Alexis SANCHEZ: 8 – MOTM

Arsenal’s star man was back making his first appearance of pre-season and he reminded everyone why he’s been missed. Some pressing in the first half caused mistakes from City’s defenders and he looked sharper than expected. His pass for Walcott’s goal highlighted his positive display.


Mohamed ELNENY (on 45): 7

An impressive pre-season continued for the Egyptian with another solid display.

Theo WALCOTT (on 45): 7

After finally breaking his pre-season drought against Viking on Friday, Walcott showed his confidence to score a composed chip to give Arsenal the lead in the second half.

Santi CAZOELA (on 64): N/A

Not the best performance from the playmaker who lost possession in the lead-up to City’s second goal.

Joel CAMPBELL (on 69): N/A

The Costa Rican had little time to impress after his brace against Viking on Friday.

Mathieu DEBUCHY (on 77): N/A

Likely to be his last display in an Arsenal shirt. Looked shakier than Bellerin did in his short performance.

Kieran GIBBS (on 77): N/A

No real time to make an impact.

Chuba AKPOM (on 78): N/A

Say what you want about Akpom but you can’t deny his knack for being in the right place to score goals. His strike today after some poor City defender was his fourth in as many games and he ends pre-season as the club’s top goalscorer.

Callum Perritt

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