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Manchester City 6-3 Arsenal: Player Ratings

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It was a bad day for defending as Manchester City beat Arsenal 6-3 to cut the Gunners' lead at the top of the Premier League to just three points.

Manchester City maintained their astonishing 100 per cent record at the Etihad Stadium with a convincing 6-3 win against Arsenal on Saturday.

Despite conceding three goals, City were the dominant side as Manuel Pellegrini's men took the Gunners' defence apart, with Sergio Aguero, Alvaro Negredo, Fernandinho (twice), David Silva and Yaya Toure all finding the net.

Theo Walcott (twice) and Per Mertesacker hit back for the visitors but it was not enough to prevent their second defeat in the space of four days.

Here's how the players rated:

Manchester City

Costel Pantilimon - 6/10

Costel Pantilimon made several good saves in goal for the home side but should have done better considering he let three goals in. Did nothing Joe Hart would not have.

Pablo Zabaleta - 8/10

The Argentine was superb, surging down the flank and offering his usual prowess from crosses. Got an assist and was involved in most of his side's goals. Possesses a unique energy both in defence and attack.

Gael Clichy - 7/10

One of the quieter members of his side, Gael Clichy stayed disciplined throughout and stuck to his defensive duties well.

Vincent Kompany - 8/10

The Manchester City skipper was superb today and makes a clear difference at the back. It was puzzling as to just why Arsenal scored three but it was no fault of Vincent Kompany's.

Martin Demichelis - 6/10

Good for the most part, especially in getting an assist for the first goal, Martin Demichelis could have done better in a defensive capacity.

Fernandinho - 8/10

Scored his first ever Manchester City goal with a wonderful, curled effort and added his second shortly after to cap a strong performance in midfield.

Samir Nasri - 8/10

The Frenchman was at his creative best against his old side and was unlucky not to find the back of the net himself.

Yaya Toure - 7/10

Despite a relatively quiet performance by his standards, Toure still managed to bulldoze the Arsenal midfield, as well as getting himself on the scoresheet with a late penalty kick.

David Silva 9/10

The linchpin that held his side together, Silva was simply amazing in midfield. His creativity surpassed everyone else on the pitch and his speed on the counterattack was particularly impressive.

Alvaro Negredo - 8/10

Scoring at home once again, Negredo enjoyed yet another good day at the office. His partnership with Aguero is blossoming to new levels.

Sergio Aguero - 8/10

Unlucky to come off in the second half injured, Aguero produced a typically brilliant performance. His first goal embodied his talent - a wonderfully-taken volley to give City the lead.

Substitutes

Javi Garcia - 6/10

Came on in the 90th minute.

James Milner 7/10

Was brought on late in the game but still managed to threaten and won the penalty in injury time.

Jesus Navas - 7/10

Looked sharp and quick after coming on the the injured Aguero.

Arsenal

Wojciech Szczesny - 5/10

This was a day to forget for the Polish goalkeeper, as he conceded six and gave away a penalty after bringing Milner down in the box.

Bacary Sagna - 7/10

A bright spark on a bleak day for his side, Bacary Sagna got himself an assist and threatened going forward all day. The Frenchman was less convincing at the back but still did a much better job than those around him.

Nacho Monreal - 5/10

The Spaniard defended badly all day and was at fault for some of the goals. His marking, in particular, was slack.

Per Mertesacker - 7/10

This was not the German's best day but he did manage to score a header, while he was at the heart of a lot of his side's good defending - rare, though it was.

Laurent Koscielny - 6/10

Coped reasonably well against the City front line but could have done better. Came off injured in the second half but may only be out for a couple of weeks.

Mathieu Flamini - 7/10

The only one of Arsenal's midfielders to show plenty of heart and fight, Mathieu Flamini was unfortunately overrun in the middle of the park. Protected the back four as much as he could but was always fighting a losing battle.

Theo Walcott - 8/10

An inspired selection by Arsene Wenger, Theo Walcott scored twice - with this second, in particular, impressing. It was a shame his efforts came to nothing overall.

Aaron Ramsey - 7/10

Though not the Welshman's best day, he registered an assist and was involved in some good passing moves.

Mesut Ozil - 5/10

This was a rare off-day from the German, who produced little of note in terms of creativity. Also gave the ball straight to Fernandinho for his first goal.

Jack Wilshere - 5/10

Looked short of pace and fitness despite being rested in midweek and was all over the place in midfield. This was one of the worst performances of Jack Wilshere's season.

Olivier Giroud - 5/10

Nothing came off for the Frenchman, no matter what he tried. His shots went wide and his passes were off the mark.

Substitutes

Thomas Vermaelen  - 5/10

It was a tough ask for the Arsenal captain to replace Koscielny with his side already 3-1 down and he did not rise to the challenge. City ran riot after he was introduced.

Serge Gnabry - 4/10

Brought on by Wenger to introduce an attacking impetus for his side, Serge Gnabry looked sloppy in possession. Gave the ball away for one of City's late goals.

Nicklas Bendtner - 5/10

Did nothing after replacing Giroud, except for scoring an offside header.

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