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Arsenal slipped to a disappointing defeat against Manchester City on Sunday, a match they never really looked like winning, but there were one or two encouraging performances nonetheless.
Unai Emery’s team spent a lot of time trying to press City from the front. Unfortunately, that wasn’t very effective, given Pep Guardiola’s side are probably the best in the league at playing out of that sort of pressure.
Meanwhile at the other end, Arsenal’s defence was relatively easy to force into mistakes in possession, and that’s just what happened on a number of occasions. Let’s look at how each player did individually.
Stephan Lichtsteiner 5.5
Lichtsteiner came on and did well in an unfamiliar position on the left-hand side. A couple of his crosses were a bit wayward, coming off his weak foot, and he lost Bernardo Silva for the second goal, but otherwise he did a good job in difficult circumstances.
Lucas Torreira 6.5
By the time Torreira came on, the game was pretty much dead, but he still managed to inject some new life into it. He was lively, played a couple of great long balls, and completed 93% of his passes. That’s in a match where none of Arsenal’s starters in midfield or attack got above 81%. Torreira must start against Chelsea now.
Alexandre Lacazette 6
Lacazette is another who came on and proved his credentials. Like Torreira, he completed a high percentage of his passes (86%) under difficult circumstances, linking up play well in the final third.
The striker had a great chance near the end, but Mkhitaryan’s cutback was just behind him. Again, based on that performance, the Frenchman should start at Stamford Bridge.