Manchester City moved to within two points of Premier League leaders Liverpool after comfortably beating Arsenal earlier today at the Etihad.
As is so often the case Argentine striker Sergio Aguero was City’s match winner, with the 30-year-old goal machine netting a hat-trick. Here’s how the players rated.
No chance with the Arsenal goal and distribution was superb as always.
Used his pace and power to great effect at times, looks to be getting back to his best form.
Recovered from a below-par performance against Newcastle, by putting in a faultless display in an interesting half centre-back, half central midfield role.
Looked shaky in defence at times on his return to the starting XI.
Provided a fine assist for Aguero’s opener, although he doesn’t really look a natural fit at left-back.
De Bruyne 7
Some flashes of brilliance, but is still a way off the levels he produced last season, which is understandable considering his injury struggles.
Excellent on the ball, with a sublime chip over the top to Sterling in the build-up to Aguero’s second a real standout moment.
A wonderfully gifted technician, although it’s hard to shake the feeling the Spaniard just isn’t affecting games as much as he did earlier on in the season.
Bernardo Silva 8
Fast becoming one of City’s main men, a class act with a monstrous work-rate.
Agüero 9 (MOTM)
A wonderful poachers hat-trick by one of the Premier League’s greatest ever strikers.
Intelligent movement and pace made him a constant threat, and his left-footed assist for Aguero’s crucial second just before half-time was sublime.
Not really at fault for any of the goals, although his handling left a lot to be desired at times.
A real weak link in Arsenal’s already poor defence, the Premier League is no place for 35-year-old full backs whose legs have gone.
About as convincing as a Theresa May Brexit speech.
Got his side back into it with a poachers header in the first half, but was given the run around by the brilliant Aguero.
Struggled with the pace and movement of City’s attackers.
Showed some nice touches at times, but coughed up possession way too easily.
Can’t fault his work-rate, but those early season proclamations that he was the reincarnation of Patrick Vieira are looking sillier and sillier with each passing week.
Easily his sides best player, the 19-year-old signed from the French second tier showed a level of maturity and competitiveness that many of his more experienced colleagues sadly lacked.
Decent in the first period, but looked like he was running through treacle after the break.
Put in a huge shift for his side, often dropping back into midfield to wrestle back possession, but was unable to affect the game in the final third.
Never looked like adding to his impressive tally of 15 top flight goals, which isn’t surprising when you consider he spent most of the game inside his own half.
Tried to get his side moving forward, but to no avail.
Looks like a typical Arsenal player, and that’s not meant as a compliment.