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December 14, 2013 7:45 AM EST
Etihad Stadium — Manchester
Referee:‬ M. Atkinson‎
Attendance:‬ 47229‎
 
Theo Walcott 31′
39′ Negredo
Theo Walcott 63′
50′ Fernandinho
Per Mertesacker 90+4′
66′ David Silva
 
88′ Fernandinho
 
90+6′ (PG) Yaya Touré
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Manchester City 6-3 Arsenal

Manuel Pellegrini's side is now three points behind the Gunners in the race to top the Premier League after hitting six past Arsene Wenger's men at the Etihad Stadium.

By Peter Staunton at the Etihad Stadium

  • Costel Pantilimon
    0
    0
    3.00

    Costel Pantilimon

    Dropped the odd ball in the air but could not have done much with the goals. One brilliant save from Wilshere and another from Walcott.

  • Vincent Kompany
    0
    0
    3.50

    Vincent Kompany

    A few marauding runs had City fans out of their seats; this was a sharp 90 minutes for the recovering captain.

  • Pablo Zabaleta
    0
    0
    4.00

    Pablo Zabaleta

    Found space at will to attack down Arsenal's left side and gave Monreal a tough time. Set up Negredo with a fine delivery.

  • Gael Clichy
    0
    0
    3.00

    Gael Clichy

    Kept the ball well for City and defended well considering the relative lack of support from his midfielders in that area.

  • Martín Demichelis
    0
    0
    3.00

    Martín Demichelis

    A few loose passes caused a few sighs but the Argentine was a huge threat from set pieces, setting up Aguero's goal.

  • Samir Nasri
    0
    0
    3.50

    Samir Nasri

    Accurate set-piece delivery and always a threat due to the effective lines of communication with those around him.

  • Fernandinho
    0
    0
    4.50

    Fernandinho Top of the Match

    Another imperious display. Put out fires, set City moving and capped it off with two brilliant goals.

  • Yaya Touré
    1
    0
    3.50

    Yaya Touré

    Made an uncharacteristic slip to gift Arsenal an equalizer but was his dominant self thereafter. Got in on the action with a late penalty.

  • David Silva
    0
    0
    4.00

    David Silva

    Always involved, always dangerous. Linked the play with his passing capabilities and eased his side into the clear with a tidy finish.

  • Negredo
    0
    0
    4.00

    Negredo

    Worked tirelessly. Ran the Arsenal back line ragged and never let up. Scored one and should have had another.

  • Sergio Agüero
    0
    0
    3.50

    Sergio Agüero

    Losing their talisman to another injury is a crushing blow for City. Until that point he was lively and scored another to set his side on the path to victory.

Substitutions

  • James Milner
    0
    0
    3.00

    James Milner

    Brought on to shore things up at the expense of Silva, who is working his way back from injury.

  • Javi García
    0
    0

    Javi García

    Came on late.

  • Jesús Navas González
    0
    0
    4.00

    Jesús Navas González

    A lively substitute appearance as he ran Arsenal ragged on the counterattack and provided an assist for Silva.

  • Wojciech Szczesny
    0
    0
    2.00

    Wojciech Szczesny

    Brought Milner down for a late penalty to blot his copybook and could not have been expected to save the rest.

  • Bacary Sagna
    0
    0
    2.50

    Bacary Sagna

    Arsenal's best route to goal as he popped up time and again on the right to deliver crosses, including one for Mertesacker's goal.

  • Per Mertesacker
    0
    0
    3.00

    Per Mertesacker

    Made his fair share of blocks and interceptions but was on the back foot from the off. A captain's goal late on.

  • Laurent Koscielny
    0
    0
    2.50

    Laurent Koscielny

    Could not get to grips with Negredo, who bullied him during his short time on the pitch. Replaced due to a nasty-looking knee injury.

  • Monreal
    0
    0
    1.50

    Monreal

    Given a torrid time by Zabaleta & Co. on his flank but was not helped by the lack of cover in front of him.

  • Jack Wilshere
    0
    0
    1.50

    Jack Wilshere Flop of the Match

    Cut as frustrated figure by the end; this was a match that he will want to forget. Fielded out of position, he contributed little and gave the ball away late for the fifth.

  • Mesut Özil
    0
    0
    2.50

    Mesut Özil

    Too peripheral to be regarded as a true influence but he did provide a nice assist for Walcott.

  • Aaron Ramsey
    0
    0
    2.00

    Aaron Ramsey

    Not the commanding figure that he has been in recent weeks. The shackles were on him and he only found space once to play Walcott in for his brilliant second.

  • Mathieu Flamini
    0
    0
    2.00

    Mathieu Flamini

    Overrun in the center of midfield by Toure and Fernandinho and was sacrificed as the Gunners sought more attacking momentum.

  • Olivier Giroud
    0
    0
    2.00

    Olivier Giroud

    Showed a lack of sharpness up front as the Frenchman fluffed his one big chance and lost the ball to the physically dominant Demichelis and Kompany.

  • Theo Walcott
    0
    0
    4.00

    Theo Walcott

    Two goals for the Englishman and he could have had more were it not for a brilliant late Pantilimon save. A fine performance, trying to drag under-performing colleagues along with him.

Substitutions

  • Thomas Vermaelen
    0
    0
    2.00

    Thomas Vermaelen

    Slotted in for Koscielny but suffered the same fate.

  • Nicklas Bendtner
    0
    0
    2.00

    Nicklas Bendtner

    Had the ball in the net from an offside position and is easing back towards match sharpness.

  • Serge Gnabry
    0
    0
    2.50

    Serge Gnabry

    Involved after he came on but not significantly so.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Man City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man. United
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
15 0