Revealed: The three players who impressed Arsenal fans most vs Man City

It was a rude awakening for Unai Emery in the Premier League on Sunday, his first competitive game as Arsenal manager coming against record-breaking reigning champions Manchester City. And while the Gunners by no means disgraced themselves, it was a far from inspiring performance to kick off the new era in north London.

After the 2-0 defeat at the Emirates Stadium, we asked Arsenal fans to issue player ratings for each of those involved. Here’s a rundown of the three players who impressed them the most, picking up the highest average scores, despite the eventual loss…

Stephan Lichtsteiner – 5.9: The Switzerland international’s introduction after just 34 minutes may have been more necessity than design after Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ early injury but he did a fantastic job of stopping the flow of traffic down his less favoured flank after City attacked through the left wing relentlessly in the early stages. Lichtsteiner even managed to create a few problems going forward, in a performance that owed much to his vast experience.

Matteo Guendouzi – 5.9: It was a display that combined bravery with naivety. On the one hand, Guendouzi suffered the most unsuccessful touches of any player on the pitch – including the misplaced attempt to trap the ball that allowed Sergio Aguero a free run at goal. On the other, the 19-year-old was far more committed and courageous than many of his team-mates, and never gave up despite making mistakes. Even if he’s not quite up to standard technically just yet, he’s certainly got the mindset to be a success at Arsenal.

Alexandre Lacazette – 6: Following his introduction from the bench, there was a good ten-minute spell when it appeared Arsenal could get themselves back into the game. Lacazette quickly improved their speed and creativity in the final third, providing a connection to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang that was absent for the first hour, and the Frenchman almost got on the scoresheet himself only to drag a volley wide of goal. Although Lacazette’s impact waned after City doubled their lead, the cameo will have certainly given Unai Emery food for thought about both starting against Chelsea next week.

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