Arsenal lost yet another game this season and Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is now under tremendous pressure for their poor domestic form. Arsenal lost to Manchester City by 1-4 at Emirates Stadium in the Carabao Cup quarter-final and they are now out of the EFL Cup.
Very poor performance from Arsenal backup goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson helps Manchester City to secure the semifinal spot. Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden, and Aymeric Laporte were the goal scorers for Manchester City and the first half equaliser came from Alexandre Lacazette for the Gunners.
Manchester City now reached four Carabao Cup semi-finals in a row and they have won this tournament previous three successive occasions. They were the favourite to win this Cup this season as well.
On the other hand, Arsenal are struggling this season, they haven’t managed to win a single match in the last eight matches and lost six in domestic competitions. Mikel Arteta’s job is in real danger and will be sacked if this bad form doesn’t change in quick time.
Arsenal 1-4 Manchester City Player Ratings:
Runar Alex Runarsson(GK) – (3/10): 25-year-old Iceland International was awful in this match. The arsenal goalkeeper was nowhere near the cross for the first goal and made a horrible mistake for the second Manchester City goal. He is not a good enough back up for Arsenal.
Cedric Soares(RWB) – (4/10): Offered very little going forward and unlucky on the third City goal as Foden was offside but VAR wasn’t in action for Cup competitions.
Shkodran Mustafi(CB) – (4/10): Lost Jesus completely and left him unmarked for the first goal and very poor performance. How he is getting picked ahead of highly-rated French youngster William Saliba is unbelievable.
Gabriel Magalhaes(CB) – (5/10): Didn’t put effort to stop Jesus for the first City goal and allowed a free header. Gave away an avoidable free-kick from the edge of the box for the second goal.
Sead Kolasinac(LCB) – (4/10): Showed nothing in this match and looked bad defensively. Arsenal now should be looking to the Bosnian in January.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles(LWB) – (5/10): Started as a Left Wing Back but converted into a midfielder during the match and he was given the license to go forward but didn’t show enough to save Arsenal from a bad defeat.
Mohamed Elneny(CM) – (5/10): Played quite a few times during this season but hasn’t shown enough to become a solution for Arsenal but Arteta kept on picking him and he continued to disappoint.
Dani Ceballos(CM) – (5/10): Like his midfield partner, he is also a disappointment for Arsenal fan, he has talent but he is unable to exploit this loan spell to show his quality.
Joe Willock(RM) – (5/10): Played higher up the field but could not threat the City goal and if he plays like this then won’t get chance in the Premier League squad.
Gabriel Martinelli(LW) – (6.5/10): Only positivity for Arsenal was Martinelli, showed good quality, and assisted with a great cross for the equaliser but came off after halftime due to injury concern, Arsenal fan will be hoping the injury isn’t anything serious.
Alexandre Lacazette(CF) – (6/10): Worked hard and scored with a great headed finish but remains isolated for most of the time and eventually get substituted on 77 minutes.
Nicolas Pepe(RW) – (5/10): Came in early on the second half but did absolutely nothing apart from a shot at the death.
Emile Smith Rowe(CM) – (6/10): Came on for half an hour in place of Elneny and made an immediate impact, played few good passes and should have started the game.
Folarin Balogun(CF) – (5/10): He was given chance after the 4-1 and didn’t have much opportunity to show.
Zack Steffen(GK) – (6/10): Couldn’t do anything for the goal and made a crucial outing to clear the ball where Martinelli came worst against him and got injured. He was lucky for one occasion where he missed placed his pass but he was lucky.
Joao Cancelo(RB) – (6.5/10): Started on the right this time and did well going forward and had to work hard against Martinelli to stop him.
Ruben Dias(CB) – (6/10): Overall a comfortable night and didn’t have to break a sweat to stop Arsenal apart from one occasion.
Aymeric Laporte(CB) – (7/10): Came back to the lineup and celebrated with a goal at the 73rd minute and did not have to do much defensively.
Oleksandr Zinchenko(LB) – (7/10): Provided a great cross for the first goal inside 3 minutes mark for Gabriel Jesus and played very well throughout.
Rodrigo Hernandez(CDM) – (6/10): A very comfortable night in a Cup quarter-final. Kept controlling the game efficiently from the start.
Fernandinho(CDM) – (7/10): He was the main reason for Arsenal’s lack of threat stopped everything that Arsenal tried to do and assisted for the third goal.
Bernardo Silva(CAM) – (5.5/10): Couldn’t involve that much in attack and changed position with Mahrez, but didn’t have a good performance.
Riyad Mahrez(RW) – (6.5/10): Scored the 2nd goal from a goalkeeper mistake, but overall couldn’t influence the game that much like Silva.
Phil Foden(LW) – (8/10): Scored the third goal and made a great cross for the fourth goal for Laporte. Overall a very good game from Foden.
Gabriel Jesus(CF) – (7/10): Capitalised a defensive mistake brilliantly but should’ve scored another one in the first half.
Ferran Torres(LW) – (6/10): Replaced Bernardo Silva at 70 minutes mark and made few good runs but nothing more significant to say.
Sergio Aguero(CF) – (6/10): Got 15 minutes under his belt, as he continues to recover from injury to his full fitness.
Kyle Walker(RB) – (N/A): Came on late on to the game for Rodri but didn’t have time to do anything significant.
Man of the Match:
Phil Foden is our man of the match as he scored one and assisted another one to help Manchester City reach Carabao Cup semi-final.
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