Deporte

Arsenal Player Ratings: Which Gunners stars disappointed most in Manchester City defeat?

Arsenal Player Ratings: Which Gunners stars disappointed most in Manchester City defeat?

The Gunners take on Pep Guardiola's Premier League table toppers as they look to become the first team to prevent the Citizens from taking at least a point from a league encounter this term. City are a formidable force but the job of their fellow championship contenders is to try and pick them apart: the issue, of course, is how the blue wave can be relentless, as Gabriel Jesus's finish following Lacazette's proved.

While the Gunners have had their opportunities, their midfield and defence can't seem to handle the prospect of facing Kevin De Bruyne and company.

Make sure you don't miss a minute of the action with our minute-by-minute updates below. "We won it, we deserve it, three more points", said Guardiola.

This Man City team haven't won a trophy yet, there's a long way to go, the football is at an outstanding level. City were the better team for 90% of the game and deserve the result. "Sometimes it's like this". "What I like most about this kind of player is that normally they don't care [about that] too much". It's the only unbeaten team in England, and with an enviable depth of talent on the field and on the bench.

Laurent Koscielny was also forced into some emergency defending to keep out a Kyle Walker cross as City threatened a second goal but, against the run of play, Guardiola's team required Ederson to make a fine stop from Aaron Ramsey just before the interval as Arsenal launched a rare response.

Danny Welbeck and David Ospina have been sidelined with groin strains since 16th October, and the duo were thought to be closing in on a return to the senior fold ahead of schedule.

"Winning the treble is an exceptional situation", said Guardiola, who achieved the feat in 2008-09 with Barcelona - crowning a remarkable maiden season as a senior coach.

But that is a diversion and, in the bigger picture, Wenger surely knows it. When, even during the fallow years of transition in the post-Highbury era, has the Arsenal manager effectively conceded defeat in the title race as early as the first weekend of November, as he appeared to do here.

"But considering it was after a Champions League game, they rest all week, we were so, so tired in moments in the game but we were so strong mentally". Jose Mourinho will field his strongest squad and will be looking forward to win the Chelsea game to stay hot on Manchester City tail. That was Manchester City's only win in their last nine encounters against Arsenal. You can win the Champions League and lose the day after.

"It's no points difference, in that period it's nothing", Guardiola added.