Manchester City vs Arsenal player ratings: Gabriel and Saliba dominate Haaland

Erling Haaland (C) Saliba (L) –Manchester City vs Arsenal player ratings: Gabriel and Saliba dominate  Haaland

Manchester City and Arsenal could not be separated in Sunday’s summit meeting at the Etihad. Here’s how they rated, with Arsenal’s rock solid defence keeping City’s talents at bay.

Here, Telegraph Sport assesses the performances of the players on both sides.

Manchester City

Stefan Ortega

Brave stop, at the feet of Kai Havertz, prevented Arsenal from taking a first-half lead. Aside from that, he had very little work to do. 6/10

Manuel Akanji

Started as an attack-minded right-back but had to move into central defence after Ake limped off. Another reliable and steady showing. 6/10

Ruben Dias

Had control of Havertz for most of the game and tried to pass adventurously from the back when the moment presented itself. Solid. 6/10

Kai Havertz (L)  – Manchester City vs Arsenal player ratings: Gabriel and Saliba dominate  Haaland

Nathan Ake

Did not have much defending to do before he was substituted after 27 minutes with an injury. City were dominant in those early exchanges.6/10

Josko Gvardiol

An impressive performance in attack and defence. Pushed forward, posed difficult questions of Arsenal and won his battle with Saka. 7/10


Did more than anyone to speed up City’s midfield passing, constantly looking forward. Defensively solid, keeping Odegaard largely quiet. 7/10

Mateo Kovacic

Dropped into a centre-back position at times to receive the ball. Occasionally loose with his passing, although he went close with a curling effort from range. 6/10

Bernardo Silva

Close control and dribbling ability caused plenty of problems, with Arsenal taking turns to foul him. Knitted things together without creating a clear chance. 7/10

Kevin De Bruyne

Most of City’s best moments came through him but the final pass, as with Odegaard, was often missing. Always dangerous but, this time, not decisive. 6/10

Kevin de Bruyne –
Kevin de Bruyne (right) saw plenty of the ball but lacked his usual X factor - Getty Images/Simon Stacpoole

Phil Foden

Lacked his usual influence and never seemed to receive the ball in the positions he wanted it. Shut down by Arsenal’s hard-working midfield. 5/10

Erling Haaland

Master marksman had only seven touches in the first half as he once again struggled against Arsenal. The one chance he had, he totally fluffed. 5/10

Substitutions: Lewis (Ake 27) 7/10,  Grealish (Kovacic 61) 6/10 Doku (Foden 61) 5/10


David Raya

Lost his footing a few times in the first half, causing brief panic, but stayed calm after the break. Surely expected a much more eventful afternoon. 6/10

Ben White

Showed courage in the first half, when he often bombed forward to create chances on the counter-attack. Defensively solid, as ever. 7/10

William Saliba

Some unusually nervy moments on the ball in the first half, but once again he dominated Haaland. Too strong and powerful for the City forward. 8/10

Gabriel Magalhaes

Another monstrous defensive performance from a player who has established himself as one of the division’s best centre-halves. Gave nothing away. 8/10

Gabriel –
Gabriel had a great battle with Haaland and was able to match his physicality - Getty Images/Peter Powell

Jakub Kiwior

Perhaps fortunate to avoid a yellow card in the first half, when he was forced into a number of one-versus-one defensive situations. Subbed for Tomiyasu. 6/10

Martin Odegaard

Led the pressing from the front and tried to stitch the play together, but was unusually wasteful when the killer pass presented itself. 6/10


Not the day for his usual passing game, with defensive diligence instead the priority. Worked hard before he was replaced by Partey. 6/10

Declan Rice

Crunching tackle on Rodri was a thrilling clash of heavyweights. Ability to cover ground and win the ball in midfield is crucial in matches like this.7/10

Declan Rice (L)
Arsenal's counter-attacking gameplan didn't really get the best out of Declan Rice (left) - Getty Images/Michael Regan

Bukayo Saka

A long way from his best, so much so that it looked like he was not fully fit. Almost set up Jesus but slightly overhit the cross. 5/10

Kai Havertz

A physical day, in which he had to battle for long balls and close down City opponents. Made promising runs but never had the quality service he needed.6/10

Gabriel Jesus

Arsenal’s biggest threat in the first half, when he twice fired wide with half-chances, but he faded after the break before being replaced by Trossard. 6/10

Substitutions: Tomiyasu (Kiwior 66) 6/10, Partey (Jorginho 66) 6/10 Trossard (Jesus 72) 6/10 Martinelli (Saka 78) 6/10