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Manchester City reached the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup with a relatively routine 4-1 win over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
Manchester City flew out of the blocks and took the lead in the third minute, when an Oleksandr Zinchenko cross into the box found Gabriel Jesus, who beat Alex Runarsson to return home.
City continued to dominate until half an hour, when Arsenal drew against the game’s streak. Gabriel Martinelli found himself on the left wing and launched a wonderful cross, from which Alexandre Lacazette headed to the top corner.
Early in the second half, Riyad Mahrez’s free kick went straight through Runarsson’s hands to restore City to the lead, before Phil Foden finished off a quick counterattack with a beautiful shot just minutes later. City added a quarter in the 72nd minute when Foden crossed and Laporte beat the offside trap to head.
Alex Runarsson (GK) – 2/10 – A very shaky first half, but he made a tremendous save to deny Jesus. Absolute howler for City’s second as well. In general, poor.
Cedric Soares (RB) – 5/10 – It was not particularly bad, but it is clear that it is not the level that Arsenal should aspire to have in their team.
Shkodran Mustafi (CB) – 3/10 – Horrible for the opening goal and did nothing to calm the nerves of people wondering why they should play over others. Reserved.
Gabriel (CB) – 5/10 – The best of a bad group for Arsenal, couldn’t do much with any of the goals but needs to show more leadership so everyone else is on his level.
Sead Kolasinac (LB) -3/10 – I’m not sure how he still gets minutes for this team. Positionally poor all night and everyone played outside for City’s fourth goal.
Dani Ceballos (CM) – 6/10 – He was always moving and looking for the ball, while trying to be progressive with his passes. He deserved better around him.
Mohamed Elneny (CM) – 4/10 – He did not get going on defense except for a 15-minute period at the end of the first half. I also have a reservation. Subtitled after 65 minutes.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles (CM) – 5/10 – I’m still not sure what his best position is. He started out as a winger and moved to midfield, but his passing wasn’t great, completing only 62% of passes.
Joe Willock (RW) – 4/10 – He did his best to create space, but in the end he was placed in three different positions in the game. I couldn’t do anything important and struggled to make an impact.
Alexandre Lacazette (ST) – 5/10 – He scored the Arsenal tie with what felt like his first touch of the game. He barely saw the ball after that when the Gunners were put to the sword.
Gabriel Martinelli (LW) – 6/10 – He was calm at first, but led the charge as Arsenal rallied to 1-1 with excellent assist. He was injured late in the first half and only lasted two minutes of the second before being replaced.
Nicolás Pepe (RW) – 10/4 – He even forgot that he entered the field for Martinelli because of the little impact he had. He had a well-saved injury time effort.
Emile Smith-Rowe (LW) – 5/10 – I had a couple of good moments down the left wing, but it wasn’t really Arsenal night. He probably deserves more opportunities on this faltering side.
Folarin Balogun (ST) – N / A
Zack Steffen (GK) – 5/10 – He had nothing to do all night, aside from watching Lacazette’s head butt pass him. However, he was good on the ball, completing 29 of his 35 passes.
Joao Cancelo (RB) – 6/10 – Another excellent performance from the versatile winger. Returning to his natural role, he was a threat going forward and kept Arsenal quiet for most of the game.
Ruben Dias (CB) – 6/10 – He is fast becoming the leader of the defense of the city. He quarterback Lacazette well all night and distributed the ball well as well, completing 87% of his passes.
Aymeric Laporte (CB) – 6/10 – He lost Lacazette to the Arsenal goal because he was too focused on what was behind, but he managed to add the fourth goal later. He made more punts than any City defender and won 100% of his tackles that night.
Oleksandr Zinchenko (LB) – 6/10 – I had nothing to do defensively and I received an assist from the beginning. He moved into midfield later in the game and looked as comfortable as you would expect.
Rodri (DM) – 6/10 – He seems much more comfortable in the center of the field when he is next to Fernandinho. He made the most passes of any of City’s six forwards (63) to the point where he was substituted.
Fernandinho (DM) – 7/10 – Look back at its best. He made seven tackles, more than anyone else, and kept possession well all night.
Riyad Mahrez (RM) – 6/10 – He didn’t have his best game on the ball, but he found himself on the scoresheet thanks to the butter fingers of the Arsenal goalkeeper.
Bernardo Silva (LM) – 5/10 – He still seeks to rediscover his best form. He did not complete any dribbles or attempt any shots during his 70 minutes on the field. He will miss the first leg of the semifinals after also being booked.
Phil Foden (AM) – 10/7 – Constantly moving for the ball and receiving it in his pockets and he deserved his goal. He grabbed an assist for Laporte’s header goal as well. Superior performance in all aspects of the youngster.
Gabriel Jesus (ST) – 6/10 – He scored the first goal to end an eight-game drought, but then missed a huge 1-1 opportunity. He was calm in the second half and replaced in the 74th minute.
Ferran Torres (RW) – N / A
Sergio Aguero (ST) – N / A
Kyle Walker (RB) – N / A