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Rating individual performances from the Carabao Cup final

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1.08K   //    26 Feb 2018, 12:20 IST

Arsenal v Manchester City - Carabao Cup Final
City captain and goalscorer Kompany lifts the Carabao Cup aloft

Goals from Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and David Silva helped secure Pep Guardiola's first piece of silverware as Manchester City manager - but how did the players fare at Wembley?

Despite starting slowly, the intensity and quality on show gradually increased after Aguero's opener in a match where City were always favourites to prevail. Their ability was too much on the afternoon for Arsenal, who continue to struggle across all fronts whilst their rivals - rather worryingly - continue to strengthen.

On that note, here are the player ratings for both sides:


Arsenal

Arsenal v Manchester City - Carabao Cup Final
Arsenal struggled for sustained periods during Sunday's Carabao Cup Final

David Ospina: 4/10 

The decision to offload Wojciech Szczesny to Juventus last summer looks increasingly naive with every passing game. Ospina simply does not command his area, nor is a reliable outlet for his defenders to trust - shown once more by his part in Aguero's goal. Should have either stayed on his line or rushed off it quickly, as opposed to being caught in no man's land. 

The following two goals were well-worked but even still, he should've done more to try and deny City from establishing an unassailable lead.

Hector Bellerín: 5/10

Started fairly well in his attempts to isolate Leroy Sané's threat down the flank, but as the match wore on, he didn't grow in confidence - which shouldn't be a surprise given recent displays. Was not encouraged to be more adventurous in his efforts to get forward and create chances, while Danilo regularly got the better of him in a second-half where City turned on the style.

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Laurent Koscielny: 6/10

Arsenal's best centre-back was, again, unsurprisingly, their best performer at the back. Although he could have provided more support during the build-up to Aguero's strike, he defended heroically and was solid in all fairness. Two completed tackles, two clearances, a blocked shot and no fouls committed, it was hardly his worst display.

Shkodran Mustafi: 5/10

Arsenal v Manchester City - Carabao Cup Final
Mustafi was naive in thinking he'd win a foul on Aguero just outside the box

However, it was an afternoon to forget for Koscielny's centre-back partner. Mustafi should have outmuscled Aguero with ease, as opposed to appealing for a foul - which he didn't earn - and stop playing completely.

He made a few important defensive interventions upon occasion but after such a needless error early on, it definitely set the tone for Arsenal's downfall as the match progressed. Frustrating, especially considering his ability to have come out on top in duels like these.

Calum Chambers: 5.5/10

After being exploited during their 2-1 defeat by Ostersunds on Thursday evening, it was always going to be intriguing to see how the Englishman would fare against tougher opposition: perform poorly and crumble under the pressure, or instead silence the critics with a good defensive display.

It was perhaps a surprise inclusion but the 23-year-old did a decent job in fairness; two tackles, five interceptions and six clearances during the 90 minutes. However, he's been marked down after being turned far too easily by David Silva for City's third goal.

Nacho Monreal: 4.5/10

Only lasted 25 minutes before limping off with a back injury, but should've been booked for simulation after trying to trick the referee early on inside the box. His passing was sloppy and it was clear that he started lethargically too.

Granit Xhaka: 6.5/10

Despite what you might think, Xhaka actually did fairly well given the circumstances. Although his passing was not as accurate as he would've liked (78%), he was also one of few who was trying during the latter stages of the second half, came close with an effort from range which swerved narrowly over the crossbar.

Aaron Ramsey: 6/10

It was an average display from the Welshman, who was certainly a midfield presence in the first 45 but seemed to give up once it got increasingly tough for Arsenal to get back into the match. Had to contribute more defensively, struggled to do so and his passing (64%) definitely let him down too.

Jack Wilshere: 6.5/10

Arsenal v Manchester City - Carabao Cup Final
Wilshere, so regularly criticised, was one of Arsenal's best performers on a forgettable afternoon

One of Arsenal's bright sparks, it was clear to see that Wilshere was trying his utmost to push the team forward in search of a goal. Linked up well with Aubameyang at times, caught City flat-footed and proved a handful as they had to continuously foul him to halt play and avoid dangerous situations in their half.

Completed the most successful dribbles (5) as compared to any player on the pitch, was fouled on four separate occasions and was unfortunate to be booked - though it was coming - for dissent after being frustrated by City's treatment in the tackle.

Mesut Özil: 6/10

Just like Jack, Mesut Ozil did well to win fouls in promising areas of the pitch and frustrate City during a sloppy first-half. However, his deliveries into the box were poor, inconsistent and generally underwhelming for a player of his quality.

Played five accurate long balls to team-mates but lack of support in the final third meant whenever he did create something, regularly fell short of a goalscoring opportunity. Should have had an assist for Aubameyang's early effort, who knows how the game would have panned out if he'd scored?

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: 5.5/10

Isolated in attack for the majority of the game, he ultimately came out second best in a battle with Vincent Kompany and squandered a golden opportunity to break the deadlock early on.

Substitutes:

Sead Kolasinac: 6.5/10

Better and generally a more effective alternative to Monreal, though was not a surprise to see him named on the substitutes' bench. Solid defensively but unable to offer much in attack, performances like these - despite the result - are likely to give Wenger a selection headache going forward.

Danny Welbeck: 6/10

You could see that Welbeck was trying all he could to help get his side back into things, but it seemed futile by the time he was introduced. 

Alex Iwobi: 5.5/10

Probably should have been braver in a one-on-one challenge for possession with the onrushing Bravo, but didn't do much else as City held the ball comfortably while he was on the pitch.

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