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Has anyone seen Haaland?! City star goes missing in drab draw.

Has anyone seen Haaland?! City star goes missing in drab draw.

Erling Haaland had another stinker in a crunch fixture as Manchester City failed to see off Arsenal in a title race which is only going to get tighter and harder to predict.

Pep Guardiola’s side may have dominated the ball and ended Sunday’s 0-0 draw looking the more likely team to score, but they met their match in an Arsenal side that were far stronger and wiser than the team that shrivelled here last season.

Haaland was given little room to breathe by the excellent Gabriel, but he was not alone in failing to bring his A-game, as Phil Foden barely turned up and was hauled off just after the hour-mark. Substitutes Jack Grealish and Jeremy Doku gave City an edge, but they could not take advantage and they have now failed to beat Arsenal or fellow title rivals Liverpool in their four games this season.

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EPRODITY rates Manchester City players from the Etihad Stadium..

Goalkeeper & Defence

Stefan Ortega (6/10):

Had very little to do, facing only one shot on target all game.

Manuel Akanji (6/10):

Began at right-back but shifted inside when Lewis came on and only had to focus on defending, which suited him better.

Ruben Dias (6/10):

Anticipated the danger well and ensured City were the ones doing the talking in attack.

Nathan Ake (5/10):

Helped keep Arsenal at bay until he had to come off in the 27th minute, adding to City’s defensive injury crisis.

Josko Gvardiol (8/10):

Excellent in defence, keeping Saka in his back pocket.

Midfield

Mateo Kovacic (6/10):

Gave City good balance in midfield alongside Rodri and was not far from curling the ball into the top corner. Removed for Grealish after the hour-mark.

Rodri (7/10):

Had a compelling battle with Rice and was at the heart of City’s every move.

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Bernardo Silva (8/10):

Looked like City’s best chance of a goal. Ran Kiwior ragged.

Attack

Phil Foden (4/10):

A really poor performance especially by his high standards. Shackled by a combination of Jorginho and White.

Erling Haaland (3/10):

Another game in which he was close to anonymous. Only had one sniff of goal, when he could barely make any contact with a bouncing ball by the back post.

Kevin De Bruyne (6/10):

Much better than in his last appearance at Anfield and was always probing, but couldn’t get his final pass right or find any shooting opportunities.

Subs & Manager

Rico Lewis (6/10):

Coped well with the occasion after replacing the injured Ake and helped support Rodri and Kovacic.

Jack Grealish (8/10):

An excellent return after his latest injury setback as he helped City dominate the latter stages of the game.

Jeremy Doku (7/10):

Was a wildcard option from the bench and gave Arsenal a lot to think about, but lacked a good final ball or finishing touch.

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Pep Guardiola (6/10):

Not the worst result, especially given the injury problems, and his substitutions made a difference. But he will not be happy with City’s record against the top-four sides this season, which reads three points out of a possible 15 with no victories.

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