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Premier League 2 Arsenal U23 5-1 Manchester City U23: PLAYER RATINGS

PUBLISHED: 20:49 14 January 2019 | UPDATED: 20:49 14 January 2019

Arsenal's Bukayo Saka. PA

Arsenal's Bukayo Saka. PA

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Freddie Ljungberg's Arsenal U23s hosted Manchester City U23s at Meadow Park in Premier League 2 on Monday evening. Read on for Layth Yousif's PLAYER RATINGS

Arsenal's Bukayo Saka made his Premier League debut on New Year's Day. PAArsenal's Bukayo Saka made his Premier League debut on New Year's Day. PA

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Deyan Iliev: 7 - Excellent save early on but even then Arsenal were 2-0 ahead

Jordi Osei-Tutu: 7- Showed a willingness to supplement colleagues further up the field while showing defensive discipline

Ben Sheaf: 7.5 – Dovetailed well with Mavropanos in the heart of defence. A cultured defender with a big future in the game

Dinos Mavropanos: 7 – Great to see the Greek giant back in action for the Gunners after a gap of 163 days. Lacking match fitness of course but refreshing to see him return

Julio Pleguezuelo: 6.5 – Not as influential as he would have liked but wasn’t for lack of endeavour

Charlie Gilmour: 7 – Put in a shift

Joe Willock: 7 - Scored and was a danger all evening. The question is whether his talent can be furthered with a loan spell this January

Robbie Burton: 7 - Calmly slotted home his early penalty which was indicative of his excellent temperament

Xavier Amaechi: 7 - Deserved his second half goal with a powerful powerful performance

Eddie Nketiah: 7 - Lively throughout even if he was slightly below his usual standards. Great skill to set up Amaechi’s goal

Bukayo Saka: 8 - Had to believe this lad is still only 17-years-old. Man of the match with his two goals in a bustling performance and rightly earned the crowd’s acclaim

Substitutes:

Danny Ballard (on for Mavropanos) 6.5

Dominic Thompson: (on for Saka) 6.5

Folain Balogun: (on for Amaechi) 6.5

Manchester City:

Curtis Anderson: 6

Jeremie Frimpong: 5

Eric Garcia: 5

Philippe Sandler: 5

Nat Ogbeta: 5

Claudio Gomes: 5

Benjamin Garre: 4

Taylor Richards: 4

Luke Bolton: 5

Felix Nmecha: 4

Jayden Braaf: 5.5

Follow Arsenal reporter Layth on Twitter @laythy29

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