Arsenal v Man City: Match in pictures
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Arsenal’s senior players need to step up and perform, according to former Liverpool captain Jamie Redknapp. Arsenal suffered their 11th Premier League defeat of the season at the hands of Manchester City on Sunday. Raheem Sterling’s early goal was enough to extend City’s winning run in all competitions to 18.
Mikel Arteta was able to call upon left-back Kieran Tierney in a Premier League match for the first time in over a month.
The Scotland international impressed down the left, along with teenager Bukayo Saka.
Redknapp thought the duo played well but says there was not enough from captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, January signing Martin Odegaard and club-record buy Nicolas Pepe.
“Yeah I think [Tierney] did [well] and I think Saka as well,” Redknapp said on Sky Sports.
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“I didn’t see enough from Pepe, very disappointing. Odegaard didn’t do enough.
“Aubameyang, I know he got a hat-trick last week but he was off the pace.
“He got bullied by the two centre-backs of Man City. So I didn’t see enough in that respect.
“He brought on [Emile] Smith Rowe but it’s hard because when the game’s going away from you it becomes very difficult.
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“But I think down that left-hand side with Saka and Tierney always looks dangerous.”
Aubameyang scored a hat-trick in his last league appearance for the Gunners in an otherwise difficult season for the Gabon international.
Redkapp went further with his criticism of the forward, claiming he was “bullied” by the City defence at the Emirates.
The pundit added: “Look at Aubameyang; Aubameyang is past his best. He’s going to have moments, he’s going to get hat-tricks.
“When I watch him sometimes, it’s like he’s lost his super power.
“You saw him run past people when he first came to the Premier League. I’d see him run past people at Dortmund.
“I’m seeing now, a player that looks like he’s going to get bullied every occasion.
“And he’s your leading light. The likes of Saka and Smith Rowe, they’re the ones leading the way.
“It’s the other players that I feel need to step up more.”
Arsenal are back in action on Thursday in the second leg of their Europa League last-32 tie against Benfica in Greece.
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