Arsenal 1 – 2 Manchester United Player Ratings by KJ
Szczesny – 5
Didn’t really have many saves to make at all and had to go off early after United’s first goal because he was injured by Gibbs. Typical Arsenal with the way we conceded that. Szczesny could’ve been stronger with his punch.
Chambers – 6.5
Only decent defender today. Had to do a lot of attacking because United were left open in wide areas but never really punished them. He does seem too rigid for the RB role long term.
Mertesacker – 2
Absolutely appalling performance defensively. Never really showed up, didn’t pass out from the back intelligently and didn’t command in defensive positions or from offensive corners.
Monreal – 5
He did okay today considering he’s being played out of position. Had to go forward a few times because we were behind but never really made the difference.
Gibbs – 2
Laughable display. Couldn’t do anything offensively and didn’t battle well at all with Valencia or Fellaini.
Arteta – 7.5 (our MOTM)
One of only two players that can really have their heads held high after such a shambolic result. He did all he could to pick up the ball from deep and to distribute. He made numerous tackles and interceptions but the rest of the team let him down massively.
Ramsey – 4
Played like a 16 year old on his PL debut for the majority of the time until we conceded and then he started to play like a midfielder. It really is awful to watch his transformation from talisman to liability.
Wilshere – 3
Didn’t do anything of note offensively and bottled our best chance of the game. He should’ve been sent off as well for a head-butt on Fellaini and now is probably out for the next two months with an injury.
Oxlade-Chamberlain – 7.5
Only decent offensive player today. Completely destroyed United with his runs but he just couldn’t do it all by himself. He’s only 21 after all.
Welbeck – 4
Didn’t do anything that you’d expect from your main striker. Didn’t hold up the ball well enough and just isn’t clinical.
Alexis – 3
It was bound to happen eventually. He had an absolute shocker and yet he somehow created the most chances of the game. He lost the ball numerous times which led to United’s first goal. Always overplayed.
Cazorla – 2
Embarrassing. Just lost the ball in stupid positions and didn’t really affect our attacking play.
Martinez – N/A
Didn’t have much to do apart from pick the ball out of the net after Rooney’s goal.
Giroud – 6.5
He came on, got his head on a few crosses and scored. Couldn’t ask for much more. Shame the team gave him absolutely no platform to impact the game properly.