Sorry for putting up the player ratings a bit late but there was some little party that got in the way lol. Not that I was in the mood to celebrate after seeing Arsenal drop yet another two points in the dire game at West Brom, where we would have been very lucky to win, but in the end were even unluckier not to win. To be honest it was a dire performance no matter how jaded Wenger keeps saying they are.
So here are my ratings…
Cech – 6
Why does he even bother to dive when faced with penalties? Unlucky not to get his 200th clean sheet but did what he had to do on the night otherwise…
Chambers – 7
A little better than last week and should never have been penalised for the penalty. Should get an even longer run in first team now that Koscielny is injured again
Mustafi – 7
Glad to have him back again and this back three looked reasonably solid
Koscielny – 6
I still think he needs a rest. This injury could be a blessing in disguise
Bellerin – 4
I hardly noticed he was on the pitch except when giving the ball away. Worst performance this season
Xhaka – 6
Another improved performance going forward. Improved passing but his shots are getting wilder
Wilshere – 7
Made another big impression despite playing every single game. Get his contract sorted now!
Kolasinac – 5
Not his best game. Had problems even before his injury
Iwobi – 5
Keeps getting his chances but nowhere near top quality this season.
Lacazette – 6
He does try very hard on his own up front, but just doesn’t seem to have as much time and space as he did in France. He will improve I am sure.
Alexis – 5
Lucky goal, and a couple of passes nearly reached their target, but otherwise he had little impact
Maitland-Niles – 6
Better than Kolasinac but still not impressive
Mertesacker – 5
No glaring errors which is a plus nowadays.
Yet another draw against an inferior side shows that, tired or fresh, we just have lost our ability to scare opponents any more. Let’s hope that 2018 starts better than 2017 ended but with Chelsea coming to the Emirates next I’m not holding my breath. Wenger has already prepared his excuses….