Arsenal hit a new low after back-to-back wins against Liverpool and Manchester City as they were beaten 1-0 by a hard-working Aston Villa side.
It was a terrible display, not a single shot on goal, outplayed in midfield, no passion, no creativity and a mentality that can only be described as weak.
Arsenal player ratings
Emiliano Martinez – 7
Didn’t have much for most of the game. not at fault for goal and did his job when required.
Rob Holding – 5
Poor game, no idea what happened to his change in performance.
David Luiz – 5
Struggled with the trickery and pace of Villa’s attacking players and the frustration from giving away fouls might be the reason he was substituted.
Sead Kolasinac – 4
Still struggling when he plays as a centre back and he was still unconvincing in this game. Booked for his troubles.
Cedric Soares – 4
Could have done better for Aston Villa’s goal and wasn’t productive enough when he went forward.
Dani Ceballos – 6
Worked tirelessly to get Arsenal back into the game. Tried his best to create chances for his teammates, but it just didn’t come off for them today.
Lucas Torreira – 4
Should have helped Arsenal hold possession more, but hardly did that. Struggled to mark Villa’s attacking players and was shown up as a very mediocre midfielder.
Bukayo Saka – 5
Tried his best to get Arsenal on the front foot in the attack, but like most of his teammates, it didn’t just come off for him today.
Eddie Nketiah – 4
Wasn’t allowed much space to press the villa defence as he would have liked. Almost scored from a header but hit the post.
Alexandre Lacazette – 4
Held on to the ball for too long, looked tired and Villa defenders were always quick to dispossess him.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 3
Very very disappointed in our captain, looked like he could not be bothered and what was that at the corner for their goal. This was not a captain’s performance.
Granit Xhaka – 5
Did his best to try to get Arsenal back into the game, but Villa were resolute and he was reduced to making passes that didn’t really do anything.
Nicolas Pepe – 4
Was crowded almost every time he had the ball. Struggled to beat his man and create a good opening for his team.
Kieran Tierney – 4
Brought energy to Arsenal’s game. But he offered no threat, his touch was awful, probably his worst display in an Arsenal shirt.
Mikel Arteta – 3
Got it wrong from the team line up onwards, could not motivate the players at all and the buck stops with the manager.
Ratings from Ime