Arsenal player ratings from BATE _ Wilshere clear MOTM

Perhaps if Theo Walcott had scored his third goal and bagged his sixth hat-trick in Arsenal colours it would have made the choice of Man of the Match from the 4-2 win at BATE Borisov more difficult, but he didn’t and was a bit greedy in going for it. He really should have passed to the outstanding Gunner Jack Wilshere for a second half tap in which would have been well deserved because Jack was head and shoulders above the rest in Belarus.

Ospina 7- Some top quality and important saves from the Colombian.

Holding 7 – One goal and nearly a second. Mainly good but some mistakes later on.

Mertesacker 7 – Commanding most of the game but allowed the home team to come back at us.

Mustafi 7 – Loses his focus at times but some strong play as well.

Nelson 8 – Impressive especially considering his age. Bright future ahead.

Willock 8 – Next to break through on the strength of this game. Ability, discipline and power.

Elneny 7 – His experience should have helped us see out the game more comfortably.

Maitland-Niles 7 – Grew into the game and did well.

Walcott 8 – Looked sharp and scored two goals but can still improve decision making at times.

Wilshere 9 – Great to see Jack back and running things like that. Man got skills to burn!

Giroud 7 – Committed display rewarded with landmark century goal.

Mcguane 6- Looked pretty good.

Nketiah 6 – No time really but a flash of class.



  1. leo says:

    i dont get ur rating…ure basically giving everyone an A rating…

    Mertesacker should be ashamed of himself that he cant cordinate a group of youngsters into discipline and effort..a half better team would have killed us off..

    Giroud is always giroud,useless backpasses,no speed or thrust, its not like i expect anything better,he didnt even have pace at 25 how about now..

    Walcot can never improve,he always has this brain freeze about him,what kind of footballer is he..senseless,,sanchez or lacawouldnt need to score any goal to have a better match than that scam..
    Thank God this three arent in our first eleven..good game jack…would love to see you replace that scam ozil one day..barring injuries..jack’s penetration is next to isco and messi thats all..

    1. gotanidea says:

      They just made this to make us interested, mate. More people complain and respond, the better.

      I think:

      Ospina: No pressures from the opponent’s attackers in the first half, but his form dipped in the second half.

      Holding, Mertesacker and Mustafi: Controlled the tempo very well in the first half, because there was very little pressure from the opponent’s attackers. But became shaky in the second half, due to their lack of technical skills.

      Nelson: Impressive and bright future ahead? Nah. He always passed the ball back and almost did not do anything to penetrate the opponent’s defense. He needs to learn a lot more.

      Willock: Nothing special.

      Elneny: Simple game as usual and very disciplined in his post. Nothing special as well.

      Maitland-Niles: Improving as a left wingback, but I think he is better as a defensive midfielder or a right wingback.

      Walcott: He should be the man of the match, because he scored the first two goals. As usual, he does not offer any playmaking, dribbling and assisting skills, but his shots are accurate.

      Wilshere: Looked better than Ramsey in Ozil’s position, but they just played there once. Let’s compare them after several games in that post.

      Giroud: As usual, his movements and skills are very limited. But he managed to produce a good one-two with Wilshere.

      1. GunnerJack says:

        Jack Wilshere 8 – the rest nowhere. If forced would grudgingly give the rest of them no more than 5. And that’s being generous to most of them.

  2. Atid says:

    I would gladly see a fit wilshire and ramsey playing behind lacazette. I remember the pair playing together against the best team in the country at the time man United and absolutely owning them. If they are both fit and on their game they can do it again. Both players love the club and respect it. Which is more than can be said of the 2 mercenaries. I say sell ozil and alexis to the highest bidders in January.

    1. I think by now after all the games Ramsey has played we would have been able to tell whether he is world class or not. I can confidently say he is not and if you expect him to replace Ozil then the only way we will move as a club is further downwards. As for Wilshere, the lad can’t make through 5 games in a row just like Gundogan it would be reckless to rely on him. Sell Sanchez, Ozil, Wilshere before his contract expires…id say sell Ramsey too but who am I kidding, Wenger’s son is not going anywhere. Get Draxler, Lucas Moura to replace the greedy duo.

      1. Nothing changed says:

        Isn’t Wilshire also in his final year and refusing to sign? We won’t be able to sell any of these three players. They all walk at the end of the season for free.

    2. McLovin says:

      Both? Surely we need to play front 3 of Lacazette, Sanchez and Ramsey with Wilshere and Elneny in the middle.

      Sanchez is one who can shoot from distance and gives out great crosses. He still has a vital part to play in our attack.

      1. tas says:

        we need Sanchez to appreciate Wilsherers ability and work with him on tiki taka football

        1. tas says:

          one thing with Wilshere he will not leave his position like Aaron Ramsey and create a big hole in the middle of our team where we are constantly suffer from

  3. Sandeep says:

    No doubt about wilshere ability but what lacks is fitness and consistency. Hope he have a healthy season.

    1. tas says:

      yea he drooped form later part of the second half but his still not 90 mnt match fit but getting there,

      i think his an amazing player not many like him in the EPL and to reduce injury risk we should use him sparingly at least until January, for now use him for 65/70 mnt or sometimes bring him on as sub and lets see what happens

      definitely use him for the big games as a starter

      1. tas says:

        if Wilshere stays fit and Carzola comes back they can be a good tag team they have a lot of similarities of play for Arsenal

        1. tas says:

          i also think Southgate should consider asking Wilshere in the England squad not necessary to start but super sub

        2. Nothing changed says:

          I think Santi needs bruising tackler next to him and Wilshire should not tackle lest he breaks a bone. I would see Wilshire further up the pitch if he remains fit.

  4. kabeer says:

    if wilshere remains injury free, he can be our own version of veratti. diminutive but extremely talented

    1. gotanidea says:

      Wilshere has to produce more touches on the ball first, when he is possessing it, to be compared to Verratti, Iniesta, Silva, De Bruyne, Isco and Xavi. I have been looking for an English midfielder that can touch the ball like them when in possession, none so far.

  5. tas says:

    ADMIN your so generous with your rating can i come and work for you i let you negotiate the salary 🙂

    1. tas says:

      i cannot remember the last time Ozil played for us can you ??

  6. Harish says:

    But will Wenger drop Ozil to play Wilshere..??

    1. tas says:

      i cannot remember the last time Ozil played for us can you ??

    2. gotanidea says:

      I don’t think so too, because Arsenal have to persuade Ozil and Sanchez to extend their contracts. The only way to do that is by keep using them as starters, because Arsenal’s performance is not great in the field.

    3. rkw says:

      i really dont get these daft comments … wilshire needs to replace the hapless ramsey and build link up play with ozil … ramsey lacks the skill level to complement ozil which leaves the german isolated and half as effective as he couzld be … in my books wilshire is still only about 80 per cent back to his best but thats still better than Ramsey he should be gradually worked in to first team beginning sunday with a good 20 to 25 minutes in second half and see how he does … despite their display yday i have no doubt that bate are a more serious outfit than BHA

  7. Sue says:

    Wilshere was really good, surely it can’t be long until he’s back in the first team
    As much as I like Holding & Elneny I didn’t think they had the greatest of games

    1. gotanidea says:

      Wilshere and Ramsey have to dethrone Sanchez and Ozil first. Unless Wenger will play one of them alongside Xhaka regularly.

      Which is very unlikely, because Elneny provides simple game, defensive aspect and balance in the midfield area.

      1. Sue says:

        It was always said a while back that Wilshere & Ramsey never played well together as they’re too alike

  8. Vlad says:

    Some of you guys are hilarious. And the ratings are a joke to say the least. It’s BATE. Get it? BATE. The team that should have no business playing at this level, better yet scoring two goals on us. Walcott is MOTM. He scored 2 goals, could’ve had 2 more (hit the post, and one magnificent save by the goalkeeper). I don’t care what Jack did, it was against a very lowly opponent. When he can play like this against Stoke, WBA, Chelsea, Utd, and stay consistent and fit, then I might give him the benefit of the doubt. But only then.

  9. The barrel says:

    No one will ever mention Walcott. The way supporters hate Walcott is really unbelievable, even if he does a good job, instead they squeeze Ozil’s name in the discussion

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