So, despite sacking Unai Emery and playing yet another team in the relegation zone, Arsenal still can’t win a game. We have now gone 8 winless games in a row, In fact we were lucky not to lose it in the end and it was only Bernd Leno’s heroics that saved us. So here are Dan’s Player Ratings for our draw with Norwich….
Leno – 9
Best performance of the season. One of his saves was so good it was the equivalent of a goal. He must be wondering what’s going on in front of him….
Chambers – 5
Good on the ball and defending one-on-one. He nNeeds to find the balance between when to go forward and not, as he was caught out of position a couple of times, including for their second goal.
This was his chance to prove his point and he failed. The Arsenal defence do not seem to close down which I’m not sure is the players choice or tactical. At times he was isolated and very much last ditch.
Did not find himself as isolated as Mustafi but guilty as anyone in terms of not closing down. There is enough experience in the Brazilian to be communicating more to his peers.
He got stuck in physically but was not targeted as much as the other flank. His final ball still not good enough.
Xhaka – 6
Tactically he was let down by being asked to be the main DM. At on time he gave the ball away which nearly led to a goal, but given what’s gone on it was a solid return to Premiership action.
He has been a huge favourite of mine, my player of our season. Yet it might be time to take him out of the team with the pressure effecting our youngsters. You can never fault his energy but he was giving the ball away a lot and slowing down our attacks.
The game passed him by. I would like to see him in a two-man combo as I don’t think he’s ready to be our main attacking midfielder.
His set pieces were lethal, on another day these could have led to more than just the one goal. His experience was vital when the team were tiring as he had the ability to hold the ball up and win free kicks.
I often struggle to rate him. He does his job as in that he scores two goals but did he do much more? Showed great mentality to successfully retake the penalty.
Would never fault his work rate but ball didn’t drop for him.
Torreria – 6
Lots of energy. Don’t underestimate the couple of interceptions he made to stop Norwich from winning the game.
Got in promising positions but his final ball was poor. Didn’t justify coming on ahead of Pepe.
Not enough time to make an impact really. Should have come on at least 10 minutes earlier.
What do you think of Dan’s Player Ratings?