A draw against Chelsea isn’t really a bad result, but it does feel like a bit of a missed opportunity. Here’s how the players rated.
Wojciech Szczesny: 6/10 – Didn’t have a great deal to do, made routine saves well.
Bacary Sagna: 6/10 – An average performance in an average game. Had no real troubles with the tricky Hazard.
Per Mertesacker: 7/10 – Dealt with Torres without any trouble.
Thomas Vermaelen: 6/10 – Solid return for the skipper, a couple of late moments aside.
Kieran Gibbs: 6/10 – Looked our biggest threat down the left hand side.
Mikel Arteta: 6.5/10 – Had his shin studded by Mikel and his ankle nearly taken off by Ramires. Battled hard in the midfield.
Aaron Ramsey: 5/10 – Looked off the pace, careless with the ball, but showed why the manager kept him on with the beautiful pass that Giroud should have scored from.
Tomas Rosicky: 6/10 – Ran around with great energy as always, some of his combo plays almost came off, but found no way through.
Theo Walcott: 6/10 – Didn’t do very much, his game really isn’t suited to teams that sit so deep and deny us space. However, he should have had a penalty but for, you know, Mike Dean.
Mesut Ozil: 5/10 – Another game in which he struggled to impose himself and have any kind of real impact, but he’ll come good again. We’re somewhat baffled by the murmurings of discontent with him overall. Yes, he can play better, but he’s hardly a flop.
Olivier Giroud: 4/10 – We love the HFB around these parts, nobody does the agonised roar of despair more handsomely, but he should have buried the chance Ramsey set up for him late in the second half. While you can’t lay all the issues with our performance at his door, that’s the difference between one point and three tonight.
None, for the first time in a long time under Arsene Wenger. Perhaps ensuring that he didn’t disrupt the rhythm of a team which was not under any real pressure from Chelsea. After the 6-3, perhaps it was safety first.
Mike Dean: Go f*ck yourself/10
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