Arsenal 1-1 Everton: player ratings

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A pulsating 1-1 draw with Everton extended our lead to the top of the table to 5 points. How did the players rate?

We think like this.

Wojciech Szczesny: 8/10 – Really had no chance with the goal, amazing some people think he did. Those people need their heads examined. Overall another good, strong performance, making important saves.

Carl Jenkinson: 6/10 – Struggled with Oviedo in the early stages but got to grips with him then. Played pretty well, switched on defensively throughout.

Per Mertesacker: 7/10 – A little hurried in possession at times as Everton pressed, but otherwise his usual unflappable self.

Laurent Koscielny: 8/10 – This bloke really is something. And they say Wenger can’t buy defenders.

Kieran Gibbs: 6/10 – Will probably get blamed for the goal but sometimes you have to just credit fantastic play from the opponent – he really couldn’t have been much tighter. Got forward well too.

Mikel Arteta: 7/10 – Found himself a bit overrun in midfield, often left with two men running right at him, but his 5 tackles and 2 interceptions, helped keep Everton at bay.

Jack Wilshere: 5/10 – Did not have a good day, seemed a bit unfocused from the start and had Wojciech Szczesny to thank when he, for some inexplicable reason, let a ball run to an Everton man on the edge of our box.

Aaron Ramsey: 6/10 – It was inevitable that his hard work and non-stop running would catch up with him at some point. Today seemed to be that day.

Santi Cazorla: 6/10 – Again struggled to find his form, but worked hard charging up and down the left hand side as Seamus Coleman rampaged forward.

Mesut Ozil: 7/10 – Dare we say it? Another slightly underwhelming performance but a massive contribution with the goal.

Olivier Giroud: 7/10 – Battled hard against, possibly, the best central defensive pairing (outside Mertescienly) in the league. Almost won it late on with a wonderful strike which cannoned back off the corner of the bar.

Subs

Theo Walcott: 7/10 – Made an impact, heading back across goal which led to Ozil scoring.

Tomas Rosicky: 7/10 – Provided the ball for Walcott to head back across goal.

Mathieu Flamini: 6/10 – Had a decent effort on goal, but will probably look back at the Everton equaliser and be annoyed with himself that he didn’t stop Barkley by fair means or foul.

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nishanth
nishanth

Big decisions for Arsene to make in the coming days with tough matches against city and Chelsea. Surely theo will have to start on the right hand side. But sadly this means Jack will have to be dropped. Also as good as Santi is maybe Rosicky deserves to start ahead of him right. Rosicky lacks end product at times but we seem to play better when he is there.

AFC
AFC

I think out of them, Cazorla should be dropped. He’s not had a good game since he’s been back.

dan
dan

How does dropping a player altogether improve fitness, form, and confidence? Might give him a kick in the arse but I don’t think it’s necessary.

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

How does Rosicky keep on performing so well if being on the bench is so bad for fitness, form, and confidence?

Remember the invincibles

Rosicky is special

Geezer
Geezer

Wenger is being pretty cautious with Rosicky. We know he is a great player, but can not play 3 games a week (despite his footballing age being 20).

I feel that Ozil and Ramsey deserve a rest mid-week, though it is an important game against Napoli. We should be able to field a side to get the necessary point. For all we know, Cazorla might regain his form with Ozil off the pitch, as he prefers to be the main man.

Heroldgoon
Heroldgoon

He is half right. Dropping a player to the bench doesn’t neccesarily constitute to a loss of confidence. (see sir chesney) especially for an accomplished profession like cazorla who knows very well he hasn’t been upto his standards and a brief stint on the bench with cameos on the 60th – 70th minute could do wonders for him.

trigger happy
trigger happy

Cazorla needs to be more central, orchestrating play. He’s wasted on the wings. Ozil on the other hand is great at using the little extra space that he gets on the wings; but boy he does not track back.

Arteta didn’t have the legs to keep up yesterday. Barkley is good. However, Arteta made him look prodigious.

Webbeldez

Apologies Sir, but that is Poppy cock.

Cazorla played on the wing for Malaga and Spain.

Ozil is in the highlights on Arsenal Player, on his own goal line making a clearance ( albeit to an Everton player about 40 yards out ) but he is back there getting stuck in.

Arteta has plenty of beautiful legs, our formation was well read by Martinez who played and effective counter to upset our midfield. Arteta was often facing two Evertonians.

That’s almost impossible to defend in any midfielders book.

The team played a good game. We always knew it would be a hard one, but we still came out of it with a point and a smile.

jedi
jedi

Rosicky and Theo will start against Napoli knowing Wenger. They must start against City for me. And why mustn’t Jack be dropped? No one is guaranteed a spot in the team.

Heroldgoon
Heroldgoon

Sir Chesneys passionate celebration deserved a win. Shame about that half a yard deofleu got…

somebody shut down La masia!

Damn it!
Damn it!

And the as*holes are already looking at Ramsey! Because they are the BEST youth academy in the world! AS*holes!!!

The ghost of Peter Storey
The ghost of Peter Storey

I think that the euphemism is “rested” or “rotated”.

raron aamsey
raron aamsey

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Jack played okay, by no means a 5/10 game. Ramsey had by far his poorest game today, unfortunately; regularly out of position, several poor passes, poor decisions. Not getting on his back, but it was a disappointment, as his performance was probably the difference between a draw and victory.

raron aamsey
raron aamsey

Also just read the rest the article. Ozil underwhelming??? You should probably get someone else to do the ratings in future, no offence mate.

Hugo
Hugo

Jack was always in line to have a poor game. Not his usual position. Theo is recovering from illness but soon, I think he’d make that right spot his own, he looked sharp when on today.

Also, need Flamini against City the MOST. You could see how Arteta was facing havoc against Barkley and Mirallas, he’s too easy to get past sometimes due to lack of speed, and Flamini will be essential epecially against Yaya Toure and co.

Also Rosicky. Gotta love how he breezed past Delolfou, who must have like 99 pace in Fifa. 33 years old.

Getitright
Getitright

Ozil was disappointing. Yes he scored and when he has the ball he’s phenomonal, no arguing over that but man, the guy refuses to do anything defensively. He’ll let people slip right past him instead of going into a tackle when they’re right in front of them. He needs a change of attitude.

AP
AP

I guess the Getitright was a note to self for future comments.

Heroldgoon
Heroldgoon

Choose one mate do you want the assists and/or key passes or do you want frimpong-esque tackles?

batt18les
batt18les

At times he tried as hard as anyone (bar Koscielny). He covers a lot of distance, makes space up front, creates chances and defends not in numbers (tackles, interceptions etc.) but with his positioning and senseing the danger. Can’t believe people demand “much more” from him. He’s doing it all. If you don’t see it then maybe you don’t want to ar you read wrong articles. In terms of committment and attitude he’s fantastic. As I’ve said before. Today only player who looked to want to win more than Mesut was Laurent. Both are monsters.

Heroldgoon
Heroldgoon

I’ve also realised Rosicky likes to leave young enthusiastic players with fresh knees on his wake as he bursts forward.

the other day it was Reus today deofleu. He really is a unique player this one.

AP
AP

That video of rosicky against cristiano is one of my faves.

Parisian Weetabix
Parisian Weetabix

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DlcBr5LZe4

I was personally responsible for 350,000 of the 700,000 views.

Heroldgoon
Heroldgoon

Thanks abunch parisian weetabix. that was trully magical.

with the left and the right
with the left and the right

spot on. Ramsey plays his worst game all season but he still gets a 6 which is basically average. He was not average, he was poor particualry in the first half. Call it fatigue or call it on off day, but our fluency in attack depends on Ramsey taking care of the ball, and he simply did not do that tonight. Gave the ball away cheaply numerous times and his first touch was just generally poor throughout. When he plays badly we get overrun in the middle as what happened tonight, which means that Giroud can’t get involved and has too drop deeper to get a hold of the ball. It forces Ozil to do that as well and play far too close to Arteta to have much of an impact going forward. And it narrows our play by forcing Cazorla and Wilshere to drift inside much more than they should have to in order to get involved. Ramsey’s become a crucial part of this midfield and he’s been great thus the burden of consistency should be greater. if he plays badly then our attacking play is thrown out of whack. He MUST get a rest against Napoli, he can’t play like that against City or Chelsea and expect Arsenal to win.

levonson
levonson

at least his opening 30 minutes will have put Barca off! Main concern was his 1st touch seemed so flaky..everyone has their off day i suppose – i know he bossed Toure pre-season but flam and arteta looks like a good call for man city

Wembley Gooner
Wembley Gooner

Will look back at this game as a great point at the end of the season when we lift the PL Trophy 🙂 COYG!!!!

AFC
AFC

I wanted to cry for Giroud after that crossbar shot 🙁

Mooro
Mooro

Pretty spot on ratings. Rambo especially was fucked in the 2nd half. Definitely needs a rest against Napoli.

I’d give Flamini an extra point for coming on and barking at everyone.

At one point, having no one near him to bollock, he told told the the East Lower to buck it’s ideas up!

Jan
Jan

Oddly enough Rambo played a lot better in the second half but agreed he’s the only one who hasn’t been rested recently. Even Giroud’s got a rest. We can afford to rest him in Naples because we’ve got the massive front foot. We need Ramsey for Man City.

Heroldgoon
Heroldgoon

This was the most physical game Ozil has been in since his arrival and i have to say he did well. he was not underwhelming like you suggest. i’ll tell you who was underwhelming. Cazorla. Has been for a while now too. Rosicky is due a start as is Walcott.

Fellonious
Fellonious

True, all of it. I don’t think anyone deserves much criticism, tbh. Everton are a good team, they are doing well. It was a hard game but we didn’t crack or do anything stupid, we scored when the opportunity came. Unfortunately, the goal was class and an excellent finish. Credit to them, they deserved a goal for their efforts all game. Our defense still did good despite conceding, and we didn’t relinquish our advantage at the top.

AP
AP

Caz is underwhelming primarily because he didnt have a preseason and then had an injury. Without preseason the best bet to hit top form is generally second half of season.

Hurensohn
Hurensohn

I though Ozil was one of our best players today, I’m not sure what more people want him to do. He got on the ball, played passes that created space and opportunities, scored a goal and considering where he’s been playing football for the past 4 years, dealt really well with the physical attention. He’s not great going the other way, see Oviedo’s space in first half but he adjusted and that wasn’t a huge factor in the second.

Anyone who’s seen much of him before this season will know he’s not a player that dominates games like a Pirlo or Xavi, dictating from deep or a Zidane/Riquelme playing higher up, finding spaces in little holes. He drifts in and out of games playing passes that will keep an attack moving putting the ball where the opposition least want it.

The big man upfront was our best player today though, was gutted he missed that chance that we thankfully scored from. He really deserved a goal. I would have went and bought a 2nd shirt with his name on the back had that volley went in.

Arteta's hair
Arteta's hair

Kos could easily have gotten a 9 today. So aggressive, yet very composed when needed. Good going forward as well forward. Such a boss.

Swedegunner
Swedegunner

yeah he was man of the match for me

batt18les
batt18les

Agreed. Laurent Koscielny MOTM and the best CB in Premier League. He was out of this world today and not anly at the back. These sprints forward after interceptions…
I love him. And his attitude and desire to win and committment

Balls
Balls

Strangest boner right now.

don
don

Jenkinson is fucking shit. We should sign a rb in jan as sagna will be going soon

MarcoGooner
MarcoGooner

hes a gooner tho

ZDR
ZDR

Jenkinson looked a lot better today than against Hull. He’s not at Sagna’s level and may well never be, but he improves when given a run of games.

Heroldgoon
Heroldgoon

When you make comparisons of Sagns to Jenko he will always come up short. sagna is simply a beast…..jenko is still learning his trade.

Jan
Jan

Sagna also has a good 10 years of experience on Jenkinson. You just can’t compare the two.

Double Canister
Double Canister

Best crosser of the ball we’ve got

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

Theo’s learning, though.

Geezer
Geezer

I feel it Monreal is the best crosser we got.

Arvind
Arvind

And Ozil?

VT
VT

Thought Arteta was pretty poor, especially when he lost the ball late in the game and let Lukaku have a run at goal. Agree that Rosicky should start ahead of Cazorla, he is trying too hard now.

waitressinthesky
waitressinthesky

Arteta did fine as usual — though that error at the end could have been costly. So many tackles and intercepted balls.

Heroldgoon
Heroldgoon

Can we atleast rejoice the fact that we get to beat sp*rs 3 times this season.

Pakistan Arsenal!
Pakistan Arsenal!

Was really shocked when we conceded the goal. That’s how good our defense has been! Really gutted though. Really wanted us to make it 7 points with city and chelsea coming. Well played everton though. Bring on napoli! COYG

GunnerJake
GunnerJake

Özil quiet? He ran the show offensively

AP
AP

I guess when one gets what ozil does, it would indicate the next level of understanding of the game.

Kenneth
Kenneth

Gibbs..

You say he couldnt get tighter, i must disagree. Gerrard had a bad touch, and Gibbs should put him under a bigger pressure.

AP
AP

If he got a step tighter, it was a pass to Coleman and a cross to lukaku waiting to happen. Problem started when Flamini got turned, Arteta went for the overload on that duel too late and got caught upfield, that made Rosicky move central to be where Arteta shudve been, resulting in a 2 on 1 against Gibbs. Still Gibbs kept it at a position where it really needed something of a wonderstrike to score (it was an acute angle and keeper was still there), and thats pretty much the best he can do from there, when compromised u play by probabilities.
So, lets give credit where its due.

RamboFlamboArtamboMidfieldCombo
RamboFlamboArtamboMidfieldCombo

Interesting to see the team selection against Napoli. Agree that Theo and Rosicky should come in to freshen things up a bit

trimi
trimi

I feel so sad, yet so proud.

Toby C
Toby C

I hate to say it but Jack seems to be our weakest midfielder at the moment. I have no doubt he’ll refind his form but he hasn’t yet. Rambo is definitely knackered but I feel he’s better when given the freedom of Ozil’s role i.e. behind the striker with Ozil on a flank.

tae
tae

gibbs jenkinson arteta wilshere ramsey santi need to step up

Pakistan Arsenal!
Pakistan Arsenal!

I agree. Jenkinsons inexperience was exposed today at times. But he’ll learn. He’s still young. Let’s believe in him guys.

AP
AP

And still it was the other flank where most shots against us were taken from inside the box 🙂

pauly bear
pauly bear

If gibbs wasnt to blame for the goal why did he only get a 6?? I dont think he put a foot wrong and got forward at every chance.

I taught chez was poor for the goal it was straight at him.

Here come the thumbs downs !

deano

Don’t think Chez saw the ball until it was passing him. Credit where it’s due the lad used Gibbs well then smashed it home.

Adam, Watford
Adam, Watford

Did you also see a ‘ puddy tat ‘ ?

It was a great strike, hardly any back-lift and Gibbs was right on him. Fair play to Deulofeu, he looks like a fantastic talent, he was always going to be a danger. We can’t say we weren’t warned.

Hurensohn
Hurensohn

Gibbs was at fault for their goal, it’s not like their player done anything particularly tricky or anything. Maybe if the shot flew in at the near post you could say good goal, Gibbs was hard done by, but that he created enough space to hit it across the keeper suggest he wasn’t doing his job defensively well enough. I’m sure the same thing happened against Southampton from a little further out too (?). Gives an otherwise solid player something to work on.

benvnc
benvnc

Imagine if that last shot by Giroud went in… I’ll definitely be dreaming about that tonight

Föx In the Box
Föx In the Box

Özil and Koscielny our best performers on the day. Özil ability to play in tight situations took alot of pressure off us

percyofgod
percyofgod

Thought Kos deserves an additional one point for keep Saurez silent the other day and doing same for Lukaku today.

ZookerGooner
ZookerGooner

I’d switch Jack’s and Rambo’s ratings, maybe even a 4 for the latter (he was hard to watch), and give Kos a 11/10 for letting “baby drogba” do absolutely nothing of note or anyone else when it was his calling. 5 points clear, some breathing room ahead of our two toughest games. Start Bendter for Napoli, Giroud took advantage of his rest over the week. (The shot off the bar at the end was inches from being the stuff of legends.) COYG!

TommyGun
TommyGun

Disagree about ozil, thought he looked a lot sharper today. Good side Everton and a good point

14
14

Gibbs I think had no chance. Had he got a little more tight, the full back was available on the overlap. Credit to Everton for not giving up.

Zim Gunner
Zim Gunner

I agree.
I do not think we can really fault Gibbs for Everton’s goal. Had he been too tight, that barca kid would have released it to the overlapping runner. I think that is why Gibbs hesitated besides it,was a semi- wonderstrike

Double Canister
Double Canister

Rosicky could have helped him a bit more, Gibbs was dealing with 2 attackers in the box and could not over commit to the man with the ball.

Lasagna
Lasagna

There is reason to think maybe Rosicky should get a chance instead of Cazorla, Santi seems to struggle abit at the moment and Rosicky have been quiet good when he have been introduced from the bench.

Toby C
Toby C

I was peed off with Sceszny who kicked the ball out at one point when most of the arsenal team were in or around his area. This gave Everton possession and I think led to their goal.

I was also peed off with Theo! They’d just equalised, we’re legging it up the pitch and he’s jogging! I’d like to see that boy put a shift in one day!

Still, a points a point. And 5 clear can’t be bad. COYG!

gooner odst
gooner odst

Özil at times showed glimpses of sheer quality, the type that Santi showed last season. A deft touch to maintain possession , a slight body feint that a boxer would be proud of etc. A bit of quality when the rest of the cylinders are struggling.

Koscielny made Lukaku his bitch for the most part but that lad is still dangerous, a frightening prospect and could develop into an annoying striker to deal with if his confidence is high. Hopefully going back to Chealsea will ruin his confidence and render him ‘as harmless as a Torres’.

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

Is Ozil finding it difficult to really shine with the faster English game and the much closer and more persistent marking and fouling than he would have seen in either Germany or Spain? Not an accusation, just a question, because if he is finding it hard to adapt then just think what he’ll be like in his second season with us, when he flowers like Giroud did.

Ryano
Ryano

I thought Ozil was very good, he worked hard and took he’s goal well. It’s reassuring for the team when he gets the ball because no matter how tight an area his in he usually keeps the ball. Unlike Denison or some cunt of old…

AP
AP

Ozil was awesome considering almost all other midfielders had a bad day due to various reasons. If even Ozil had a bad day we wudve been overrun for all the 90 mins.

Daggadag
Daggadag

On a positive, we played poorly , they played out of their skin and couldn’t win, can’t be mad at that

Sanjeev
Sanjeev

Giroud should get an extra point for that clever dummy to allow Ozil to score.

Andy
Andy

I thought that shot took a slight deflection off Gibbs’ leg
If you would have asked me Friday if I’d have been happy to be 5 clear come Monday if have taken your hand off!

OneCannon
OneCannon

cant win every game peeps….great game good point….city be shittin 1…bring it

MarcoGooner
MarcoGooner

Wilshere couldnt be arsed today that was frustrating.
Caz needs some confidence and he’ll be banging in the goals, he’ll come good end of the season.
Gibbs crossing was much better today, probably feeling the pressure of Nacho which is good. Monreal still offers more in the final third.
Ramsey and Arteta were 5/10 today along with Wilshere and Caz. Ozil only midfielder that was alright.
Start Rosicky V them Italians and them cunts on saturday.

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

I actually thought Wilshere had a better game than Ramsey. Shocked by the comment on Ozil, thought he played pretty well too. I don’t blame Gibbs or Sczcney for the goal; at first it looked like Sczcney could have stopped it but in full motion, the shot was clearly too fast. Finally, impressed with Jenkinson today, hopefully he’ll keep the consistency going

German Gunner
German Gunner

Don’t forget you must not say anything even slightly negative about Ramsey here, he’s having a dream season but should have been subbed after 20 mins, totally overrun and kept giving away the ball.
Ozil was out of this world at times, Ozil 7 Ramsey 6 , Joke!!

Ethan
Ethan

My god its you again.

German Gunner
German Gunner

Grow some balls sheep, it’s ok not to follow the leader sometimes!! Baaaaaa

clement
clement

Santi was poor as well as Wishere.Theo and Rosicky need to come in in midweek and the weekend too. I still feel a world class striker in January won’t hurt.

SciGunner
SciGunner

Ozil underwhelming today? Are we talking about the same match mate? He was excellent today, Wenger acknowledged it in the post match comments.

George the Gooner
George the Gooner

Özil best player by far today, 8/10 for sure. Arteta not good enough. Giroud great hold-up play but no end product, and for some time, needs to get his shooting boots on fast! Everton played well but after going 1-0 up we should have seen the game out, couldn’t keep possession and we were punished for it. 2pts dropped.

ZDR
ZDR

My ideal lineup for Napoli:

Chesney
Jenk – Mert – Kos – Monreal
Flamini – Arteta
Wilshere – Ozil – Rosicky
Giroud

I’d like to rest Ozil for Cazorla but I think his presence is important. Give Ramsey a break, and probably bring on Theo and Cazorla for Ozil and Wilshere after 60 or so minutes if we’re not losing.

Xhani
Xhani

Start Gnabry instead of Wilshere and maybe Cazorla instead of Ozil, I think he needs a game in that No.10 Spot with Ozil off the pitch to find his feet.

Xhani
Xhani

Little bit harsh on Jenko, I thought he did his job well all game and also got forward quite well. Also, I thought Ozil looked more involved and influential today than he did in almost any other game, bar the Napoli game. Just don’t see how Ozil and Cazorla got the same rating when Cazorla really couldn’t find his feet all game, meanwhile Ozil was arguably our best player apart from Koscielny.

seangooner
seangooner

Overall I agree with your ratings but I thought that Ozil was better than a 7. Everytime he touched the ball, players gathered around him and somehow he still managed to draw a foul or get passed them and play an incisive ball. His goal was just reward for his hardwork.

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

I think maybe Ozil got marked down a point due to the level of expectation the rater has for him (naming no names, to protect the identity of the Blogger);

Anthony Payne
Anthony Payne

I fail to see how Giroud gets the same rating as Ozil. His chance:goal conversion rate is pretty poor. We might as well play with a false number 9. At least we would be able to keep the ball.

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

You only rate him on the shots he takes?

Dave
Dave

For me Koscielny was outstanding. Physically contained the beast, and read the game brilliantly. The amount of times he read the cross and calmly controlled the ball to play it out from the back.
Also, I felt the rating for Flamini was a tad harsh. Like a jack russell, tearing shit up, chasing everything. As always he wanted it more than anyone else, lifted the team and crowd as well as nearly scoring, which isn’t in his job description.

Lets fuck up the sp*ds in the FA cup! COYG!

Andrew
Andrew

Cazorla a 5, Giroud a 6. Otherwise, spot on. Would really like to see Theo back out there starting, and maybe give Nacho some starts.

Gummo
Gummo

Mertesacker was immense today, especially the first half when we were being overrun. 8/10 at least.

Dave
Dave

Also, I brought deulofeu into my fantasy football team this week. Not sure how to feel about that…

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

Feel happy while kicking yourself in the bollocks for being unfaithful.

Yas
Yas

Santi and jack where pretty poor today. I hope Santi finds his form again. Thought Ozil did really well today actually not underwelming at all

GhanaGunner
GhanaGunner

Don’t know if its a good or bad thing but y’all need to understand Everton is one of the in form teams. I say, with the way they played today especially in the first half they could have beaten any team in the league but arsenal. It’s just one of those days we need to credit the fact that they were good and also the fact that we were unlucky with that Giroud shot and just revel in that. We are still 5 points ahead if we dont lose to city we will be fine i have a feeling we will be breaking that Mourinho jinx this month.

Purple gloves man
Purple gloves man

Most encouraging thing, Everton brought their A game, we weathered then got on top. Unlucky with the equaliser and giroud hitting the bar, but a point that takes us further clear is the best type of point.