Well that’s 811 and not out for Arsene Wenger but we’ve seen better in the Frenchman’s previous 810 Premier League games.
It wasn’t just 2017 that drew to a close yesterday. Despite a late goal to put us ahead from a James McClean own goal, via an Alexis Sanchez free kick, a late penalty levelled the scores just before full time.
With the last 10 minutes of the game being more eventful than the first 80, it was quite hard to pick one player man of the match. So here are a few players that played relatively well for us at The Hawthornes.
First up is Shkodran Mustafi. In a game where our opponents made better of the lesser possession, Mustafi was our best defender on the day.
Shining again in the middle of the back three, Mustafi looked up to the challenge as he battled in the header and regained possession for us a few times.
Going forward, one player that needs to get a mention despite not setting the world alight is Alexis Sanchez.
It looked like the Chilean had scraped us another win when his free kick was redirected home by McClean but it wasn’t to be. Sanchez did well to win the free kick though and was confident enough to have a pop at goal.
Someone who got himself about a bit without showing a clinical touch was Alex Iwobi. Coming in to replace Mesut Ozil, he looked good when playing one touch passes in and around the box but as is often the case, just didn’t have his shooting boots.
Up against another compact defence, Alexandre Lacazette was left to his on devices for large parts of the game. However, he didn’t just stand still, he did make an effort to get some shots off at goal but just couldn’t quite direct the ball home.
A much better performance is needed against Chelsea on Wednesday.