Arsenal 1-2 Watford: Player Ratings

Arsenal 1-2 Watford: Player Ratings

So, Arsenal couldn’t stay on track after the international break. Like a few games earlier this season, Saturday’s encounter was a game of two halves, with Watford trumping us in the all-important second half. Here’s how the players got on at Vicarage Road.
Petr Cech – 5.8
Our number one did well to keep one of his records in tact on Saturday, seeing Troy Deeney’s penalty fly past him meant he still hasn’t one in an Arsenal shirt.
Laurent Koscielny – 6.5
Koscielny had a decent run out while on the pitch but still possibly carrying an Achilles injury he didn’t stand out too much before being subbed off.
Per Mertesacker – 7.2
Out of the back three Mertesacker had the best performance, well in the first half anyway. He did well positionally to plug holes in the defence as well as scoring in his first Premier League start in over a year. However, as the game grew older he seemed to lose steam which Deeney admitted gave him encouragement for his cameo.
Nacho Monreal – 6.6
Unfortunately, Monreal couldn’t replicate his pre-break form and didn’t make a huge difference during the game.
Hector Bellerin – 6.1
Bellerin has definitely had better days at the office than on Saturday. Other than giving away the penalty in the second half, the Spaniard just didn’t seem at it as he repeatedly found himself out of position.
Mohamed Elneny – 6.5
Taking Aaron Ramsey’s place in the midfield, Elneny didn’t offer too much going forward apart from a speculative effort which flew over the crossbar.
Granit Xhaka – 6.6
For the majority of the game, Xhaka kept things ticking as well as assisting Mertesacker’s goal but unfortunately, and probably rightfully so, will only be remembered for failing to track Tom Cleverley’s run into the box for his last gasp winner.
Sead Kolasinac – 6.3
Kolasinac had a pretty uninfluential game but could have changed that when he was through on goal with a few options but he couldn’t quite pick one.
Alex Iwobi – 7.2
One of the brighter sparks on the day, Iwobi looked like our biggest threat going forward as he took players on but he couldn’t quite keep his goalscoring form going as Gomes tipped a close effort from him around the post.
Danny Welbeck – 7.0
Making his first appearance in a few weeks, Welbeck had a decent game which was sadly cut short by what looked like a hamstring injury.
Alexandre Lacazette – 6.8
Lacazette seemed to struggle a bit on Saturday as his teammates couldn’t quite pick him out whether he came short or long, it just wasn’t his day.
Olivier Giroud – 6.3
Unfortunately, Giroud’s entrance didn’t have the desired effect as he failed to make any impact while on the pitch.
Mesut Ozil – 6.1
Probably coming on earlier than he’d have liked to for Danny Welbeck, Ozil had a day to forget. From missing a one-on-one to a bad touch leading to a Watford goal it wasn’t the birthday present he was looking for.
Rob Holding – N/A
Holding came on in the last five minutes and his only involvement really was failing to block Cleverley’s goal.

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