I’m not quite sure how it works in England, but in the States, snow days are a huge deal as a kid. When the weather forecast shows a huge snow storm coming overnight, you pray that you wake up to news of your school closed down for the day. Maybe you even neglect to complete your homework because you’re banking on there being no school the next day. The worst feeling ever is when you wake up and see no such news.
I bet this is how the Arsenal players felt when they realized they had to go through with another game against Man City in 5 days. Here’s how the players did…
Petr Cech – 5.5
One brilliant curler and two point-blank assaults on goal. It’s hard to ask anyone besides David de Gea to save shots like that. He had better distribution than Ospina and kept the scoreline only semi-embarrassing with two saves.
Sead Kolasinac – 4.5
He wasn’t as awful as Bellerin, so he’s got that going for him. He needed to do better to stop the likes of Silva and Aguero from cutting inside to put a shot on goal or pass across goal.
Laurent Koscielny – 4.5
Sad to see how much the captain is quickly fading. It’s gotten to the point where it’s like he’s stuck in Mertesacker’s body. He wants to make the right move but is then too cumbersome to execute it in time.
Shkodran Mustafi – 4
Certainly, an improvement from the final but that’s not saying much. He and Koscielny just seemed to be playing in slow motion compared to the lightning-quick City attack.
Hector Bellerin – 3
A certain Youtube channel is probably satisfied that Bellerin finally had a woeful performance. 12 of City’s 22 (no that’s not a typo) completed dribbles were in Arsenal’s half, on Bellerin’s side of the field. Sane and Aguero took him to the cleaners.
Granit Xhaka – 6
He’s been forced to play a lot of defence in the past two games. Thankfully, he didn’t completely shut off like the rest of the team, completing the most tackles in the game with 6. He was also relatively tidy with the ball, completing an Arsenal-high 64 passes (85%).
Aaron Ramsey – 5.5
A lot of the attack went through him, with the highlight being his turn and shot that was saved by Ederson. Didn’t want to play defence, but who can blame him?
Danny Welbeck – 4
I hope the IOB (Iwobi Out Brigade) is happy. They got what they wished for. Instead of a young, promising winger with a lot of fight they got ol’ Danny Welbeck. He runs around but doesn’t do actually do a whole lot.
Mesut Ozil – 4.5
Not the same decisive Ozil we’re used to seeing. He seemed to hesitate more than he usually does before making a move. His passing suffered because of it as he only completed 77%.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan – 4
A higher work-rate than Ozil, but even less of an end-product. That’s another low pass-completion game for the Armenian as he only completed 71%. I’m still not quite ready to say Mourinho was right in benching him.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 3.5
When you’re completely starved for service for 2 games, a penalty is a good way to show your team, “Hey, look, I can easily make goals, so start feeding me the ball.” Well, he got his opportunity for a clear shot on goal and failed that too.