Petr Cech – 3
Came out too timidly on the corner that led to the first goal and let the second goal squeeze under him. He’s a keeper several years past his prime playing behind a weak defence so it’s not surprising. Thankfully made a few saves to keep it to only a one-goal deficit, but a lot of the blame lands on him.
Calum Chambers – 4.5
Possibly deserved a lower score, but I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt since he was playing out of position. The Brighton winger was looking to exploit his lack of pace throughout and won that battle. Really shows our lack of depth in defence.
Shkodran Mustafi – 5.5
Minus the second goal where he was out of position on the header, he had a decent game. Led the team in aerial duels won, interceptions, and clearances.
Laurent Koscielny – 4
Another bad game from the captain. One of several bad passes led to the second goal. He should be playing the Mertesacker role considering how much speed he’s lost over the past season or so. Yet, he continues to push forward along with Mustafi, leading to both of them having to rush back all the time.
Sead Kolasinac – 5
Our cleanest passer on the day had 2 key passes and offered a lot going forward when we finally got a hold of possession. Just too slow to get back on defence and help out when we’re being countered.
Jack Wilshere – 5
Dribbled past some people but never executed anything substantial in attack. With Xhaka staying back in midfield, Wilshere doesn’t seem to have anyone to hook up with. He works a little better in a midfield three where he can have a second midfielder push up alongside him.
Granit Xhaxa – 6.5
It feels like I’ve been saying this quite often lately, but Xhaka was our best player. He filled in for Kolasinac and Mustafi when they were caught out on multiple occasions. He provided the assist to Aubameyang. He was cleaner with his passes than in the Man City games.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan – 5.5
An improvement upon some of his recent performances. He led the team in key passes and was pretty clean with the ball. He also had a good shot saved. It’s easy to see his potential as well as others just being masked by our lack of any decent system or tactics.
Mesut Ozil – 5
A pretty similar performance to Mkhitaryan’s just with fewer positives. He had a good shot on goal, a key pass, and helped in the buildup to the goal. His expectation to perform is higher than most of the other players though because of how good he is and he didn’t meet those today. It seems like he’s been in a slump for most of 2018 and hopefully, he finds form soon at least in the Europa League.
Alex Iwobi – 3
Utterly terrible to be honest. Minus the pass that led to Xhaka’s assist, he provided absolutely nothing. He lost possession six times and had a howler of a pass nearly lead to another Brighton goal.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 6
He’s starting to learn how we play which led to him getting more of the ball. Dropped deeper when necessary, leading to him having two key passes. His great reaction speed led to him sidefooting Xhaka’s pass into the back of the net and he had another good shot saved.
Danny Welbeck – 4.5
How do you lose possession four times when you only came on for the last 20 minutes?!
Eddie Nketiah – N/A
Not on long enough to rate but showed some fight.
Hector Bellerin – N/A
Not on long enough to rate but saved our butts with his speed.