Well, that wasn’t a great way to end 2017 was it. An uninspiring performance which turned into an undeserved three points before Mike Dean and Jay Rodriguez brought us back down to earth.
Looking over the course of the game it wasn’t too dissimilar to our other performances of late. Lots of possession, the odd chance and our opposition looking dangerous in our box.
So, here’s how the players got on to their trip to Birmingham:
Petr Cech – 6.0
Looked clumsy at times and everyone is still longing for the day when Cech saves a penalty for Arsenal.
Calum Chambers – 6.5
Had a solid game for the most part defensively which will unfortunately be remembered for being the cause of a penalty that should never have been.
Shkodran Mustafi – 7.0
Again, the best in the back three as he did his job when called upon, looking confident and assured but couldn’t do anything to save all three points for Arsenal.
Laurent Koscielny – 6.2
Thankfully showed a bit of improvement from his recent showings but was still nothing much to right about before being substituted for Per Mertesacker.
Hector Bellerin – 6.4
A pretty quiet game from Bellerin, like we’ve been used to this season. He was unlucky not to connect with Lacazette with a nice through ball the Frenchman didn’t read.
Jack Wilshere – 6.8
Wasn’t as amazing as in previous but still a solid outing. There were flashes from Wilshere which could have changed the game including his pass to start a move between Lacazette and Iwobi but it wasn’t to be.
Granit Xhaka – 6.4
Like usual, Xhaka didn’t offer too much in midfield and it’s starting to become a mystery to me how he’s keeping his place in the side.
Sead Kolasinac – 6.6
Showed an improvement from recent weeks when on, as he ventured forward with purpose but was forced off in the first half through injury.
Alex Iwobi – 6.8
Replaced Ozil in the starting line up but lacked that finishing touch. Iwobi showed some quality touches around the box when linking up with Lacazette, but should have scored on a couple of occasions.
Alexis Sanchez – 7.0
Turned out to be the player to earn the point for us but didn’t have the best of games.
Alexandre Lacazette – 6.7
Was unfortunate to see his shots saved but did well to create chances for himself against a compact defence. Almost put us ahead with a cute touch which trickled just wide.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles – 6.5
Came on to replace Kolasinac down the left and was solid for the most part, almost setting up teammates in the box in the dying moments.