Two games in and the meltdown seems to have started already. Arsenal couldn’t quite replicate their 4-1 victory away at Stoke from last season in what proved to be a frustrating 1-0 loss. After announcing the availability of a couple of defenders the performance at the back didn’t seem to improve from last week, so here’s how everyone played.
Petr Cech – 6.5
The Czech didn’t have too much to do yesterday seeing as we had the majority of possession but the one time we needed him most he failed to stay big in front of goal.
Shkodran Mustafi – 6.7
On his return to first team football Mustafi wasn’t too bad but was far from his best. There were a few occasions where he looked to mistime challenges but that will come with more game time.
Nacho Monreal – 6.4
Once again it was the Spaniard who lined up in the middle of the three man defence but again he didn’t look too promising. Despite having the know-how at left back his inexperience at centre back was clear as he failed to track the run of Jese Rodriguez for his goal.
Sead Kolasinac – 6.4
Unfortunately our new boy couldn’t keep his run of good performances going. He failed to push forward like he has done before and defensively he didn’t look to be helping the unit when needed.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 7.6
Playing on the right, the Ox showed why he is such a valued member of this squad. He was able to drive past opponents with purpose and whip balls into the box time after time but just wasn’t rewarded for his efforts.
Aaron Ramsey – 6.8
Like many on the day Ramsey didn’t impress too much but out of the central midfielders he was probably the stand out. He showed glimpses of why he was chosen ahead of Elneny as well as getting on the end of a great Oxlade-Chamberlain delivery which he really should have finished.
Granit Xhaka – 6.3
It was a bit of an off day for Xhaka yesterday. He didn’t seem to string passes together as easily as he normally would and was caught out of position a couple of times, one time effectively leading to Stoke’s goal.
Hector Bellerin – 6.7
Probably to everyone’s surprise Bellerin played the game on the left hand side. Even though his performance wasn’t too noteworthy as he didn’t really challenge his opposite number on his weaker side, he did have two potential penalty shouts which could have arguably changed the game.
Mesut Ozil – 6.2
Sadly there wasn’t an improvement from last week’s performance for Ozil as he was pretty irrelevant in the game.
Danny Welbeck – 6.9
It was more of the same from Welbeck. He did well when getting himself into good positions with good link up play but just couldn’t apply the proper finishing touch.
Alexandre Lacazette – 7.0
Like Welbeck, Lacazette was one of our stronger performers as he managed to keep the ball and link play well as well as scoring a great goal which was ruled out for offside, the call was a tad questionable.
Olivier Giroud – 6.8
When coming on the Frenchman definitely made an impact. He was able to pull the Stoke defence near him to free up his partners which led to a couple of good chances following his flick ons.
Alex Iwobi – 6.5
Despite looking like a promising substitute Iwobi didn’t make much of an impact.
Theo Walcott – 6.4
Like Iwobi, Walcott didn’t pull up any trees once on the pitch.