Arsenal’s latest embarrassment came at the hands of Bournemouth, but which players were the most culpable and which ones actually showed some pride in the shirt?
Let’s take a look…
Petr Cech 2
Handed the captain’s armband and had a terrible game to celebrate. He’s a mid-table keeper which is exactly where we are heading.
Calum Chambers 5
Superb flying block stopped Bournemouth from taking the lead after they were denied what they thought was a penalty for handball. Also got a subtle touch at the far post that stopped Bournemouth scoring a tap in.
Shkodran Mustafi 6
Four tackles, three interceptions and a massive nine clearances yet we still lost the game. There is a very good defender in there, unfortunately, Arsene Wenger will never get it out.
Rob Holding 5
Quietly decent and made three tackles, three interceptions and three clearances but lost Wilson for the opener.
Hector Bellerin 5
Opened the scoring with an effort Begovic should have done better with. His crossing is embarrassing at times, hitting it without looking as if he’s some no-mark wannabe in a pub team. His head was turned in the summer but with all the crazy around Alexis and Ozil, most people don’t mention it.
Jack Wilshere 8
Head and shoulders above everybody else on the pitch.
Granit Xhaka 4
Decided he’d rather admire Jordan Ibe as he ran past him to score Bournemouth’s winner rather than track him. He’s been asked to do a job he’s just not suited to, like many in the team, and being made to look worse than he actually is as a result.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles 6
How calm is this guy? Hit the bar after putting a few defenders on the floor but at the other end almost got himself in trouble with his relaxed attitude to getting the ball away.
Alex Iwobi 6
Was lively and delivered a superb pass to Hector for the opener. Can’t shoot for shit. Handled the ball in the box deliberately and should have had a penalty given against him
Danny Welbeck 3
When Danny first arrived the fans took to him because, in addition to working hard, he scored against Manchester United. Now, however, he’s just a player who, in between knee injuries, works hard but can’t actually control a football.
Alexandre Lacazette 7
Looked truly disgusted at times and it’s not hard to understand why given the service he receives from his teammates. His last three goals came from Aaron Ramsey assists and he hasn’t scored since the Welshman was injured. I’m giving him a 7 because it’s not his fault the players picked to service him are idiots that don’t understand football.
Aaron Ramsey 3
Came on and Arsenal conceded immediately as they all stood around deciding who was going where.
Theo Walcott 3
Arsene Wenger’s last throw of the dice was to turn to a player he has sidelined all season and who wants to leave, asking him to rescue a team he no longer wants to play for, despite doing nothing of note all season. He touched the ball 7 times.
David Ospina, Sead Kolasinac, Per Mertesacker, Mohamed Elneny, Eddie Nketiah
Where was Alexis?
“He’s being vague at the moment. His situation is not completely decided, one way or the other so I left him at home,” said Arsene Wenger before the game. After the game Wenger said his future would be sorted in the next 48 hours.
We said in our preview Friend is, well, a friend for Arsenal and so it turned out. Didin’t give Bournemouth a penalty when Iowbi clearly handled the ball in the box, booked their players for little and generally aimed his shitness in their direction rather than Arsenal’s.