Arsenal slipped to a new low over the weekend, losing a fourth consecutive match, 2-1 against newly promoted Brighton & Hove Albion.
The showing wasn’t good enough from the entire team, but there were one or two performances that stood out, for positive or negative reasons.
Here are our individual player ratings:
Petr Čech 1.5
Čech was at least partially at fault for both Brighton goals, as he admitted himself afterwards. From then on he improved, and made a couple of decent saves, but the damage was done. In the Premier League, you can’t start matches with a needless two-goal disadvantage.
His distribution was also poor throughout. You could make excuses for him and David Ospina struggling to play out against a team like Manchester City, but not Brighton.
Calum Chambers 2.5
Before the match, fans were worried that Chambers wouldn’t be able to handle the pacey Izquierdo. In fairness, it wasn’t a repeat of the Jefferson Montero situation a few years ago, and he did catch the Brighton man offside once or twice. Still, it wasn’t a particularly confident performance either.
More importantly, Chambers didn’t do enough going forward, and that’s where Arsenal needed help.
Shkodran Mustafi 2.5
Mustafi was caught out for the second goal, watching the ball instead of getting close to his man. After that, 2-0 down against a promoted side, he shouldn’t have needed to do much. Even so, his partnership with Koscielny looked as shaky as ever when Brighton did get forward.
In his defence, other than losing Murray for the goal, he was very good in the air. He won seven of his nine aerial duels, but he lost the one that counted.
Laurent Koscielny 2
Just like Mustafi and Čech, Koscielny had his part to play in the second goal. He played a poor pass to Wilshere which Brighton easily intercepted to win possession in a dangerous area. Unfortunately for the Frenchman, there was no saving grace later on. He didn’t do enough throughout the match.
Sead Kolašinac 2.5
As with all the other defenders, Kolašinac didn’t do enough in the opening minutes. In the second half he took a big risk almost picking up a second yellow for a clash with Ezequiel Schelotto. He did create a couple of chances, which is more than you could say for half the players in front of him.