Well that wasn’t fun at all, especially for Wenger’s birthday!
After a magnificent display in midweek, Arsenal woke up in last season and drew 0-0 at home to Middlesbrough, with barely any chances to score and many chances to concede. None of the players were particularly in the mood to break Boro’s defence.
Petr Čech – 8
Starting brightly with these ratings, Petr Čech gets my MOTM award. He saved us more than once in both first and second half, and thanks to him we at least kept a clean sheet and got a point today. He could have reacted better when they hit the post.
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Hector Bellerin – 7
Bellerin did okay today, no one can outrun him. He was up front quite a lot but his crosses just didn’t seem to get to the right place.
Laurent Koscielny – 7
He looked a bit off in the first half, as did the rest of defence, but much improved in second one. He almost scored after Alexis’ cross and was just an inch too short. Magnificent tackle on Negredo at the end of the match.
Shkodran Mustafi – 6.5
An okay match for Mustafi, minus the one “could have been big” error in second half, when he passed the ball directly to Boro’s player, and was forced to tackle him, which got him the only yellow card in the match. If Moss was the referee, could have easily been a red, huh.
Nacho Monreal – 6
I can’t believe I’m giving the lowest rating to my man Nacho. Traore ripped him to pieces whenever he wanted, and when he came up front to cross, all his crosses were poor or didn’t even go pass first man. He has been dropping in form for a while now.
Francis Coquelin – 7
Although he didn’t help in creating something up front, Coquelin did a good job in breaking attacks, keeping the ball and passing. He joined in attacks a few times as well, but it’s just not his job to create chances.
Mohamed Elneny – 6.5
He did the same things Coquelin did but not as good. They are simply too similar to play together which was perfectly displayed today. His corners were okay.
Mesut Özil – 6.5
This surely wasn’t one of the Mesut’s best performances – perhaps he used all of his mojo in midweek? He did manage to score albeit from offside position, and did create a few chances for Theo but it all came to nothing in the end. Not very good at set pieces either.
Theo Walcott – 6.5
I blame myself for this poor performance from Theo; I made him my captain in fantasy football this week. He was at the end of a few chances but failed to score. All of his attempts were either saved or wide. A game to forget for him.
Alex Iwobi – 6
Quiet today up front and was first to go off in second half. He tried to do something but it wasn’t happening today, which is perfectly fine when you remember how old (young) he actually is.
Alexis Sanchez – 7
This man never stops trying or running, and in all this trying and running of his, he often makes things more complicated than they need to be. I shouted a few times at him to pass sooner or pass to different player. He had some good chances but it just wasn’t going to happen today.
Lucas Perez – 6.5
Much like against Ludogorets, Lucas came on and made an impact. No assist today, but he was involved a lot up front and definitely deserves to start against Reading in midweek.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 6.5
Ox was the one who assisted Mesut for that offside goal and with that he did more than most of the others did in whole match.