Although it was only a pre-season match, some form of cohesion would have been nice.
Arsenal’s 3-0 loss against Chelsea at the Bird’s Nest Stadium on Saturday left a lot to be desired with most players looking slow and lethargic.
While the horrific playing surface certainly didn’t help, Chelsea didn’t suffer and instead tore the Gunners apart, particularly in the first half.
What’s clear is that Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Cohen Bramall aren’t anywhere near ready to play in the first team. However, Aaron Ramsey, Granit Xhaka, Olivier Giroud, Alex Iwobi and Mesut Ozil are looking sharper than the rest.
Here are the player ratings…
12. Alexandre Lacazette – 5
"LACAZETTE ACTUALLY HAS A FIRST TOUCH" pic.twitter.com/zNKvH9JyV5
— Josh (@BaiIIyesque) July 22, 2017
The newbie struggled to get involved or control the ball well.
11. Alex Iwobi – 5.5
The forward looked relatively sharp and eager to get involved.
10. Mesut Ozil – 6
The playmaker was one of Arsenal’s most promising men. He seemed to enjoy linking up with Ramsey in his new position.
9. Cohen Bramall – 3
The youngster isn’t ready to be anywhere near the first team; a poor first touch and generally not sharp enough.
8. Granit Xhaka – 6
The midfielder held onto the ball comparatively well considering how awful the pitch was and put through some decent passes.
7. Aaron Ramsey – 6.5
🔵 0-0 🔴 pic.twitter.com/OlXgrW3mN1
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) July 22, 2017
The Welshman was one of the only players who could just about control the ball on the weird, bobbly pitch.
6. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 5
The wide-man got involved in the opening exchanges but either got tired very quickly or lost interest.
5. Nacho Monreal – 5
It wasn’t the Spaniard’s strongest match.
4. Per Mertesacker – 5.5
— Planet Fútbol (@si_soccer) July 22, 2017
The centre-back wasn’t bad overall but should have done better for Michy Batshuayi’s goal. He sent his weight the wrong way and ended up getting caught out.
3. Ainsley Maitland-Niles – 3
The youngster seemed slow and although some of this could be attributed to the terrible pitch, his first touch was very poor.
2. David Ospina – 4
It's meant to be a friendly match but clearly Ospina didn't get the memo.
P.S. This is not his first time too. pic.twitter.com/3Za3liaF7S
— Akinsanya Joseph (@akinjoseph_) July 22, 2017
Almost killed Pedro.
Laurent Koscielny – 4
Kos admitted ahead of the game that he was still suffering from a bit of back pain, which explains why he didn’t start and couldn’t make much of an impact.
Mohamed Elneny – 4
He put in some decent passes.
Sead Kolasinac – 4
The newbie managed to get a yellow card in a friendly match. Nice.
Francis Coquelin – 4
Was involved in some decent build-up play.
Danny Welbeck – 4
The striker didn’t make much of an impact.
Olivier Giroud – 5
The big striker had an instant impact when he came on in the second half.
Reiss Nelson – 4
The youngster probably had Arsenal’s best chance of the game… five minutes before the end.
Joe Willock – 4
Didn’t have time to get really involved.