Arsenal made hard work of their game against relegation fodder, Stoke, on Easter Sunday.

The match was dire for the first hour until Alexandre Lacazette’s introduction sparked Arsenal into life.

But on a day of poor performances across the team, did anyone stand out?


LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 01: Ramadan Sobhi of Stoke City and David Ospina of Arsenal challenge for the ball during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Stoke City at Emirates Stadium on April 1, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
(Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

David Ospina 4

I must admit, my first thought upon seeing Ospina’s name on the teamsheet was to hope that Arsene Wenger had decided to let the Colombian play in the league because Petr Cech would now be given the responsibility of the Europa League. Neither are ideal options but Cech is certainly far better than Ospina.

Had little to do but managed to make that look awkward and, as one commentator said during the game, played ‘like an outfield player forced to play in goal’.

Hurt himself when he fumbled an easy take, two incidents that will make up 95% of Opsina’s showreel when he retires.

Was almost beaten direct from a corner and then got injured coming to claim the ball in injury time.

Hector Bellerin 6

Needs help on the right but kept the ball well, found his teammates and managed a key pass, and a shot. A couple of fouls highlighted how isolated he is out there.

Shkodran Mustafi 6.5

Mustafi grew into the game after a slow start with some exceptionally sloppy passing. Smashed Peter Crouch in the face so we can forgive all the rest.

Calum Chambers 6.5

Came in as expected for Laurent Koscielny whose body continues to hate him, and put in a solid display at both ends, registering three shots at goal (only Aubameyang managed more). Four interceptions was the best of the back line while he also managed three clearances.

Nacho Monreal 6

Like Chambers, Nacho managed three shots as his thirst for goals refuses to abate. A little off the pace like so many of his teammates, there was to be no sixth goal of the season for the 32-year-old. At 66.7%, his passing accuracy was the worst of any Arsenal player – including David Ospina.

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