Arsenal were utterly flat in a deserved 1-0 defeat in the early kick-off against West Ham on Saturday.
The less said about the overall performance the better. Arsenal started fairly brightly, but after West Ham grew into the game in the first half, Unai Emery’s side never got going again. The home side scored soon after the break and that was that. There was no real fight back, or big missed opportunity, the game just disappeared away.
Let’s have a look at our individual player ratings for the match.
1Goalkeeper and Centre-Backs
Bernd Leno 5
Made a couple of saves, but wasn’t tested much before or after conceding the goal. Played out from the back decently enough. The finish for the goal was too quick and accurate for Leno to even have time to react to it.
Shkodran Mustafi 3
For the fourth start in a row, Mustafi was subbed off early. This time, it was because Arsenal needed to change formation, but it’s still no surprise that he was the player sacrificed. He didn’t win any aerial duels defensively, and he was caught out of position a couple of times. The one tackle and one interception he made didn’t justify that.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos 6
Sokratis was significantly better than either of his defensive partners. He made more tackles than both of them combined, including one excellent stop on Arnautovic. His passing was also solid, with 97% accuracy and all of his long balls finding their targets. He still suffered from some positioning errors, and the back line never seemed in sync.
Laurent Koscielny 4
Similar to Mustafi, Koscielny looked pretty weak defensively, his worst moment coming when he played Arnautovic onside in a move that should have led to a Felipe Anderson goal in the first half. His passing was good, so that’s the one thing he had over his German teammate.
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