Laurent Koscielny made it into Jamie Redknapp’s Team of the Weekend for the most recent round of fixtures, but a couple of others were surprising absentees.
There’s no doubt Koscielny deserved to be in contention for a team-of-the-week spot, after putting in a fantastic defensive performance alongside Sokratis Papastathopoulos to shut Tottenham Hotspur down. It was only an incorrect offside penalty decision that eventually stole away the Gunners’ clean sheet.
It’s a little surprising to see Redknapp pick Koscielny over Sokratis, who won the man of the match award. However, it really could’ve gone to either of them on the day. Virgil van Dijk also had an excellent game for Liverpool, so it was just a case of having to fit three great performances into a team with only two available spots.
What’s more of a shock is that Hugo Lloris makes the team over Bernd Leno. Lloris saved Arsenal’s late penalty, but it really wasn’t a hard save at all. In fact, it was so easy that he should’ve done better than to palm it out to Alex Iwobi. The goalkeeper got lucky his defenders had encroached into the penalty area to block the follow-up.
Meanwhile, Leno had no chance with Harry Kane’s penalty, but he still managed to make the save of the match (and one of the saves of the season) to deny Tottenham twice just before half time. Those stops should have won Arsenal the three points, but for the poor officiating.
Nacho Monreal should also have been in with a shout, but I’ll admit to not having followed Brighton-Huddersfield too closely, so perhaps Bernardo really deserved to be ahead of him.
At least we’re back to complaining about good performances not being recognised, rather than trying to figure out why the team isn’t playing well. That’s an improvement.