Arsenal were thoroughly humiliated on Saturday at Manchester City, losing 5-0 with 10 men, but one player stunk up the place more than the others – and it wasn’t Granit Xhaka.
Against Chelsea last week, only one player in the Arsenal side scored a player rating of 7. Everybody else was rated between around 5 and 6.7.
That’s pretty poor, especially when only one Chelsea player got a rating below 7.
Against Manchester City, it was even worse.
Arsenal’s highest-rated player was, once again, Emile Smith Rowe, the player who got a 7 last week. This week, he got 6.5 and was one of only two Arsenal players to get above a 6. Martin Odegaard was the other with 6.1.
At the back in defence, however, it was an absolute sh*t-show.
Not one of the five defenders on the pitch managed to get as high as a 5 rating. The ‘best’ of the bunch, and I am stretching the word ‘best’ to absolute breaking point here, was Rob Holding with 4.9. Calum Chambers got 4.8, as did Kieran Tierney. Sead Kolasinac got a 4.5.
Then, there was Cedric Soares.
Cedric Soares is a professional footballer with 138 Premier League games under his belt along with four in Serie A and 93 in Portugal’s top tier.
He finished Arsenal’s game against Manchester City with a 3. A THREE!
Soares, 29, completed seven passes, 44% of the total he tried. He lost eight duels, more than any other player, failed in his only dribble attempt, made no blocks, attempted no tackles, and lost all five of his aerials.
It doesn’t need me to say that if you can’t do something as basic as pass the ball more often to a teammate than you don’t, you shouldn’t be playing football at this level, yet here we are.
Arsenal player ratings vs Manchester City
It’s worth noting that Ainsley Maitland-Niles received a 6.2 after he came on. Perhaps that’s because he didn’t have much time to do much wrong, but he had 19 minutes. Soares was plenty able to do loads wrong with that amount of time.