It was another disappointing performance from The Gunners who missed the opportunity to return to the top. Here are player ratings from tonight’s game:
Wojciech Szczesny | 8.0: Made a crucial save with a little help from the crossbar to deny The Lying Dutchman’s header and spared Arteta from a few blushes.
Bacary Sagna | 7.5: He was reliable in the defence but his crosses deserved a much better striker than Giroud. Perhaps we would have had even more from Bac if Walcott hadn’t been injured.
Per Mertesacker | 7.0: Can do better but he was part of the defence that kept the clean sheet against Rooney, The Lying Dutchman, Mata and Januzaj – not bad at all. Still, he might have done better before van Persie forced a brilliant save from Szczesny.
Laurent Koscielny | 7.5: Just like Mertesacker, he needed a solid performance to restore the confidence after Liverpool fiasco and he gave it. Unfortunately, his excellent header was cleared off the line by Valencia.
Kieran Gibbs | 8.0: Arguably the most important defender in our team as Monreal’s form hasn’t been as good as it had been last term.
Mikel Arteta | 6.0: I don’t know what is it in the Arsenal armband that make our captains prone to giving away the ball to Van Persie. Arteta didn’t give the best performance and it might be just a coincidence that his form has declined and his age more visible ever since Aaron Ramsey has been out.
Jack Wilshere | 6.5: He can do better.
Mesut Özil | 7.0: The next sentence might sound strange – after all, it was Özil for whom Arsene Wenger broke his transfer record and splashed 42.5 million pounds for – but the German genius is a victim of Wenger’s austerity. Had Wenger signed a proper striker with a pace, Özil would have had someone to use his extraordinary passing abilities.
Santi Cazorla | 7.5: One of the best players tonight. Unfortunately, neither of his shots went into the net. He might repair his shooting abilities against Liverpool and Bayern in order to save our season. So Santi, no pressure, eh?
Tomas Rosicky | 6.5: I like him a lot. He might have looked rusty when it comes to passing but there is a spirit of a warrior in The Little Mozart.
Olivier Giroud | 6.0: His hold-up play is the only reason why I gave him a positive mark. His pace let him down again when he should have scored. We need much a better player on his position and that’s visible every time a big match passes by. Unfortunately, Arsene Wenger is a huge fan of Giroud and just like when it comes to his famous zipper on the coat, he prefers to keep non-perfect stuff instead of replacing them with better options. Giroud has scored 0 (zero) goals against Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United so far.
Alex Oxlade Chamberlain | 6.5: Couldn’t make any realistic impact on the game.