Everton v Arsenal
Barclays Premier League
Kick off: April 06, 2014 1.30 PM BST
Yet another shocking performance from Arsenal, and 4th spot is now in jeopardy. How the players could look so lethargic and disinterested in a game of such importance is beyond me. Here are the player ratings:
Wojciech Szczesny | 7.25: The scoreline does not reflect Szczesny’s performance at all, as the Pole was actually pretty good, but got no support from his defence. Twice he made fantastic saves, and his defence were too slow or disorganised to clear the rebound.
Bacary Sagna | 5.5: Sagna was the best Arsenal man on the pitch in the first half, looking like the only one that really cared. He took a massive dip in the second half, seeming to join his team in their lackadaisical attitude. He wasn’t helped by a complete lack of support on the right until Ramsey and Chamberlain came on.
Per Mertesacker | 4.0: Really misses Koscielny, but that was no excuse for his poor performance. He was misjudging the flight of the ball regularly, and was beaten far too easily at times.
Thomas Vermaelen | 3.0: Struggled with Monreal for support, but his performance was not much better. Several defensive mistakes, and often seen standing off when he should have pressed.
Nacho Monreal | 2.5: Monreal was defensively horrendous, allowing Lukaku a free run of Arsenal’s left side. Along with Vermaelen he was responsible for the first 2 goals, and he really doesn’t look up to the task of the Premier League.
Mikel Arteta | 4.0: Made very few decent forward passes, but yet went missing defensively too. He is supposed to be the defensive pivot in midfield, but Barkley, Mirallas and McGeady were often seen charging forward through the middle, in exactly the area Arteta should be protecting.
Mathieu Flamini | 5.0: Was slightly better than Arteta, but seemed to be given more license to get forward. Restricted himself by picking up a foolish yellow, also giving him a 2 match ban.
Santi Cazorla | 4.5: With a player of Santi’s class, you often see moments of brilliance even when he’s playing poorly. That doesn’t forgive the fact that his defensive support was non existent, and his general passing game was certainly lacking something.
Tomas Rosicky | 5.0: A generally subdued performance from the Czech, and a lack of overlapping runs. He is most effective when he drives forward with the ball, with that short burst of acceleration he has, that just wasn’t there today.
Lukas Podolski | 5.5: He looked the most likely to get a goal for Arsenal in the first half, but was the epitome of Arsenal’s lazy, disinterested attitude at times. His tracking back was poor, and when Arsenal were countering he was often seen jogging casually from the back, well behind the rest of the team.
Olivier Giroud | 4.0: Given nothing to work with, but equally did nothing to contribute. His first touch and passing was off, and whereas early in the season his work rate made up for some of his shortcomings, today his work rate was non existent, making his other flaws stand out even more.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain | 7.0: Really added some pace into the team, and a directness that we were lacking. He and Ramsey completely changed the look of this Arsenal side, and he was very unlucky not to score with a belter of a shot.
Aaron Ramsey | 7.0: (MotM) We looked instantly better with Ramsey on the pitch, looking like he was never away, his link up play and overlapping runs bringing some life into the team. I’ve given him the MotM because no Arsenal player deserved it today, but the silver lining of today’s game is that Ramsey is back from injury.
Yaya Sanogo | 6.0: Difficult for him to have an impact when thrown on at 3-0 down. He did manage to grab a goal, but was incorrectly given offside.