It’s quite unbelievable how on Earth this game ended as a draw instead of a convincing victory for us. Even if we were one goal behind with only 15 minutes to go, it’s two points lost and not one gained. We played well, we were all over the opponents and had the ball for most of the game but failed to score more than once. Here are the ratings from yesterday’s draw against the Spuds.
Wojciech Szczesny | 6.0: As we have pointed out many times before, his distribution should be better. Couldn’t do much about the goal but perhaps if he was better at distribution, he would have spared us Flamini’s mistake.
Calum Chambers | 7.5: If that shot went just a little bit lower, CC would have opened his account. He was a constant threat down the right flank and his combo with Chamberlain will cause a lot of problems for most opponents.
Per Mertesacker | 6.75: Did well, made an important intervention in front of Adebayor. Could have scored an instant equalizer but Lloris made a brilliant save.
Laurent Koscielny | 7.0: Sometimes there is beauty in a tackle. Koscielny’s tackle in the second half when he won a throw-in for us and broke up a dangerous counter-attack was delicious.
Kieran Gibbs | 7.25: Attacked the visitors constantly and offered width for the attacking department. Got a lower mark than Chambers for not being near Chadli when the Belgian scored.
Mikel Arteta | 6.0: Unfortunately, our captain is out for some time due to injury and nobody can predict for how long. It’s certain that he’ll miss the two important matches against Galatasaray and Chelsea.
Aaron Ramsey | 6.0: Picked up an ugly injury. Like Arteta, the Welshman will miss the next two matches and probably a few games after those as well. It was clear, however, that he hasn’t been in form lately. The same thing happened last term – his dip in form was followed by the injury against West Ham on Boxing Day.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain | 7.75: MoTM. Scored an equalizer after Welbeck’s unintentional dummy and was causing lots of problems for the visitors in combination with the overlapping Chambers. Hopefully, more goals and assists are coming from the Ox.
Mesut Özil | 7.5: Perhaps he should have gotten his second MoTM-award in a row but I opted for Chamberlain instead. The German was more lively in the second half once he was moved into the middle. In a bizarre way, Ramsey’s injury helped him to find his game today.
Jack Wilshere | 7.0: Looked lively and dangerous before another ankle injury forced him out. He hasn’t been protected by the referees as much as he should have been.
Danny Welbeck | 6.75: His team-work is remarkable, his ability to recover the last ball too but his shooting technique is so much Gervinho. Luckily, his air-balling was followed by Chamberlain’s composed finish.
Mathieu Flamini | 4.5: Made a huge mistake that took two points away from us. The Frenchman obviously isn’t of the required level to be our full time defensive midfielder.
Santi Cazorla | 6.5: Didn’t produce the magic he is capable of. Just like Özil, he prefers to play down the middle.
Alexis Sánchez | 6.5: We scored after he came on, and his cross into the box set up the goal. Still, he didn’t look as convincing as he usually is.